VISITORS to Shanghai’s only upside down building are in for a special treat this May Day. Surrounding the Polish Upside Down House in Jinshan District’s Fengjing Town are five large-scale three-dimensional pictures.
Created by Polish street artists, these artworks are designed to give viewers a sense of 3D perspective when viewed from the right angle. Those who stand on the pictures look as though they are actually in the scenes themselves, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and fantastic creatures inspired by Polish folktales.
One picture shows a broken wooden bridge over a gaping chasm. Persons who stand in the center of the image can appear as though they are plummeting into a terrifying abyss as huge eagle swoops in to save them.
In another picture, three winged lions look to be leaping from cracks in the earth.
The paintings were created as part of a celebration marking the Polish Upside Down House’s first anniversary, having opened to the public during last year’s May Day Holiday.
The house, which received over 80,000 visitors in its first year, is the first tourism attraction built in collaboration between China and Poland. Designed by Polish architects in the style of a typical Polish country home, the 200-square-meter, two-story structure is also the first structure of its kind in China.
In continued Sino-Polish cooperation, a second phase of construction on the upside down house is expected to begin soon. Meanwhile, a Chinese-style water town is also expected to open in the near future in the eastern European country.
Admission to the Polish Upside Down House is 30 yuan (US$4.8) per person. In the interest of safety, only 20 persons are allowed at one time in the attraction. Daily admission is capped at 1,000 visitors.
Located in the southwestern tip of the city, the water town boasts a history stretching back more than 1,500 years. As part of the local culture, farmers drink homemade yellow rice wine, wear homespun cloth, paint pictures on clay ovens, make paper-cuttings to decorate windows and lanterns for festivals.
The town is part of Jinshan District, an epicenter of Chinese folk art. Visitors to the area can easily find examples of traditional farmers’ art as well as carefully arranged scenes of village life.
Tourists are also advised to sample authentic Jinshan snacks such as egg cakes, flat-pan fried buns and shaomai — a type of dumpling made with sticky rice and pork
If you go
By car: Shanghai-Hangzhou Highway (A8 section). Get off at Fengjing Exit and follow signs for two minutes to the town’s parking lot.
By bus: Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Jinjiang Park Station. From here, board the Fengmei (Fengjing-Meilong) Line shuttle bus at the station’s transit hub. The bus ride from the station to the town takes about 45 minutes.
Note: Frequent daily shuttle bus service is also available to Fengjing from Shanghai Stadium and Hongkou Football Stadium.