Thursday, June 03, 2010


Last weekend I visited Zhujiajiao, a charming town built along streams and canals, about an hour outside Shanghai. It was officially designated a town under Emperor Wanli (1563-1620) during the Ming Dynasty and was also known as the Pearl Street Pavilion.

Nowadays it is commercial and full of (mainly Chinese) tourists. There are many boutiques selling silk, paintings, ceramics, Mao memorabilia and fresh water pearls (I bought a beautiful pale pink strand). There are also plenty of cafes looking over the water and small shops offering roast pork, bean curd and dim sum. The only disappointment was the rain!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

do u prefer zhujiajiao or bruges at night time....sounds great your trip

5:24 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Looks like Bruges!
Red lanterns? Red lanterns were used to welcome the warlord's new concubine. There is a wonderful film called "Raise the Red Lantern". It's a truely wonderful film set in the 1920's. Beautiful sets and photography. Meaningful and cruel story. Have you seen it?

7:40 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Anon & ED - I've never been to Bruges or Antwerp - aargh! Let's meet for lunch there one w/e! I haven't seen that film, either, ED, but it sounds very good.

7:52 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It looks charming. I think it looks like Bruges too.

11:58 pm  

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