Today I’m NOT feeling quite alright….some vicious virus seems to be attacking my stomach….making me feel kind of….pukish. So, what suits my mood better than to publicise a couple of slightly scary/intimidating/ugly pictures of an abandoned banking palace here in Shanghai?
My friend C and I stumbled on this extraordinary place while enjoying one of our city walks, when we look at and learn about all sorts of interesting old buildings in Shanghai.
Sometimes, when trying to get a closer look into interesting buildings in this city, you are more or less brusqely told off buy an intimidating looking security guard. And sometimes, you are heartily welcomed in. And in some cases, you encounter guards who are so perplexed by your appearance that they forget to tell you off and just smile broadly at you and your strange interest in ”their” building. The latter was the case when we peeped into this magnificent place…
Luckily, C can read Chinese, and the hand-painted signs at the door told her that this building, which is situated at the back of the Bund, is/was some kind of banker’s association headquarter.
Well, as you can see, this place is in dire need of thorough renovation. I just hope the city doesn’t tear the place down. It is truly magnificent.
The grayness of it all.
An awe-inspiring entrance.
The discrete beauty of grime.
Behind these doors, there used to be some VERYVERY SERIOUS and TOTALLY IMPORTANT banking work being done. Just imagine!
It was not until C, on a whim, took a flash shot of the ceiling, and we looked at the pic, that we realized what exceptional stuff is hidden in this gloominess!
Eventually, the soft-spoken security guard gently turned his back on us. Thank you so much for letting us in and about 🙂