Last Sunday was the first sunny day we had had in Shanghai since coming back, so I decided to take a walk to Jing ‘An Park which is just down the street by the subway station.
Parks on a Sunday in China are a glorious thing. They are just seething with humanity, masses of people out enjoying each other. No matter how many times I’ve experienced it here, a day in the park always gives me a little thrill.
Jing ‘An park is overrun by these white cats which are very tame (they’ll curl up on people’s legs if allowed) and are fed by people like pigeons or ducks.
These people seemed to be performing some kind of opera. The women were singing back and forth to each other and every once in a while someone in the back would jump in and sing their two jiao worth.
This lady was singing her heart out too, but she was drowned out by the harmonica which was hooked up to a microphone. I find it interesting that people come to the park to sing. They’re not asking for money, they’re just singing. On the other hand, they are frequently terrible singers, so it may be this is their only venue!
I can’t decide which is funnier: bare bottom split pants or split pants with a diaper hanging out.
His other trick was this “top on a string” which produced a very loud hum once he got it spinning back and forth on the string.
Here’s the kids trying it–the tiny little boy in red was trying it too, and would dance around with the joy and excitement of it.
Before you can spin it, you have to learn to balance it.
Out on the street there were a lot of young people wearing these blue coats and carrying the blue bags. There seemed to be money being exchanged and I thought they were selling the blue bags. Then these two bubbly girls approached me and asked for a donation “for the poor.” I asked them who they worked for and they explained that it was a school project. They reminded me so much of girls selling Girl Scout cookies in the US, that I gave them some money, getting a sticker in return to show that I had given.
The monks were out taking a walk with a lady friend. (who knew they had lady friends?)
Coming back into Shanghai Centre I saw this dog in his snappy outfit. When I asked to take a picture, he stood up and posed!
To be exact it was the National Western Stock Show Rodeo Kick-Off Parade.
Ok, I’m going straight! You don’t have to yell!
The view out Mark’s window at sunset.
Instead of ending with elevator flowers this post, I’m ending with some gorgeous orchids that the woman who was hosting our book group had in her dining room: