Shanghai, China Part 2

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Shanghai, China  Part 2 

Part 2

So the second day, we (K, Jim, Wools and I) walked to the Old City where there was a ton of small shops that had huge sales, prices were reasonable, and we could negotiated. Got Kelly the bag she wanted, got Mel the earrings she wanted, and more. We walked the alleys and streets and saw some very interesting restaurants and food stalls.

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Can you imagine what the health department would do with these restaurants??

Street scenes and people

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Brushing teeth in the street

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Laundry hanging from electric lines, everywhere

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Peking duck and more

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Sign in small park

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The sign above is behind the woman knitting in the park. We saw many women knitting. Can you see the needles she is using? DPNs that are about 14 inches long. Everyone we saw knitting was using these needles. We didn’t see circular needles anywhere. Wools and I kept asking them where there was an Knitting store but no one understood what we wanted. Finally, a woman knew some English and pointed us in the right direction. I forgot to take pictures.. Sorry, but the yarn was in the back room of a sweater shop and they have some really nice yarn all prepackaged and ready to go. Since I brought way too much with me only Wools got.. Now of course, I can kick myself for not buying since she paid about a $1 each and got 100% wool, 50 grams of sock yarn. I asked the owner if they have circular needles and he showed me what he had.. they were about a 0000 size with a smooth join and a cable that seemed to be a plastic coated wire. I asked him for more and he showed us all the circs he had, about 5 pairs of different sizes. Wools and I grabbed them. They were 35 CENTS each. He also gave us a gift of those long 14 inch DPNs.What a deal. I hope I find another shop in Hong Kong.

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We were told that a building like this holds about 100 residents.

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Once the Communist Government took over, people had to move in together so, a building that used to hold one family, that had 3 floors would now have at least 3 families if not 6 families, depending on the size of the floor. They divided up the building so that each family had their own individual electric and water meters and the kitchens were divided into smaller units according to the number of families that were in the building. Some didn’t have bathrooms and the people would (and still do) take their chamber pots to a central location and dump their “dump”! Below is the typical way that the kitchen was divided. This kitchen has 3 sections, one for each family. Each has their own sink and counter space and a bare bulb above it. You can tell how different each family treats their “kitchen”. Who was cleaner than the other. Ovens don’t exist, they only use a hot plate and of course a wok. This is how things are in the older sections of the city. In the last 10 years or so, the government has built these huge residential apartment buildings where each apartment, though small, has it’s own private kitchen and bath. You can purchase an apartment from the government for about the same price as an average apartment cost in the USA but… you can only keep it for 50 to 70 years and then it reverts back to the government. But, at least you don’t pay property tax!

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Pajamas in the street????

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A seamstress sewing in the street.

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