The Pity of It All, Take 2

Ben, our vpn master, has renewed the domain for our VPN, so we will see if that improves matters at all.

Back out on Family Qiao Street, some scenes of the neighborhood. This is an old neighborhood, therefore outdoor plumbing.

Curious neighbors looking at the group of foreigners going by

This is Family Qiao Street now, standing out front of Family Qiao’s home which you’ll see next slide. Originally this street was a creek and people would come to visit the family by boat. Being the first family to become government officials in Shanghai, and thus very popular people to visit, the street was eventually paved to accomodate all the traffic.

This is the entrance door to Family Qiao’s home.

This is Family Qiao’s stone which is sitting just outside the gate if you look in the previous picture. It would have had a flag on top of it. There are 3 weapons engraved on it.

We’ve just entered through the front gate into the front courtyard. This house dates from the 15th century. Not sure how many families now live in this house.

No doubt all the sinks have been retrofitted since the 16th century!


We have just entered through into the main garden area and are looking back at the gate we just walked through. It’s a large, but still somewhat simple gate compared to a gate we’ll see later in the morning.

However, this garden area is still quite fancy with carvings on the doors and windows and stain glass.

I doubt that the original garden had sinks and “stuff” in it.

The fancy trim and stained glass windows

A final look at what the first courtyard has become, hundreds of years down the pike, now that multiple families live here.

Ah yes, there’s always someone out in the street in their pj’s

Eventually Family Qiao’s fortunes improved and they moved down the street to this home on the corner. Still quite nice, wouldn’t you say?

Things are still moving pretty slowly, so I think we’ll stop here for this post. The next post we’ll sneak a peak into some of the homes in the neighborhood.


About DECRYPTKNIT: knitter on the loose in Shanghai

Hi, I'm Marisa Newhouse, a former pharmacist (for a brief time during the Reagan administration) who's real calling was probably anything that has to do with cooking, plants, literature and especially knitting; hence my last and favorite job, working at Woolyminded, a wonderful yarn store. But now, I have moved half a world away to Shanghai where my husband will be working. Lots of people are interested in what we will be doing here and I have always kept journals of our travels, so I thought I'd do it the modern way and keep a blog.
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