Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Shanghai ~ day 4: Jing'an and The Bund

Tina stayed in a nice area called Jing'an Temple...near the Temple as it happens and the Jing'an Gardens which we never got to see.

URBN claims to be Shanghai's (may be China's) only carbon-neutral hotel. It's a bit of a marketing ploy and is run by a couple of American entrepreneurs who keep having business meetings in the lounge area of the hotel...yes, I eavesdropped! ;)

But no doubt, the hotel is chi-chi. And at US$200 a night it's gotta be I guess. The most interesting thing was the room layout and how traditional concepts of space and living areas were challenged. Tina's room was 450-500 sq foot but had a bath, shower, toilet, king bed, lounge, and workstation. It also had a polite notice about how Chinese government interference with the satellite had affected the service. URBN should've got one of the many bootleg satellite services available in Shanghai. Pay less, get illegal (aka foreign) TV channels!?

After we checked out the hotel room Tina and I left to rendevous with her friends at the Art Expo happening within walking distance at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Think of an international commercial gallery version of the Tate Modern in Shanghai. Click on this fellow blogger's posting to see pics and words.

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