Right after arrival, Uncle Yang showed me the environment around the area. It is near the Shanghai Gubei business center. The buildings are not too old - they were built in the 1990s. The roof and wall of the buildings look even older since it rains a lot in Shanghai. In the coming years, the government spent quite essential efforts in renovating the building roof - changing from the flat roof to a gothic roof so that the rain water won't stay too long on the roof that eats off the building. And that renovation project did help a lot. It lasts for several years - almost every other year before the raining season I could see through the windows the workers climbing on the building wall doing something. Before they start working, usually there will be announcements published in the front gate of the community to let the residents be aware of, so that they won't be too surprised while opening their curtains. Also, it is to let the residents put off their balcony racks outside the window. These drying racks generated so much trouble for the renovation work and eventually, the community withdrew all of them if residents left them there.
For the drying racks (sticks), it is a very reasonable and green tool for the wet area. The humidity is so high that the clothes can stay 2-3 days before getting totally dry, even in winter. This will never happen in north China :) In Beijing dry seasons, I can wear the T-shirt right after the laundry, not even need a 'drying process'. It gets dry after 10-20 minutes naturally. Therefore, the Shanghai drying racks were invented to let the clothes reach more air or wind outside the window. I myself never tried to put my clothes on the outside racks; I am not in a hurry to wear the washed clothes and I am always worrying about the clothes falling down in the yard in ground floor :D
Usually, the racks (sticks) are made of bamboo or stainless metals. It is easy to get one anytime in Shanghai - I saw the merchants carrying 4-5 sticks (just a long raw bamboo) across the buildings with their bicycle. During the Shanghai EXPO 2010, there were government calls recommending all shanghai residents to take away all drying bamboos from the buildings in order not to damage the Shanghai cityscape.
- April 29, 2017
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For a long time, I have been thinking of writing down my memory about Shanghai - where I lived and worked for 6 years. Finally, I started this blog.
I arrived in Shanghai by train, on August 25th, 2003, to start my career.
It was my first time traveling alone for over a thousand kilometers away from home. It was mid-summer and the weather is so different from Beijing - all I fell is the humidity. Although I thought I've fully prepared for the climate in Shanghai. I was not a very outgoing young man who likes adventure and challenge a lot - I was not even excited :)
One of my father's friend came to pick me up at the railway station. I am always very thankful for my father's friend - I call him Uncle Yang. He is a very nice Shanghai man - not old enough to be called 'uncle' but that's how Chinese culture acts since he is my father's friends. He is astonished when I told him there was a cooking shovel in my bag. I have no idea why I bring it for 1000 KM. He took me in a taxi, speaking fluent Shanghai dialect all the way with the driver, leading the way. I was trying to understand what they were talking but I think I understood only 20%. The taxi took us to the apartment rented from Uncle Yang's neighbor, with 1 bedroom and 1 dining room, not highly renovated but it's almost like what I had expected. Actually, it was luxury already for me to rent an apartment with 1200RMB per month before getting the first-month salary.
to be continued...
Lanzhou beef noodle, or Lanzhou Ramin, is like a non-chain Chinese fast food brand. The small street restaurants can be found widely in China, and mostly run by Hui Muslin people. The noodle dish is simple but freshly cooked. You can taste hand made thin noodles in the beef soup, with or without spice.
This summer turns out with a lot hot sauna days. The temperature hit 40 degrees Celsius yesterday. The blue sky is wonderful with good air quality, yet hard for outdoor sightseeing. It is recommended to take the walking tours early in the morning and indoor visits in the hot afternoon.
Line dancing is popular among women after dinner. In public spuares and open neighborhood in Shanghai, you will find a dozen to a hundred people dancing with simple movements in pop songs. It is usually a group of middle-aged to senior women, though once a while with men or youth. Line dancing turns a good exercise as well as social activity.
Typhoon Nepartak is hitting Shanghai with strong wind and rain. Some scenic spots in suburban Shanghai have been closed for safety concerns. Zhujiajiao water town is one of the closed scenery. There had been one week of hot but nice weather in Shanghai with wonderful vision.
Pork is popular meat of Shanghaiese. Sweet and sour pork is flavory and fits those with a sweet tooth. Another popular dish comes the deep fried port rib. Some restaurants make it really thin so the meat tastes very tender and crisp. It goes well with soy sauce for more flavor.
The colonial period of Shanghai did not start great, but brought a golden time to Shanghai's history and culture. The picture is one collection in Shanghai Propaganda Art Poster Center, showing a regular day in 1910s. Although the scenery and housing were very much Chinese, the dressing style turned towards the western style due to a mixture of culture from colonisation.
Shanghai Disney Resort has started trial operations since May 7th. After three weeks of test, the general feedback is quite positive. The numerous problems will be improved when the resort starts full operation on June 16th. Only 15-day count down for the opening of first Disneyland in mainland China!
Ma La Tang is a popular street food in Shanghai. It started from Sichuan like a mini hot pot. Ma La Tang literally means numb, spicy and hot. You can choose between a variety of foods, meat, veggie, bean curd, fish balls ...... All ingredients will be cooked in a hot and spicy broth. The spice level can be selected according to the preference and endurance.