Life as seen by Jason A. Rice. China based photographer.

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Century Park Flowers, Shanghai

Nice collection of miniature sunflowers (actually have no idea what they are called) with apartments in the background.

Nice collection of miniature sunflowers (actually have no idea what they are called) with apartments in the background.

Here are a couple of quick shots of flowers during a recent walk and bike ride around Century Park in Shanghai.  I’ve always avoided the park on the weekends but during the week the park is very empty.  The pigeon house is unique and worth checking out.  You know you are in the right area when you begin to hear this massive warbling.  This area proves a third use for umbrellas in China: rain, sun, and now bird bombs. The 10 RMB entry fee is kinda ridiculous and bike rentals are way overpriced but the overall atmosphere of the place makes is good for portrait photos and picnics.  Soon you will forget all about the entry fee.

Another nice little collection of flowers in Century Park.  Good location for portrait shots.

Another nice little collection of flowers in Century Park. Good location for portrait shots.

You get the idea now, flowers with buildings in the background.  There are a few nice heavily wooded places where you can escape the buildings.  Every time I have been here there are always at least a couple of fashion shoots in the park.

You get the idea now, flowers with buildings in the background. There are a few nice heavily wooded places where you can escape the buildings. Every time I have been here there are always at least a couple of fashion shoots in the park.


MIDI Festival

Yound and not-so-old alike came out to enjoy some tunes at the MIDI Music Festival.

Young and not-so-old alike came out to enjoy some tunes at the MIDI Music Festival.

Last weekend brought to town the first major outdoor summer music festivals here in Shanghai.  The MIDI Music Festival took place in the southeast corner of Century Park, which provided great access to us metro riders.  Was not able to make it over on Saturday as my day was booked solid with baseball practice and a playoff basketball game but was able to sneak over for the afternoon and evening sets on Sunday.  The festival included two stages; a smaller electronic stage close to a sponsor organization interaction area and a main rock stage settled in front of a Tiger Beer VIP Pavilion and Jägermeister inflatable party house.  As one walked between the two stages there was a smattering of folks hawking goods from small gas masks (in line with the festivals PM 2.5 air quality awareness program) to eye shades to personal festival sized shade tents.  The festival grounds were very easy to navigate and a perfect fit for the crowd size.  It was easy to scope out an area and find a spot among the picnicers.

Due to the late start on the day I only saw two Chinese bands (Brain Failure and Hao Yun), UK’s Little Fish, and a festival French outfit named La Souris Deglingue.  Overall the music was not the best but the weather and festival atmosphere was perfect for a recovering live music fiend living in China.

Here are a few snaps from the day.

Nice crowd view on the projector behind Hao Yun.

Nice crowd view on the projector behind Hao Yun.

Rock fingers abound at the MIDI.

Rock fingers abound at the MIDI.

Little Fish at the MIDI.

Little Fish at the MIDI.

Little Fish in front of the MIDI crowd.

Little Fish in front of the MIDI crowd.

A dog packpack enjoys piggyback ride from a girl enjoying a piggyback ride during the Hao Yun set.

A dog backpack enjoys piggyback ride from a girl enjoying a piggyback ride during the Hao Yun set.