As I mentioned before, the authorities are cracking down on the use of the term "French Concession" for the area that was formerly the French Concession of Shanghai. China is now an independent Republic, and any reference to when they were under colonialist control is not appreciated and tarnishes national pride. The area is correctly called Xuhui.
Although I have been using Pinyin (the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into latin script) to spell Chinese words, I have not clarified pronunciation. Pinyin is a bit difficult, because the pronunciation is not what you would think when looking at the letters; it is not English phonetics. If I were to write Xuhui phonetically, it would look like "shoo-hway." The "sh" is a wet sound behind the front teeth, and the "h" sound has a lot of air behind it.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kent was anxious to try the new Shanghai Brewery:
Across the street, the gatehouse had a spiral cement staircase:
This school on Wulumuqi Lu had interesting architecture:
Monday, March 12, 2012
It's difficult to get a photo of the fashions. Here you can see that the puffy down coats and jackets are popular, especially with fur-lined hoods:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Today was truly a spring day! Sunny and I only needed to wear a sweatshirt! Time for a walk.
The new shopping center next to our apartment building has a chocolate store!
Because of the new shopping center, they have refurbished the dolphin fountain:
You don't need much space to have a shop:
The recycler guys take a break to watch a card game:
The former National Academy of Peiping:
The residence of the Italian Consulate General:
Turning the corner at Tai'an Lu, laundry on the street:
I had seen this sculpture at the corner of Xingguo and Hunan Lus:
The requisite waterway, with reflection:
Floral design with pansies and ornamental kale: