Wonderful weather this weekend! Sunny, not too hot or humid, and cool in the shade.
Today we headed to the town of Jiading. We were able to take four things off the Shanghai must-see list!
I know it is confusing when I say we are visiting this town or that city, and we are still in Shanghai.
The People's Republic of China is divided into 33 administrative sections (in the U.S. we would have 51, the 50 states and D.C.). There are 22 provinces, 4 municipalities (including Shanghai and Beijing; equal to a province), 5 autonomous regions (including Tibet), and 2 special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau). Shanghai is divided into 18 districts of which Jiading is one. Jiading includes several towns, one of which is named Jiading!
So after riding Metro Line 6 out to the northernmost end, we were here!
Orange taxis and orange street lights:
We bought a couple children's picture books in the bookstore:
The melon farmer:
The town performing arts center:
Awesome Barbie or Disney Princess dress...
On the grounds were two exhibition halls, one for Gu Weijun (1888-1985), known in English as Wellington Koo. He was a diplomat who served as prime minister and foreign ambassador of the Republic of China. As a representative of China, he refused to sign the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 because the concession that Japan return the Shandong peninsula to China was refused. As with many of these early 20th century Chinese notable personages, he was educated in the U.S., getting his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He also received several honorary degrees, including one from Kent's alma mater, Miami University:
Back on the Old Street, a "bop the gopher" game with a mysterious tagline:
Did they mean to be literal with this T-shirt?
Our favorite was Li Yanpeng:
The biographies of the artists were in Chinese, and listed two dates. If you took them as the year of birth and the year of death, these guys all passed in their 20s! But the dates were of the year of birth, and the year of college graduation!
Next, the Qiuxia Garden, one of the five classical gardens of Shanghai, but this one has the longest history and is the best preserved. Like the Yu Garden in the old town of Shanghai, this garden included a Chenghuang/City God Temple:
A Xi'an warrior god?
We wanted to know what this plant was that towered over our heads with these strange fruit/seed pods:
Tamiko on one stepping-stone bridge:
This doorway leads to the rockery tunnel:
Bruno went to find the source of flute-like music and found two agreeable gentlemen:
Tamiko on the zig-zag bridge:
Kent is investigating:
Outside the Qiuxia Garden, and outside the City God Temple, there are shops for temple offerings:
We stopped at the Bamboo Carving Museum on the grounds of the Jiading Villa Hotel:
On the way to the Confucian Temple, we passed several sculptures:
Now we have arrived at the Confucian Temple:
Three bridges over Pan Pool:
A Yu, a wooden instrument n the shape of a tiger:
A gorgeous dragon banner:
The examination itself was given in the cubicles:
People found ways to cheat, using a ghost-writer:
The opera stage in the park:
We were ready to call it a day when the park closed at 4:30 pm!
Someone was very tired on the Metro!