Jing An temple

One of the prettiest and biggest buddhist temples in Shanghai, and I used to live opposite it in my first house in Shanghai back in 2002. It was originally named Hudu Chongyuan, today’s name Jing An comes from the district it’s located in, Jing An. In 1972 it was burnt down, and was then reconstructed and opened up to the public again in 1990. It then had a total make over again that took several years and was completed in 2010. Today it is a very grand a peaceful place to visit. I especially like to visit the temple in the mornings. People are praying, singing and even if I am not a buddhist I feel very happy and calm every time I had a visit here in the morning.

The temple was built 247AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. At that time it was located beside the Suzhou Creek. It was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty but during the Cultural Revolution, the temple was converted into a plastic factory. In 1983, it was returned to its original purpose.

The temple has three main halls, Hall of Heavenly Kings, Three Sage Hall and Mahavira Hall. There is a very big bronze bell from the Ming dynasty, beutiful paintings, buddhas etc..

You can easily get here by Metro, and then you get of by Jing An Temple station. And several bus lines stop there too.

1686 Nanjing W Rd, Jing An Si, Jing’an, Shanghai

By Malin Nordblom

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Möller villa

Möller Villa, or Moller Villa as he changed his name has a very fascinating story..

The old magical castle used to belong to the swedish shipping magnate Eric Möller and was ready in 1936. The Möllers were originally from Helsingborg in southern Sweden. Eric Möller was the son of the wealthy businessman Captain Nils Moller who sailed his brig ‘Osaka’ from Sweden.
After a legal argument with the Swedish and Norwegian Consulates concerning flags of convenience, Captain Nils declared himself a citizen of Shanghai.
He later removed the umlaut from his Swedish family name of ‘Moller‘.
He had two further families in Shanghai (with Alethea Stephenson and Hannah Clappison). The business grew and expanded into eight cities in China, and although the Mollers left Shanghai in 1950, their companies continued operating in Hong Kong into the 1990s. The family business was shipping and shipbuilding, and in Shanghai, the Moller portfolio included shipping lines, insurance, real estate and investment. In 1913, Eric Moller took over the family business and prospered. He had a steamboat that ran between Shanghai and Zhenjiang in Jiangsu Province, and, in the mid-1920s, decided to embark on the construction of a house for his big family – six children. The combination of a distinctly Scandinavian style with architectural references to ships throughout the house hints that Möller ( Moller)  was probably heavily involved in the design.  Eric Moller was a big horseracing fan, and the chair of the Shanghai Horse Racing Club. There is a picture at the wall of the hotel of him and Prince Charles at a race.

During the Pacific War, the house was occupied by the Japanese. Later, it housed a Kuomintang espionage agency.  The Möllers left Shanghai in 1950, soon after the communists came to power. Eric Möller died in a plane crash 1954 in Singapore, when his daughter was waiting for him. His son’s Eric JR and Ralph took over the business after he died. They also owned a stud farm, White Lodge Stud, in Newmarket in England. For more than half a century, the Moller Mansion served as the headquarters of the Communist Youth League Shanghai Branch. In 1989, the Villa was listed as one of Shanghai’s protected historical buildings. In 2001, the local Hengshan Group took it over and restored the original mansion, added several garish imitation buildings in the back, and reopened it all as a hotel in May 2002. And I stayed at the hotel, Wich was a bit exciting. I had a beautiful room, but a very poor breakfast. I have been to many happenings in the villa. And I had a very interesting evening with the architectural historian Tess Johnston in the villa. Just after the reopening.  2006, the hotel was ”closed for repairs” while in fact it was being used as the headquarters of a corruption investigation into Shanghai’s top official, Party Secretary Chen Liangyu. The villa hotel did not reopen to guests until April 2009.

At the hotel nowadays it says that Eric Moller was British, but he originally came from southern Sweden.  And my gran was married to a Moller from southern Sweden, are they related by any chance? And my granddad traveled to Shanghai when he was young.. And I lived there twice.. It’s under my skin…

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Möller and his employees in 1947

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Pain Chaud

Pretty packed little coffee shop, a nice mix of very cool Shanghaiers and expats. Great cappuccino with yummie baguettes. (And yes I had to grab a bite before I took the photo..)  If you are lucky you might get a seat, if not just bring the food.

27 Yong Kang Lu


Cathay

This beautiful old Art Deco cinema from the 1930s at Huaihai Lu in Shanghai was  designed by Czech architect C.H. Gonda. It opened on January 1, 1932 with the American movie “A Free Soul” starring Norma Shearer. It was renovated in 2003. Unfortunately it is just the outside that is still like before, the rest is not very nice.  Even if it got municipal preservation status in the early nineties. (Middle Huaihai Road is also well known by its former French name Avenue Joffre, especially when you talk to some of the very old expats in Shanghai. )

ADDRESS: 870 Huaihai Zhong Lu,
near Maoming Lu
淮海中路870号, 近茂名路

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Yu garden

Yu Garden was first built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. But it took a long time to complete it. It was the largest and most prestigious garden in Shanghai. It’s been damaged a lot several times. And during the first opium war the the British army used the Huxinting Teahouse as a base of operations for several days in 1842. Since 1982 Yu Garden is a national monument.


Breakfast time

I love eating breakfast! Here is a a breakfast that started off with Green & Safe’s yoghurt, granola and honey, orange and carrot juice. And then I finished off with a magic bun. Well if you walk all day long, then you deserve a nice bun. 67756AAD-2A5F-48D8-9A68-4EF2B8D68FE7

6 Dongping Lu, Shanghai



Street food

Everywhere in China you can find fantastic street food. Some dishes might be strange if your not used to them.

But there is so much good food to try out! Like sweet potatoes, Jianbing (like sort of a pancake with egg, oil, spring onion..), Chinese buns, food on a stick.. There is just so much to try! I’ve tried so much really nice food, and some really terrible..

When I first moved to Shanghai, then all I talked to my Chinese neighbours about was food. What had I been eating today, what would I eat next. And it is sort of the same when I’m down in our summer house in southern Sweden. A lot of talk about food… I like it!


Simply Thai

Fish cake, vegetarian spring rolls and chicken. All downed with some Margaritas;)99C32C31-E7F0-4E99-BB7B-F1346450657EOne of my first favourites in Shanghai, and it still tastes as good as it did in the beginning of 2000.  Back then there weren’t that many none Chinese restaurants. So it was always a nice change to eat something different. Even if I love the Chinese kitchen. This evening I went here with my Swedish friend Märit and Els my Belgian friend that lived in Shanghai for 15 Years. Great friends, food and drinks. Life is good!

Locations:

This is their first location, and I used to go here a lot in 2002.

5C Dongping Lu,
near Hengshan Lu
东平路5C, 近衡山路

http://wap.simplythai.com.cn


Hongqiao flower market

The name is very misleading. The market is full of interior design, art, plants, seasonal ornaments, Tea… The list is long. I for example have My favourite place for where I  buy buddhas. But I actually just bought a stone fish this time. For our summer house. This is a more expensive market, because of its location. But it is so worth it.

Hongqiao Flower market
718 Hongjing Lu, near Hongsong Lu / 虹井路718号, 近红松路 You go in through the big gate


Lunch time

11C5A2D1-822C-4EAE-8E3F-C161F29FF0BBBBE3DF57-D74F-4175-9CA5-7A597F40C458One of the great things in China is that you can get a nice lunch very cheap. Or the other way. I brought my friend to one of my little favourite restaurants, and she liked it. We had chicken, Chili, onion and some other veggies. Nice and tasty.

I forgot the name of the restaurant, but it is located just opposite the Korean Market in Hongqiao.

Shanghai Hong Qiao Da Tong Yang Market – 461 Jin Hui Lu / 金汇路461号


Wagas

E3F5E06D-DCFB-42BC-B1C7-5F592CB3C0F3With the flavours of mango, pomelo, cilantro, peanuts and chicken and a tangy-spicy sauce to go with it. You have your perfect lunch! A light still very tasty lunch. Loved it! Even tried it an evening, perfect!!

Australian Jackie Yun and her Danish business partner John Christensen started Wagas just when we moved to Shanghai in 2002. They had the perfect timing. Because believe it or not, there weren’t many western places around at that time. I had lunch there many times, especially with Claire, one of my English best friends who just lived around the corner from the first place.

locations;

http://www.wagas.com.cn/index.php



Back in Shanghai

Wo ai Shanghai❤️

This is also my home,I might not live here anymore. But I lived here on and off since 2002. And this is where we started off as a family. Shanghai will always hold a special place in my heart. I am here with a friend this time. And I love to show her all my special places. Yesterday we went all over the town, and of the places were JingAn temple. And the first house we lived in, at Yan An Zhong Lu, where we meet my old neighbor.