Came across this communal washing area of a nongtang (alley for Shikumen houses). For those uninitiated to Shanghai, this is sometimes a common area where the many households in a Shikumen to brush their teeth, vegetables ,plates, bowls and even laundry at times.
Not much privacy eh? Though getting rarer by the day, these sights can still be seen all over Shanghai.
Let the fireworks begin!
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, especially during the countdown, one can hear the sound of fireworks cooking off for hours even in the suburban areas. Yes, this is how the Chinese like to celebrate.
Some of these fireworks are improvised and homemade too.
Just after a quick tour around Cool Docks, I took a walk with a friend and took some photos of the views around the Bund. I have not been to the Bund since the renovations were completed. There are now a lot more visitors friendly touches and photogenic spots.
Just near Cool Docks, there is a newly opened bar with a small man-made beach, beach beds included ! I guess this is a great idea for the summer but definitely not a good one for winter! No wonder there is no one there when we took the photos.
Browsing through an inflight magazine, I came across this interesting shoe design from a China shoe company with a pedometer in built onto the shoes. Apparently, this shoe is design to help you live a healthier lifestyle by tracking the number of steps in a day.
With the pervasiveness of mobile phone apps and sportwatches, surely that could be a better a way to check the number of your paces in a day? Imagine if I want to do X number of paces in a day, how do I check the progress? Either I need to constantly remove my shoe to check or I need to find a place to sit to get a closer look.
Surely, this is a design oversight. An overkill for a pair of shoes I would say.
Lunar New Year is the biggest festival in the Chinese calendar.
The good thing about being Chinese in ethnicity is that Chinese gets to celebrate new year twice ! Once on the first day of January and the other on Lunar New Year.
Every year, about a month before the actual day, the largest human migration exercise in the world takes place, as millions and millions of migrant workers, children studying overseas, sons and daughters that have relocated out of the town where their parents stay, makes it a point to come home for the reunion dinner the night before the Lunar New Year starts.
To be exact, the estimated number of people participating in the rush home is estimated to be around 140 million! Or about the population size of Russia !
Rain,snow, overcrowding, pushing and shoving are not going to deter most from going back home to have the reunion dinner. To many, home is a place where they seek consolation and rest from the weariness of work, fighting it out in the big city or the unfamilarity of a new country.
This is does not happen only in China but also in countries where there are Chinese . To name a few more: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore etc.
Then of course, we also have another group of people who either stay with their family or very close that long trips back home are not necessary. Nonetheless, they are also just as happy to be close to their loved ones, feasting and laughing. These are just some of the little things in life that money cannot buy.
I find it so apt that the most distinct values of the Chinese culture, family and filial piety are expressed in the biggest festival on the Chinese calendar.
On the first day of the Lunar New Year, most would spend the day visiting relatives and friends or hosting them. Children love this festival as the Lunar New Year to them, means lots of delicacies, celebration and red packets (红包 - red envelopes with money inside as pocket money for them)
So, how what are your Lunar New Year plans ?
I wish all my readers 新春愉快! 吉祥如意! 心想事成！