Two weekends ago we went on the hunt for a piece of furniture to hold all of the tv related equipment to go with our new tv.
This first took us to what is called the flower market, although as seems to be typical here, the market has expanded way beyond flowers.
We then had Chen shi fu take us to Elm Workshop which is a woodworking shop that makes custom furniture. There are many places in Shanghai where you can have furniture made (or clothes for that matter), but this place has a great reputation for quality and we know a lot of people who have had furniture made here. You can just take a picture and your dimensions and they will make anything. Pretty cool.
In the evening we went to a Shanghai-ese restaurant named Lulu’s. We were seated in a very awkward spot behind some stairs, where we were trapped by the arrival of a receiving line for a wedding reception–perhaps it was the Chinese equivalent of the French’s version of seating the foreigners in the back next to the bathroom when they don’t have a reservation? Even though we were kind of forgotten back there and we had to walk through the receiving line when we left, we had great entertainment during our meal:
The next day we took the subway to Xintiandi, another famous shopping district. We came out of the subway into this square:
This whole area was so American looking it was weird.
My guess is they are probably sales women for some product and we just weren’t lucky enough to find their store or booth and see all the rest of the women dressed up like them.
There are so many stores in Shanghai, filled with merchandise, but not necessarily filled with customers. The store names reflect the new optimism and hope for the future of the country, usually in random and non-sensical Chinglish.
“We believe in freedom, we believe in independence, we yearn for a prerogative privilege within indulgence.”
Ok, 2 weeks later I still don’t know what that last bit means.
Sometimes I think I shouldn’t laugh at the Chinglish I see here because after all, their English is way better than my Chinese. But then Mark showed me this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15471753 and I didn’t feel quite so badly. And I really hope we get a chance to see the play.
One of my trips this week has already been cancelled due to rain. It’s supposed to rain here on Wednesday when my other trip is scheduled as well, so we’ll have to see. But, I have some other posts up my sleeve, so don’t despair!
Till next time.