Excursion #1 – Redeveloped Shanghai Slaughterhouse

My roommate and I rose at 8am to the chugging and hissing sounds of the charter bus parked in front out of our building, waiting for us all to file in and explore the parts of Shanghai that have demonstrated urban development/industrialization in recent decades.  Today, the itinerary held plans to visit a former Shanghai slaughterhouse which has been redeveloped to hold office spaces, creative coffee shops, upscale furniture boutiques, photography studios to name a few. It was interesting to notethat development does not always entail sky-scraping buildings and touch screen conference tables, but also the redesign of historical buildings.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA All seated and ready en route Shanghai’s 1933 slaughterhouse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA KFC: often times a food safe haven if you’re not feeling too particularly adventurous

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Professor Zhang briefing us on the developmental history of this part of Shanghai before we explore the slaughterhouse.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The captivating spiral architecture of the slaughterhouse, a photographer’s playground, was undeniably creative, unique, and functional. I was surprised at the wide variety of businesses located in this complex from coffee shops with roaming animals to a Ferrari Owner’s club to a ballroom to investment firms. For me, the complex held a slightly eerie feeling as it seemed deserted, quiet, dark, damp, and gray with (questionable) stains on the concrete.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA As we climbed the spiral-pebbled ramps to the next floor, I could almost imagine the cattle being herded to their demise.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ballroom as well? What an eclectic array of functions this slaughterhouse currently holds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I have to admit, there are a few things I would have liked to see in this exhibit to enhance a visitor’s experience. Along with other students, we felt a bit lost exploring the maze, wondering where each process of the slaughterhouse was taking place (i.e. where cattle was contained, how meat was packaged, etc.) or in what order we should explore the levels. I do think that with some signs, preferably with picture comparing the sight before and after the redesign, would have been a tremendous help in understand the direct changes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Not a cozy coffee shop without some furry company

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Manjot & his new buddy sharing a glass of iced tea.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Panda Party

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Fluffy Friends

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The group picture after our first excursion

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After the field trip, we decided to take a stroll through the area which included walking through some residential areas and a park.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Professor Yan cheesin’ in the alleyways

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA What a cutie.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hollywood in Shanghai?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA New York in Shanghai?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Central Perk cafe – a surprising treat for all you Friends fans out there

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This coffee corner is a unique find with a nearly exact replica of the Friends set and re-runs of the TV show on the screens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Victor got cozy on this spot to watch a bit of Friends

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Don’t forget to leave your personal mark on the wall as you depart

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA So fortunate to have Chinese speakers with us to lead us in the right direction. Amanda always surprised the locals with her fluency.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Shanghai family spending the afternoon lounging together

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Shanghai home

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sleeper bus

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dynamic, condensed city

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Quiet walk through the park with some good company – a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of the city

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