CHINA BLOGGIN’ PART 5: DALIAN

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ok, so back to China… Dalian to be exact.

Dalian is the perfect example of Chinese urban bullshitism.

About a decade ago, some mayor decided to upgrade the huge industrial city, into a wanna be western yuppie haven who lives solely off the cheap labor and industry. The fabric of Chinese cities, based on street level multi-functionality, street vending of everything and semi-organised Anarchy, has been replaced with western zoning in Chinese scaling. The scale is a huge factor here, the simplistic idea of a financial downtown, with surrounding residential areas, just doesn’t work in a city of 6 million (legal residents, I will talk some about the chinese illegal immigration on the Shaxi episode), well it doesn’t work at all, but that’s another discussion…

The downtown area alone is as big as the whole of the Tel Aviv monicipality… it is impossible to walk from anywhere to anywhere within the “center” (unless you’re on vacation and can spend your time endlessly) and though the transportation is cheap, and pretty convenient (English station names) it has completely killed the street markets, the public dancing and exercise and the whole fabric of Chinese society. The few residential areas that have survived in the city center, as i was told, they are all planned to be evicted, as did their neighbors back in the 90′s.

Its not that i am a nostalgic or anti progress, but the way that the city just completely turned it’s back on the residents in order to pull on a foreign facade while deleting the history, the residents and their future…

 

 

But enough of that, in with the flix!

welcome!

 

 

they used to have a really good football team, 90 years ago…

 

 

 

a small chunk of the “downtown” area

 

 

 

this is cool!

 

 

 

 

just a bit too much on the return to classisism tip…

 

 

 

ummm… what?!

 

 

 

what is having good public facilities?

 

 

 

when your community sport center looks more attractive than the mall, its a good start…

 

 

 

look mom! i has parametrics!!!

 

 

 

shinny shinny parametrics

 

even the truck is impressed with how much this is parametric!

 

 

 

you dig?

 

 

 

 

 

 

buuuuut, its just a silly facade that’s glued on…

 

 

 

a beach!!! finally!!!

 

 

 

 

 

it might be cold, rocky and quite polluted, but its a beach!!!

 

 

 

and this is a KKKFC…

 

 

 

 and so is this, at 4:30 am

 

 

 

 

yeah, right…

 

 

 

 

 

mazaltof! its the wedding center of the universe! (aka xinghai square, the biggest square in the world)

 

 

 

 with some cool statues

 

 

 

 and billions of freaking weddings!

 

 

 

 

 not swearing, the weddings there freak me out!

 

 

 

 

cool building, was closed when i got there… (Dalian Shell Museum)

 

 

 

 

and there’s this huge ramp thing at the end

 

 

 

 

this is the closest that there was to skateboards on the ramp…

 

 

 

 

but its still cool!

 

 

 

 

oh yeah, and i assume that this is where they throw spartan babies (baby cop waiting at the bottom) or it is just that they don’t believe in safety rail, regulations, or safety at all…

 

ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF CHINA BLOGGIN’:

part one of the three Ningbo posts!

CHINA BLOGGIN’ PART 1: I HEART BJ!

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BEIJING MOFOS!

I must say that i did a crap job at documenting Beijing, but i over compensated it with over shooting just about everywhere else (4500 pictures in 60 days…)

so sorry for the touristyness and a few blurry shots

here we go!

this is a kinder egg

 

 

since you can’t go inside without paying for some performance (no English info available for that) this is all it’s good for

 

 

 

 

what ya lookin’ at?

 

 

HUH?!

 

 

if you’re happy and you know it mime a tree…

 

 

Confucius (technically kong fu zi) had damn nice marble details!

 

 

AAAGH!

 

 

China = Textures

 

 

and weird animals who seems to e hella stoned…

 

 

or hella rich! (young money lamb)

 

 

TEXTURES!

 

 

trees with needs

 

 

big and empty

 

 

huge and empty

 

 

 

 

 

scale…

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT LITTLE DETAIL  in the surrounding park

 

 

because B is the king of china, he has his own gate

 

 

morning at old people paradise AKA the temple of heaven, that tree shouldn’t have said that!

 

 

 

 

 

grandma got herself a sword…

RUN!

 

 

ummm…

 

 

dancing road block

 

 

take that fence!

 

 

 

Tanzhe temple

 

 

i freaking love the round door thing!

 

 

Chinese children are the most photogenic thing on earth (yes even more than internet friendly cats!), you will be sick of them by the end of my china posts…

 

 

TMNT, you’re doing it wrong…

 

 

ummm… yeah…

 

 

THIS!

 

 

 

ok, this is one of the things that really struck me out of the 100000 small differences between western and chinese culture… THE CEMENT IS ALWAYS LEFT STICKING OUT!

 

 

no idea…

 

 

This was really impressive… huuuuuge screen with amazing cinemtography at tiananmin square

 

the square is really fucking huge… here are some zoom shots to show how big is it…

 

good!

 

 

 

the creators project was doing its visit to the 798 art district, the project was fairly disappointing, giving the fact that you would think that vice mag would give it some edge and intel would give it some outlandish technology… they didn’t and exept for a couple of works it was pretty dull and banal

 

 

 

 

 

 

this was one exception…

“the day of perpetual night” by yang yongliang

the work was an animated futuristic absurd landscape of a Guilin like city, filled with videos and animations tightly composed into an amazing vision of the future of the city as well as the future of visual arts.

 

 

 

when in beijing, SKIP THE FORBIDEN CITY! all these people are the first people at 8:15 monday morning… this is low times

 

 

 

 

 

this is considered a clean turistless shot…

 

 

and even the statues are all up in your biz going “whacha doin’?”

 

 

 

ummm… classic chinese?

 

 

yes i have this photo too!

 

 

a small (only 7 stories) shopping mall facade

 

 

a big shopping mall with an even bigger screen

 

 

i’ll rant about chinese and there camera problems later on… its a long rant!

 

 

a mall / office space / human production line that sets free millions at 5-6pm which ends up with 20 minutes sweaty lines at the nearby subway

 

 

but what a great handrail!

 

 

central academy of fine arts… a great new campus

 

 

with a guest apearance by…

 

 

Arata Isozaki!

 

 

YES they have an Arata Isozaki museum in the fucking campus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is the entrance to the Architecture department…

 

 

this is the 3rd year design studio…

 

 

they study architecture, with an Arata Isozaki museum right outside the window!!!

 

 

model porn museum AKA bejing urban planning museum

 

 

a better shot of the cctv tower…

 

 

THIS IS A BIKE LANE!

the biggest fucking bike lane i will probably ever see, and the most fun i have ever had in a straight line with a bike!

 

 

This bike! from good people of natooke bike shop (highly recommended place, and in general, if your big on bikes, come to china with some spending money…)

 

 

 

Haifa art part form the 798

tant

 

 

kip deso

 

 

unga

 

 

unga

 

 

unga left overs

 

 

deso

 

 

unga

 

 

ABS crew are hommies, Good luck with the new shop!

 

 

tant

 

 

aifo deso

 

 

aifo

 

 

damn right!

 

 

ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF CHINA TRIPPIN: classicist frauds,  dancing ladies and skate spots in HARBIN!

 

Fast Forward post

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6 moths in one gulp (and one more coming soon)

aaaaaaaand…

go!

so… this guy drew on me…

this guy tried to, and failed miserably

did ALOT of this shit…

mean while at the workplace that fucking sent me on the rides
ummm… yeah…

come visit beautiful HAIFA!

we have postcards!

this girl drew on me too…

i’ve created a monster!!! (again…)

and a fasion blog! (wattwewear.wordpress.com)

well actually i have nothing to do with the creation of the blog, but i’ll take credit on just about anything

like this bucket

and this table

but even Hitler still couldn’t make it to the presentations…

Ramat Gan city council are a bunch of fucking idiots

orange! (although i still like the old one better…)

massimiliano fuksas’ peres peace center (what Muslim graveyard?)

talking Be’er sheva @ the AA active matter presentations

best part of the building

actual Be’er Sheva (well, the uni. dorms…)

bad memories coming back from the hell that was the Tel Aviv uni. dorms

but this one looks way better!

and you don’t see Beer Sheva from it!

caught these couple of fuckers painting

and these couple artsing http://dvivodesign.com/

art art art

did i mention http://dvivodesign.com/ already?

people went fucking nuts when they saw themselves, the rest enjoyed a nice game of match the face at the reception

the gallery was fucking weird though

found Waldo!

and the Bday girl

found out that in Soviet Reggaestan, photo finds you…

more Bday girls

and I’ll leave you with this horrifying image i was stuck with for 10 minutes, while trying to see The Hives live on the Coachella stream…

don’t we all wish we where there…

on the next episode of “photos with captions” protests, models, laser cutters, drunk people, shit talking about Jerusalem, piles of drugs and more!

2011 RECAP part 1 some events and the people in them

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on the next episodes:
buildings
art
music
photography
and new year resolutions (from drunky December to sXe January and other bloody predictions)