Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Dongtai Lu, Huaihai Park, Xintiandi (4/2/2011)
And the promised Mao-era memorabilia:
An interesting detour into a Huaihai Park:
Landscaping with cherry trees in bud and mounding mondo grass:
Boxwood hedges and a boxwood tree:
Then we heard the birds! They were in the trees in the park, but in little cages:
We later learned that the men bring their birds to the park to socialize and sing to each other, otherwise the birds forget how to sing:
In every park you will see people practicing tai chi:
Barre exercising and gossip fence:
Shikumen or stone-gate or stone tenement houses are unique to Shanghai. Many are built with grey granite and red bricks:
After the Taiping Revolution in the 1860s, there was an influx of refugees. Merchants were encouraged to invest in building housing for the potential workers. The "townhouses" were arranged along narrow lanes:
...often with decorative arches above the stone gates. In the area of Xintiandi, the shikumen were renovated and developed into a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex.
While having lunch at the Paulaner Restaurant (German) in Xintiandi, we noticed a young man being photographed while another fellow held several bags and hangers with clothing:
A change of clothes:
Xintiandi is the place to see celebrities...
Another Xintiandi fountain:
An Apple Store:
Leftover New Year's decorations in the trees?