Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time for the last of the "Time Out Shanghai" magazine's Treasure Hunts. This one called "Explore Arts and Crafts in Taopu" begins and ends at Qilianshan Lu station of Metro Line 11. Take exit 5, turn left and walk north on Qilianshan Lu.
We had to find some of the answers on the way back, as we were detoured off the sidewalk by workers in a cherry-picker truck trimming branches along the utility lines. So we totally missed the Shanghai Hero Pen store at No. 127:
When we did find the shop, we entered and looked at every pen on display, twice. We were to find the pen that looked like white and blue ceramic with a picture of the 2010 Expo mascot Haibao and a steel model of the China pavilion, and note what other creature is on the pen. Other Westerners were in the shop as well. Finally, I asked in my limited Mandarin, which pen has Expo Haibao. The woman jabbered at me, then indicated they don't have any more. Then she brought the blue and white ceramic-look pen like one in the case, to show me the Haibao on it. Aha! The way the pen was displayed, you could not see Haibao, and this was the one pen without a price tag (we were given the clue that is cost 638 RMB/$100). Now I could see that the steel China pavilion, which I imagined as a flat charm perhaps wrapped around the pen, was the top of the pen. And the other animal was, as the woman said, a long/dragon.
Next on Qilianshan Lu, you reach the high white gate of the Hero factory.
Girolamo is an Italian artist with a studio here. He calls himself a performance artist.
We were looking all around the outside of the gate, when a couple Westerners came out of the factory complex. They asked if we were doing the contest, and then pointed out the utility pole at the edge of the sidewalk. Up in the branches of a tree, you could just see this poster!
Continue along Qilianshan Lu, crossing Yongdeng Lu and pass between two tall chimney stacks. Do not expect them to be obvious! We found the red and white striped chimney on the right, back behind a factory complex on the other side of the road:
TOP Creative Park is home to many design, fashion, and photography companies, as well as to art galleries and artists' studios.
Your next treasure hunt target is on the second floor of Building 5:
Olive green refrigerators filled with speaker parts and spray foam that is supposed to represent adipose tissue (fat):
A historic fax exhibition:
This old vehicle has a movie camera strapped to one wheel:
We were to check out the small store just behind the ShanghART exhibition space. As we walked around the red building, we saw a locked door to the ShanghART supermarket. We went back inside the gallery, and found there was another way to get to the store, which is actually in the front left corner of the warehouse. We were to determine what was unusual about the toothpaste and shampoo at the store:
After exploring the TOP Creative Park, you exit onto Wuwei and turn left, then turn left on Qilianshan Lu and return to the Metro station.
Later today, we finally found the Children's Market, called both Nihong and Neon Kids Plaza, which is located underground at No. 10 Pu'an Lu.
Lots of Chinglish,; here is a representative page:
Speaking of good meals, I'll add our Fathers' Day meal here.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Happy Fathers' Day!
We went to the Southern Barbarian in the restaurant complex off Jinxian and Maoming Roads. Decided to get the set meal for two-four people at 188 RMB total/$30.
Started with a cold eggplant and tomato salad with spicy chili sauce.
Fried goat cheese (it tastes so much better than it looks!):