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There is an interesting resto, coffeehouse and bar in Dalian

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It’s name is simply Havana and when you walk inside you find a treasure trove of Cubana artifacts, including a series of photos of Che Guevara including this one sitting and chatting with J-P Sartre and his dear friend Simone de Beauvoir:

When I first saw this photo I did a double take. I quickly wrote a note to be attached to the image which you can see in part on the left side of the image. The staff of Havana did not know anything about these intriguing people with Che. Oh, they knew about Che but not anything about the other two.

The owner of this cafe is a Chinese businessman who has a casa in Cuba, he tells me, and a chicken farm or farms there. This man has an intriguing name. He is Mr. Mao but in person he is a paragon of China-Cuba charm, although his English is dim so we tend to try to communicate with my dim Spanish until his niece, Helen, helps us out.

Two other photos in frames caught my eye:

And I’m sure you will agree that this headline is enough to catch anyone’s eye since it’s on the wall with the Che Guevara images. But this next one is also intriguing:

I’m sorry, I can’t seem to eliminate this upside down image, but I’m sure you will agree that this photo of a front page, even if upside down, is quite recognizable!

and then I found another candid image of Che:

And now one of those Cuban artifacts with a quite recognizable cigar, looking a bit weary and tattered but a cigar nonetheless:

All the photos were snapped by me on the walls of Cafe Havana, a really neat place since they serve cold Australian beer and coffee and pretty good eats! The cafe is one street away from a very busy Carrefour Supermarket and a building known as the Roosevelt! Now that has to be intriguing since it’s all near a Xi’an Lu (road) and Huanghe (Yellow) Lu.

Helen is a neat lady and her uncle is an authentic Chinese character since he even finances an amateur soccer team in soccer crazy Dalian.

I guess once you consider this post you’ll have a better idea why I find joy on the back streets of Dalian!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/12 at 13:26

Have you ever wondered what a real estate development looks like in China, Dalian?

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So here are a few images taken a few days ago in the Kaifaqu Development Zone. This is where Intel is building a billion dollar semiconductor Fab plant, which should be on stream by this time next year, 2010.

A scale model of the real estate site:

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That’s Todd Embley, a guy from Vancouver who is president of Kelton Business Services, a PR firm in Dalian, with the mike.

The image was snapped in a viewing center smack dab in the middle of an industrial area but right next to the LRT line that services this part of Greater Dalian.

This is part of the construction site, where they are assembling a “beach”!

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and this is the view overlooking the water at the site:

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Not exactly a normal beach, huhhh! But that is what it’s billed as!

Here’s the logo of the development company in case you are considering any of their real estate investments in Greater Dalian:

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The project itself is named World View and is touted as “breathtakingly modern”. Go figure! Oh, it’s China “where the world is their oyster” or so they believe, the real estate developers that is!

Do my words sound cynical? Ok so they do but then what choice do I really have? Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out who the more crass promoter is!

But I have to say that I met some charming people during this visit and viewing!

Oh, in case you are wondering about the Intel semiconductor fab plant in Kaifaqu, I met the site Project Manager the night after this visit at an ultra expensive restaurant in Dalian and a complete coincidence I must say. He assured me that construction was on schedule and he expected that the fab plant would go on stream on schedule!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/04/03 at 11:24