PhotonPhotography by Viktor Lakics

Shanghai Mood

Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden ( lit. Garden of Happiness or Garden of Peace is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai, China. Yu Garden was first conceived in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan as a comfort for his father, the minister Pan En, in his old age. Pan Yunduan began the project after failing one of the imperial exams, but his appointment as governor of Sichuan postponed construction for nearly twenty years until 1577.[7] The garden was the largest and most prestigious of its era in Shanghai, but eventually its expense helped ruin the Pans.[7] The garden was inherited by Zhang Zhaolin, Pan Yunduan's granddaughter's husband, and then passed to different owners. A section was briefly organized by Zhang Shengqu as the "Academy of Purity and Harmony" and the Ling Yuan ( "Spirit Park"), today's East Garden, was purchased by a group of local leaders in 1709. A group of merchants renovated the increasingly decrepit grounds in 1760 and in 1780 the West Garden was opened to the general public.

The Empire Strikes Back

The Jin Mao Tower (金茂大廈, literally "Golden Prosperity Building") is an 88-story landmark supertall skyscraper in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It contains offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel. Until 2007 it was the tallest building in China, the fifth tallest in the world by roof height and the seventh tallest by pinnacle height. Along with the Oriental Pearl Tower, it is part of the Pudong skyline. Its height was surpassed on September 14, 2007 by the Shanghai World Financial Center which is next to the building. The Shanghai Tower, a 128-story building located next to these two buildings and now under construction, will be even taller.

The Prayer Machine

Prayer Ribbons at the Jade Buddha temple. A prayer ribbon can be used for any type of spiritual request. The ribbon(s) are activated at the altar, then placed outside with the idea that as the ribbons dance in the wind, your prayers are transmitted to the Spirits. Each ribbon can "pray" for your health, success, your loved ones, ceased relatives, whatever you really ask for support from your heart. ............................................... As seen in the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China.

Water Village, Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang (周庄), lying 30 kilometres away from Suzhou. A lot of the original, historic buildings in Suzhou were demolished, so Zhouzhuang is one of the few places where true regional architecture can still be seen. It is probably the most famous and popular of the four water towns, welcoming tourists since the 1980s. The story behind its rise to national attention is quite interesting. In 1984, Chinese painter Chen Yifei held an exhibition in New York, including a painting of the Twin Bridges in Zhouzhuang. A wealthy art patron bought it and gave it as a gift to Deng Xiaoping on a visit to China the following month. It wasn’t just Chen Yifei who took inspiration from the Twin Bridges. It, and the 13 other stone bridges, have been the subject of countless artists’ work over the years. The Twin Bridges are the collective name for Shide and Yongan – two Ming era bridges positioned at right angles over the water. The Fu'an Bridge is the oldest in Zhouzhuang, built in 1355, and now houses tea houses and shops within its towers. Other attractions in the town include two stately homes (Zhang and Shen) built and inhabited by local medieval lords, and the Milou Tower.

The "Big Picture" of Shanghai Detail

And here is the view from the Oriental Pearl Tower from the so called "Space Cabin" about 370 m high... For a nice zoomed view please check out my other pic: Shanghai Detail

Shanghai Detail

Hi Everybody, I am back from my trip, sharing some photographs. Hope you like it:-) -------------------------------------- Zoomed view of a landmark architecture in Shanghai's Pudong the financial district. The circular walkway gives open access for pedestrians to all surrounding streets. As seen from above, standing at one of the observation decks in the Oriental Pearl Tower. If you are curious about the surroundings of this beautiful place, please check my other photo: The Big Picture for the photo, 'Shanghai Details'

Pudong Skyline, Shanghai

I know...Yes, this is the picture which everybody takes when in Shanghai... But when you are there on the Bund (the riverside) and see the view on the skyline of the Pudong, the financial district of Shanghai, your fingers just cannot resist to take that click... It is captivating indeed. So despite of my hesitation I decided to share it anyway... So here it is, hope you forgive:-))

On a Clear Day, in Shanghai

One of the rare moments in this amazing city - the sun is out... At least that was my impression - it is always cloudy. Hope you like it!

From The 80th

The Senate of the Galactic Republic from Star Wars?!...No, not really! This is the view of the atrium of Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel located between the 57th and 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower! On a few of my previous uploads the Jin Mao Tower was featured from outside. On this picture you can see the atrium of the hotel from the 80th floor. You do not want to jump down to reception:-)! I converted it from golden (the original colour) to B&W to stress the structure, but otherwise this is the view! Pure craziness if you ask me. No wonder that the daily maintenance cost of the building amounts to a whopping $121000 !! Hope you like it!

Stone Jungle Detail

...Colourful rooftops in Shanghai.

From the 80th Floor (2)

A different angle compared to my first shot which I uploaded some months ago. This is the view from the 80th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai, down to the reception area - perfect Vertigo. Just put yourself into my shoes for a second standing in the little bay shown on the bottom left corner of the photo and look down... Careful! Do not drop your camera:-)) ------------------------------------- If you voted here please also "Like" my PhotonPhotography Facebook page

Venice of the East

I have published this before, but lately I have made some changes to liven this up. Hope you like the new version. ----------------------------------- Zhouzhuang (周庄), lying 30 kilometres away from Suzhou. A lot of the original, historic buildings in Suzhou were demolished, so Zhouzhuang is one of the few places where true regional architecture can still be seen. It is probably the most famous and popular of the four water towns, welcoming tourists since the 1980s. The story behind its rise to national attention is quite interesting. In 1984, Chinese painter Chen Yifei held an exhibition in New York, including a painting of the Twin Bridges in Zhouzhuang. A wealthy art patron bought it and gave it as a gift to Deng Xiaoping on a visit to China the following month. It wasn’t just Chen Yifei who took inspiration from the Twin Bridges. It, and the 13 other stone bridges, have been the subject of countless artists’ work over the years. The Twin Bridges are the collective name for Shide and Yongan – two Ming era bridges positioned at right angles over the water. ------------------------------- As usual, If you like my work please support me with a "Like" on my new Facebook page of PhotonPhotography

Shanghai Split

Shanghai has many faces... So far I have shown you tall skyscrapers modern roundabouts, fantastic hotels. But Shanghai magic does not stop there... There are the historic neighborhoods, THE OLD SHANGHAI. This photo was taken there. The "Split" is on the photo, but it really exists there as well. Old and new continue to live side by side. Hope you like it:-)