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The French Concession

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I was getting ready to go, at the same time as Toshi, a Japanese construction worker from Tokyo. He had been at a job interview the day before and had no plans for the day. I just wanted to see the French Concession that day, so we went down there. Our first stop was the arts and crafts museum, where people were supposed to be demonstrating their craft, but it was more of a fancy store than anything else.
Then, we walked all the way down to the site of the first Communist Party meeting. The streets were really pleasant to walk down, so we spent most of the day just walking and walking and walking. It was great.
At the museum, you could see the table Mao and his friends sat at to discuss the founding of the new China. Not sure it was authentic, it looked a little new to me.

This is not it, no photos allowed of the "real" table.

Then, there was another museum next door, showing a typicaly Shikumen home. The interesting part was the small room in between the first and second floors which was often rented out to starving students and artists. Therefore a lot of famous Chinese writing was written in apartments such as these.

We had a lunch of fruit salad in the park and then went to Tianzifang, which was an absolute nightmare.
We left quickly for Jing' An Temple, which glitters with gold amidst the sky scrapers.
We had dinner at a Hong Kong style place and then went back on foot to have a small party in the hostel.

Posted by baixing 02:23 Archived in China Tagged shanghai

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Wow! What a cool place to visit.

by marian

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