'History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme' - Mark Twain.
A gallimaufry of random China history and research interests
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The Bund by Dan Chung and a Plethora of Silly Animal Hats
The Guardian’s Dan Chung, who it appears to be spending some time in China, has posted another of his rather lyrical and relaxing videos on the Grauniad’s website (I noted his excellent film on Shanghai's Longchang housing estate the other day). This time he’s just filmed people on The Bund enjoying themselves and highlighting the penchant for silly animal hats that is all the rage this Chinese New Year. He also has some nice shots of the Bund and down onto the Jinmao Building and Pudong presumably taken from atop the new IFC skyscraper – better known as the “Bottle Opener” for obvious reasons (left).
As someone who divides their time pretty evenly writing about China now and China back then this seemed like a place to throw all the interesting bits that fall through the cracks somehow and never get used anywhere else.
It's basically the stuff that doesn't get used in my writing about modern China or in the books I do about old China - i.e. probably of little interest to anyone but me and therefore ideally suited to an obscure blog up a dark cul-de-sac of the Internet.