Kent was due home late Thursday night from a business trip to Huazhou. Reportedly storms delayed the aircraft coming from Shanghai. Eventually the passengers were packed into buses and taken to a hotel. Kent and his business associates dropped off briefcases at the hotel and went out for a snack with workers getting off the late shift. Beer and chicken feet, etc. By now it was June 10th in China, and Kent was toasted for his birthday. Soon after returning to the hotel, they were called back to the airport. Kent arrived home in Shanghai at 5:00 am.
Although he went to work late (his boss actually told him he could stay home today!), Kent did come home early for an early dinner out at the Lisboa Restaurant across the street at Grand Gateway Plaza. Macau specialties.
Kent's birthday cake, or cupcake?
The Plum Rains officially began today. They will last for four weeks in Shanghai. Not the torrential rains of a monsoon season, but a steady drizzle. We have already experienced the driest season in 132 years in Shanghai, so we will see what happens to the Plum Rains.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
A steady drizzle. Took a series of Metro trains to Shaanxi Road for breakfast at Egghead Bagels, one of two bagel franchises in Shanghai. (There may be a couple more companies that only deliver bagels.)
The wall topped by woven bamboo outside the synagogue:
An interesting building on Wujiang Road:
Anyway, those dinosaurs were Chinese: A Tuojiangosaurus Long and a Lufengosaurus Hsu.
There was also an animated Amebeledon (Shovel-tusked gomphothere - looked like a small elephant with the two tusks melded together under the trunk).
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Clearing today. Took Metro line 9 to its terminus in Songjiang Town. It was so hazy that we could not see Sheshan Hill in the distance from the Metro train. Once in Songjiang, our Chinese pronunciation was so bad that the first cab driver refused to try to understand. (How many places would a tourist want to go in your small town?!) The second driver got it!
Fangta Park, home of the Fangta/Square Pagoda:
A Zen garden:
A bonsai forest:
Sika deer are native to this area, so we saw many representations of deer:
A Spirit Way, and ancient granite road?
Built to honor the general who defended Shanghai during the Opium War.
Courtyard with cannon:
Next, the Songjiang Gate Tower:
Next, Zuibaichi Park, the oldest of the five ancient gardens in Shanghai.
Lotus pond and pavilion:
A doorway thingie:
Next, Songjiang Mosque:
Bangke Gate Tower:
Knock-off shopping street:
Pailou/decorative arch and a statue of drunken Bai:
With a cardboard roof: