In one of the food courts, I got a photo of the food service people who wear clear mouth masks to protect your food:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I decided to hop on the Metro to the town of Qibao, to take another look at the indigo-dyed fabric products they sell there. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the prices were much less than at the Nankeen Blue Exhibition Hall. There is no bargaining here either, but... I bought a qipao dress for the same price as Kent's tie! Now the qipao, the iconic Shanghai dress, IS very tight!
Didn't think I'd take any photos in Qibao, but for one, there were these souvenir "ornaments" with a live goldfish in each:
Kids buying the goldfish ornaments:
That evening, we decided to go out to dinner, which is unusual on a weeknight. We met at the Lujiabang Metro station, and took Line 9 to the Yunshan Road station. From there it was a bit of a hike to Biyun Road.
Passed the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church:
On the walk back to the Line 9 Metro station, we saw lots of blinking lights in the night sky. UFOs? No just kites with lights!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Today's destination is Pujiang New Town. Apparently in 2001, in order to deal with a fast-growing population, Shanghai initiated a policy to relocate residents to outlying districts by creating new towns. The policy, called "One City, Nine Towns" called on international architects to develop nine town centers inspired by the foreign countries who had some influence on Shanghai: England, USA/North America/Canada, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands/Holland, Spain, and Sweden, plus Chinese and a mixed-western town. The project was discontinued after 2006, at the end of that particular five-year plan. Although the infrastructure is in place, it is difficult to attract people to come live in an area without shops and services, while it is also difficult to attract retailers and service providers to an area without customers. These new towns end up being "ghost towns."
Today we took Line 8 south to the Pujiang New Town station.
Pujiang was the Italian project, but rather than being a "ye olde" town as with some of the others, this one was to be a modern Italian/European town.
Upon arriving in Pujiang New Town, we saw a new office and retail complex located to the east of the station. Looking appropriately European-modern in sort of a Le Corbusier-style, we explored there first.
Layers of pools:
A girl collecting flowers:
More like a sales center, where the sales girls were expecting only Chinese customers. I don't think "Breeza" is an Italian word, perhaps just a name. "Citta di" is Italian for "city of." This is the development that the winning Italian architectural firm, Gregotti Associati Internationale, designed. There were four planned city blocks of residences.We crossed the canal to walk between two of the blocks:
At the intersection dividing the four city blocks:
We turned left to make a big circle back to the Metro station.
Back at the Metro station, there were many motor rickshaws:
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Happy Mother's Day!
It was misty rainy today.
Breakfast at Mr. Pancake House with three dessert-plate sized thick pancakes smothered with banana slices and walnuts! There was always a queue waiting for the few tables:
An underwater dock: