|Someone lost a tooth!|
|Such pretty smiles!|
|Anyone who knows EBean should not be surprised|
that she is eating chocolate.
We now have a favorite hotel in the French Concession that is within a few blocks of a city park. China has a very interesting "park culture" and it is fun to walk around and take in all of the morning activities.
|Writing Chinese characters is an art form and|
if you don't practice, you loose your art. This
gentleman is practicing his characters on the
ground using water as his "paint".
|Morning exercises and dancing with fans.|
|These ladies were dancing for exercise long|
before Zumba was popular!
After fighting our ways through the crowds around the gardens the whole family piled into a single taxi and made our way across the Hungpu River (well, actually we went under the river) to the Oriental Pearl Tower. As it was National Holiday week, there were a few extra thousand people out and about in the city, but we managed to make our way to the top of the tower.
|Just a few people in line.|
|If only it was a bit clearer out.|
|The Pearl Tower|
|We took a cruise our first year here|
that sailed from The Bund at night. It was amazing!
|At dinner after a long day.|
Shikumen, or 石库们, means stone gate. The architectural focus of these houses is a front door framed in sometimes elaborately carved stone. The houses themselves – interconnected row houses usually three stories high – are made of brick typical to Shanghai in red and gray.
The style was originally created to house refugees from the Taiping Rebellion who flooded Shanghai from the provinces. It gained in popularity and remained the preferred style for decades. The houses typically have courtyards behind the front stone gate opening into a parlor through which you journey into the kitchen and the back door. They have “tingzijian” rooms off of each floor’s landing creating small rooms off the main floor. Some of these were famously later rented out by families needing extra income and became home to some of Shanghai’s most esteemed literary figures.
|Exploring the alleys of Xintiandi.|
|Looking into the office from the center courtyard.|
|EBean testing out the "potty"|
|One of the bedrooms.|
|Lots of restaurants with outdoor seating.|
|The girls outside our favorite hotel.|