The world is full of contradictions, that's for sure and China provides examples on a daily basis. President Nixon brought KFC and the Colonel himself to Beijing way back in the 70s.
This was part of early Independence Day celebrations hosted by the US Consulate in Shanghai. I actually helped FAD staff member Kenny score a signed some famous player NFL football as he had the lucky fortune cookie task that would clinch the deal if only he had a selfie with the Consul General... which I happened to take in the meet n greet. One very happy Kenny... and possibly his son!
In Abu Dhabi there is no shortage of sand nor impressive edifi that challenge and amaze your thinking. The two stand outs are the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the the Grand Mosque. Hav not heard what the rights package that leveraged the deal to licensed the name Louvre Abu Dhabi, but it must have been a pretty penny. Something that is not in short supply in this part of the world. As amazing as the Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to its architecture and beautifully curated collections on show in its salons, the Grand Mosque takes it all to another level.
The thing about Beijing is that there is little architectural fear in the minds of the town planners. It is a city that has remarkable pieces of architecture that produce building such "The Pants" Building. Next to the massive China Mall it is building that has a design that relies on adjoining and connecting buildings to act as a counter weight to keep it upright... which is fine in theory until a fire rages through one of the all important counter weight buildings.
So, what would have normally been demolished, like Phoenix the hotel has risen from the ashes and order and balance has been restored ensuring that no pants fall down unexpectantly. Being a hotel its important to make such a distinction.
So, we are at Jade Dragon Snow Moutain... and this is not the only place in China where one can find a situation when too much information is actually... too much. Like using every part of the animal, this is using technology to ensure throughput is at its maximum...
Old world moment at the State Hotel in Hangzhou... versus new moment when this robot escorted us to our room. Chatted away as we walked...
Pigface in Aust is generally used to describe a succulent like plant. Carrefour Supermarket in Shanghai provide new meaning. From the food section...
In China, the world of IKEA is a little different. On hot days the locals flock to the cool environment of the Swedish retail giant and have no problem in taking up every opportunity to sample the goods in a way that may not happen elsewhere in the world... one woman is on her phone, the other sleeping.
It is a cracker... but would have thought that it was a celebration worth more than a bowl of borscht... perhaps there was a tipple of something as well. But hey, times were tough.
hyphen31 (Don Collins) has been playing with technology since the days of the Apple+. On the web well before www. he continues to savour the richness of the webiverse in small bytes. He finally leapt from the couch and created this own domain & website forsaking all earlier incarnations...