Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shoe Market, Etc. (5/23/2012)

Tuesday, May 23, 2012
Finally a time when the guard at the door was distracted that I could get a photo of the Hello Kitty store!
I discovered there is a shoe market. In China, what I mean by a market is a huge area or building that has multiple small shops or booths selling the same thing. The fabric market has several hundred tailors and fabric stalls, a flower market has a hundred stalls, a pet market has a dozens of stalls, all crowded together. Some of the booths may specialize in a type of the product, such as fish at a pet market.
Now for the shoe market on Xietu Lu on both sides of Xizang Nan Lu:
The market is more than the storefronts, there are aisles crisscrossing inside the building with stall after stall.
All sizes of deliveries are coming and going:
Some of the shops are messy:
Some are neat:
We have been seeing lots of orange shoes lately.
The jasmine lady:
She makes bracelets from jasmine flower buds and pendants from the flower petals.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
The Shanghai Theatre Academy is supposed to have several historic buildings. The sign post is more modern:
The Xiong Foxi Building:
Built in 1936.
There were plans to create a Shanghai Theatre Avenue, lined with sculptures of 30 famous playwrights or dramatists. So far they have about ten, including Henrik Ibsen:
Sculpted by the Norwegian Per Ung.
Xiong Foxi, for whom the building above is named:
Eugene O'Neill:
Sculpted by American Jon Hair.
And Master Hong Yi, the father of Chinese drama:
(Thanks to Sean for help with identification!)
Another shikumen-type building:
The veranda of the Xiong Foxi Building:
Can anyone relate this sculpture to drama?
An ancient palanquin prop?
Lane 288 off Wuyuan Lu:
Plaque for the former residence of Zhang Leping:
Zhang Leping is a cartoonist and writer of children's books. We have seen his gravestone at the Song Cemetery.
Leping created the character San Mao, which means literally "Three Hairs:"
Loss of hair is a sign of malnutrition.
San Mao was an orphan of the Sino-Japanese War:
You couldn't see the residence, but the lane was lined with relief carvings of scenes from San Mao books.
He has a string of firecrackers.

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