Kites seem to be big here. Wherever we've traveled, we've seen people flying (and selling) them. Some of my favorites were in Xi'an, where paper kites were popular. Less delicate, but at least as impressive, was this man's kite. He was flying it in Shanghai's Remin (People's) Square this past Saturday. Though he looks pretty relaxed in this picture, this seemed to be a pretty elaborate ordeal. The large wheel strapped to his chest (held on by a large strap around his back) held the kite string, which was more like fishing line in this case. The kite itself took a while to spot, as it was up at least as high as a helicopter might be. Wow!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
From there, we decided to satisfy some of our post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas urges to shop, doing so by heading down Nanjing Road (pictured), one of China's biggest shopping streets. We topped the day off with a visit to Shanghai's Pearl Market and all-you-can-eat Indian food. All in all, a good day!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We'd been holding off until after Thanksgiving to start the Christmas season here, so were excited to do so yesterday. Jeff started the day with Christmas music and proudly sported his Santa tie to work. After work, we started decorating our apartment - thanks to a box of goodies Jeff's mom sent from his family. We now have a little tree with some pretty presents under it (thanks BWMK!) and our stockings have been hung with care (thanks J&A!) It's fun to have some homey holiday spirit here!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This picture was found online - next time, we'll bring our own camera.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here are a few shots of laundry - the first is from an apartment building that we pass on the way to the metro (about a 10 minute walk from our place.) The second is from our trip to Suzhou. And, the third is our own washing set-up: the washing machine and drying rack are in the corner of our bathroom.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Enjoy the pictures here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/1945.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
From there, we headed to Wangfujing Snack Street, famous for its various street foods on a stick (including locust, starfish, scorpions, silk worms, etc.) Feeling full and not super adventurous, we stuck with banana-filled deep-fried beignets. To finish the night, we walked back through Tiananmen Square to see it all lit up. Another successful day!
Pictures here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/1823.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
From there, we walked through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (right under Mao's portrait) into the Forbidden City, which got its name because it was off-limits to the public for over 500 years. It is an enormous compound of buildings that once housed two dynasties of emperors - Ming and Qing. It includes a courtyard that was large enough to hold audiences of up to 100,000 people and the classically-Chinese Imperial Garden.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Pictures and details to come. In the meantime, getting ready for another busy work week.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Meanwhile, our thoughts are with Dawn and Drew on the birth of their baby girl, Noelle Judith, born at 1:30 this morning (Minnesota time!) One of many times this year when I know that we'll wish we could be in two places at once. Congratulations! We are so incredibly happy for you.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Enjoy the pictures here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/1546.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Lu Xun Park was a huge feast for the senses. It it is a sprawling maze of gardens, lakes, bridges, and people. It is also, apparently, where Shanghainese like to come to show off their musical stylings, from opera karaoke to marching bands to choral music. We took a couple of videos to give some sense of that, though it was hard to fully capture. Still, feel free to check them out here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/videos. Other sights included fierce badminton and card-playing competitions, Hongkou Stadium, and Lu Xun's tomb. Pictures here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/1428.