Category Archives: Shanghai

AGIF

Carrie’s family picked me up to go to church.  This was an experience in itself.  All the things we hear about China and yet here is a church that bought land from the Government for their building – and it has so many people there!  I would guess it’s comparable to the size of Millmead in seating, possibly more – and it seemed pretty near full capacity. … Read more...

Happy Garden

After “breakfast” I went over to Yuyuan (豫园) and spent the early afternoon looking around this beautiful place with Lina.

The area around Yu garden is a full of old, stereotypical Chinese style buildings, forming a “bazaar” of many different kinds of shops.  (Not as old as the imperial buildings in Beijing). … Read more...

Happy Lemons

This morning I met Yili for a late breakfast.   She is so kind:  When I arrived at Jin’an Temple station she already had a “Happy Lemon” drink for me.  It was “Chocolate and Cheese”, which sounds really weird… but it was surprisingly nice.  It was like drinking a chocolate cheesecake.

We had 小笼包 – Xiao long bao (Steamed Buns or Soup Dumplings). … Read more...

Oriental Pearls

Today was possibly my most exciting day in China so far.  This morning I met up with Rainbow, a good friend I hadn’t seen for ten years.  Leo and his friend Spring joined us and we went to the Oriental Pearl Tower (东方明珠塔 ).  None of them remembered going into the tower before (Leo’s parents told him they had taken him there as a baby).… Read more...

Carrie

Today Carrie took me to Sheshan hill in the West of Shanghai.

We saw several pagoda type buildings (I am sorry to say I have forgotten the names) and the large church on the top of the hill (“Our Lady of China Catholic church”).

We also saw inside the observatory, including a replica of a Han dynasty earthquake monitoring device, with dragon heads each holding a steel ball – when an earthquake occurred, a pendulum would swing, knocking a dragon causing its mouth to open and a ball to drop out thereby indicating the direction of the earthquake.… Read more...