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We took my parents to Qibao, a watertown on LIne 9 in Shanghai. In fact, it seems to be very close to where we live. Out by the Hongqiao Airport and the Railway Station.

The town is made to look old, and some parts of it are actually old. The streets are tiny and crowded, and in the rain it really felt like we were in Old China.

My favourite picture from this lot is the old man sitting in the traditional tea house. It is something of a stereotypical shot; this is not truly what Shanghai looks like and it might never have been. But it makes me feel like maybe, just maybe, I am actually living in China.

Here is the guy singing, as promised.


Get to Xujiahui on whatever line you find yourself in Shanghai. Take Line 9 (light blue) to Qibao, going four stops. Follow the signs from the station, hanging a right at the intersection just past the massive new shopping mall and a left at the end of the street. The main entrance is on the right. 

4 comments on “Qibao Watertown: Old China in Hongqiao

  1. Nancy Kane says:

    Looks like a movie. You look great. Nice photo of your Mama & Dad. Can’t wait for you to come home. I miss you. Love, Nana

  2. mmonroe841 says:

    love the old man in the traditional tea house, too! Felt like “Stranger in a Strange Land,” so much taller than most of the people in the old town.

  3. astrideats says:

    Dear Coleen, I came across your blog and really enjoy your posts about life in Shanghai. Your recent post about Jackie’s beer nest reminded me that I need to visit, I hear great things! I recently started a blog; every week this blog will feature the diet of an expat living in Shanghai. Link: If you’re interested, I’d love to feature your diet on the blog. I look forward to hearing from you!

    1. Coleen says:

      Hi! I’d be happy to be on your blog. You can use the Contact Form on the ‘About’ page to get in touch directly.

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