Black-and-white photos from People's Park in Shanghai

With an eight-hour layover in Shanghai, I decided to visit the city as opposed to just sitting in the airport, which is where I am now, waiting for my flight to Bali.

I took the Shanghai Maglev Train (magnetic levitation) into the city. The top speed is 431 kilometers per hour; however, at certain times of the day (e.g. during my trip into the city) the Maglev goes no faster than 301 kph. On the way back to the airport we reached the full 431 kph, cutting the trip from about eight minutes to seven. When you pass a train going the other way, at full speed, it takes less than a second; the second train is gone before you even realize what it was, and it;s passing sounds like the pop of a toy gun. During certain high-speed turns, the railway tracks bank and the city of Shanghai curves away from the horizon as it passes.

It's not as cool as it sounds.

It's a train, albeit fast, but what good is a fast train when the boarding process feels like a fraternity of drunk snails on a bar crawl; on top of that, once you reach the city, you've got to take the Shanghai Metro another 20 minutes or so before you're in the belly of the beast.

My first stop was the Museum of Contemporary Art, where I was disappointed to find only a small exhibit, featuring artwork of little or no interest, at least not to me. It was maybe the only time in my life I left a museum without having been inspired by something, anything.

Afterward I sat in People's Park, where in between deflecting two groups of tea-scammers, I took some candid black-and-white digital photos. I've been mostly unimpressed with my Ricoh GR Digital III when it comes to color photography, but I think it handles black and white fairly well.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

People's Park; Shanghai, China.

From the rooftop restaurant and bar at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai; I think I bear resemblance to that guy. The caption says, Heartthrob Robbie hits the high notes.