[Part 2] Shamei Mansion / 沙美大楼

You know how sometimes, just after you see it, you have a building in mind and you just can’t get it out of your head? Haha I guess most people cannot really understand what I am talking about but anyway, that is what happened to me a few days ago in Shanghai when I met… this beauty!

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Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

To know some basic facts about this building, you can read my first post about it. But when I posted that report, I had not had a proper chance to explore all its floors from inside yet…

Well this is now done! Today, I could sneak in and finally enjoy the place before going away (I will leave Shanghai tomorrow morning!). By the way, I thank my new Chinese friend for showing me around, it was a real pleasure to meet you like this!

So the building is in fact completely empty because it is labelled as « dangerous » (危房). The reason is that it is made out of sand from the sea and not from rivers, so it does not have such a safe structure: after only a few decades, it threatened to collapse… According to my friend, it is not clear what will happen to the building, if it will get repaired or demolished.

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Pillar with white band-aid, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

And yet, it seemed to me that, even if this place was old and needed fixing, but still, it was in a pretty decent shape.

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Staircase with former elevator area, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

 The large windows from another time had simply amazing views.

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K6 window, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016
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View from a window, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016
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Windows, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016
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Top floor window, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

The balconies are also very interesting, with delicate iron shapes and decorations carved in the stone on the walls.

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View from balcony, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016
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View from a balcony, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

I will still warn anybody who wants to visit this place: it is extremely dangerous, with large holes from the fifth floor all the way down.

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Dangerous hole, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

I went up to the rooftop, and the view from there was extremely beautiful as it you have great angles and visions of all sides of the city…

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On the roof, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

Then, the night slowly fell, and up there, I could enjoy some evening views of the city.

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City view, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016
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City view, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

Unfortunately, I had to go home, as I have a plane tomorrow! These are first images of this beautiful building but as you can imagine, I will replace them as soon as possible with better photos. See you next time!

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Last vision of the building, Shamei Mansion, Nov 2016

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