Plum season has arrived in Shanghai. All our beautiful weather has been replaced by heat and humidity and most likely, soon, rain. Plum season lasts about 20 days and Shanghai will get about 1/5 of it’s total rainfall for the year during this time.
It actually tends to coincide with the ripening of the plums on the trees and there is an old Chinese adage that says: “When the rain falls on the ripe plums, there follows 40 rainy days.” Guess the world’s most unpleasant weather makes for exaggeration. I have to admit, the humidity is a killer.
Saturday morning we had brunch with our friends Jay and Xin (of Like Coffee, Like Tea blog fame), who were here from Taipei and it was really good to see them. As a result of the newly arrived Plum season, I wasn’t too keen on traipsing all over the city for hours on end afterwards like we often do, so instead we decided to visit a museum. We chose the Open House Museum in Xintiandi.
I don’t think we’ve been to Xintiandi since last fall and we were stunned with how many people were there:
Some parts of Xintiandi were almost entirely filled with expats–the Chinese looked like the foreigners! The area seems to have become a popular destination for tour groups from around Asia. We saw many clustered herds of tourists devotedly following their flagged tour guide from site to site.
“Attention please! Can everyone hear me in the back? We all need to keep together! We can’t have stragglers.”
Yes, I’ve been one of those sheep following the flags myself–we get the speech in every tour. Lucky you, you can go at your own pace and you can hear just fine.
Just because the pattern was the same, doesn’t make them any less impressive–they were still huge investments of time and they were well done.
Sorry–shouldn’t have taken that with my iphone!
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