Saturday, May 14, 2011
We have been told to soon expect three weeks of solid rain, and we have already planned to visit museums during that time. However, the weather continues to stay dry, if not sunny, and so we plod ahead with fair weather activities which require walking.
Today we walked in our own neighborhood of Xujiahui, which our Chinese language teacher explained meant the home of the Xu family. "Jia hui" is used for "to go home."
Eventually the Jesuits built this brick Gothic church, St. Ignatius Cathedral, completed in 1910:
The Shanghai Diocesan Office is almost as decorated as the cathedral!
The Amitabha Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Light and blue hair:
The vast grounds behind the temple were used for public executions in the 19th century. The Nationalist government had a prison here, and thousands of suspected communists were executed. During the Second Sino-Japanese war, the Japanese maintained a civilian internment camp here, which was portrayed in the movie, The Empire of the Sun. Now it is the Longhua Cemetery for the Revolutionary Martyrs, more of a memorial park with a museum.
Kent went alone to visit, because I was stopped by the Army guard at the gate for wearing improper shoes (I was wearing flipflops).
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Today it was sunny! Headed in the opposite direction today.
A dolphin fountain:
Back to the French Concession. Mediterranean-influenced architecture?
Here are her two limousines, one made in China and the other a gift from Stalin in 1952.
Song Qingling's dove cote: