Waving in the Rain
The main street
Parents in the rain
The freed goldfish clump together, motionless, just like the ones in cages. Weird metaphor?
Mind your eyes!
Stay tuned for a video of this guy singing!
Empty new part of town, as usual
The back streets
Buddhist Temple Entrance
This is a great photo!
Inside the temple
Buddha covered in…babies?
Seems quite Catholic, really…
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.
Coleen Monroe-Knight is a Colorado native who has left a trail of new homes for herself around the world. She's set foot in 30 countries and lived on four continents in the last thirteen years.
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4 thoughts on “Qibao Watertown: Old China in Hongqiao”
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
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.
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: https://thedailydumplingblog.wordpress.com/ If you’re interested, I’d love to feature your diet on the blog. I look forward to hearing from you!
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.