SHANGHAI -- As promised, today I attempted to conquer jet lag and see the sights in Shanghai. The time difference between Los Angeles and Shanghai is 15 hours, so my body thinks it's bed time when it's high noon!
As for the sights, I took some pictures to share....
First is the iconic picture of modern Shanghai and its breathtaking skyline along the Huangpu River, as seen from the "Bund" --
Of course, you can't just take one picture at this place, you have to take the equivalent of an entire roll of film. So here is a picture of me:
And here's jury member Daniel Heifetz:
And here is Chen Yi - the former mayor of Shanghai. He his statue stands (quite tall) near the river as well.
Along the west side of the river are a majestic row of early 20th century buildings. One was a bank with amazing murals inside -- unfortunately it was against the rules to take pictures! So here is the outside of one of them:
Here is a little something from the part of town where our hotel is; it just looked randomly cool as I was walking by, looking at little clothing shops.
And last but not least: a portrait of a Westerner's language confusion in China! It's actually the ceiling of the restaurant where I had Indian food for dinner, but I thought it captured that feeling of saturation with a language I don't know but with I did!
Tomorrow I will go see a Chinese opera and may not post until the next day. The violin-playing resumes on Sunday, with semi-finalists playing Mozart's Concerto No. 3, for which they must play their own cadenzas! See those performances on this page and check Violinist.com for more from Shanghai!
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