Mundane Monday, Vol. XXIII: China Trip
Monday, May 4, 2015
It's been a while, hasn't it? I spent the last few weeks in Shanghai and Ningbo. It's been seven years since I was last in China and the skyline has changed dramatically. Suddenly, skyscrapers surround my grandmother's apartments - this quiet little residential neighborhood is now encroached by luxury shopping centers.
It amused me to no end the juxtaposition of old and modern. A few hundred feet from where elderly neighbors relax on a handcrafted chairs, sleek Louis Vuitton boutiques and brightly illuminated La Mer counters have sprung up.
I was fortunate to visit during while the cherry blossoms bloomed.
I ate a great deal of things. Managed to gain ten pounds in three weeks! There are so many things to eat, I could spend a lifetime in China and still not taste them all. I think we ended up going out to eat... every single day of those three weeks.
Also a big fan of dim sum and one of my favorite restaurants was a Hong Kong based dim sum house that had scrumptious crispy roasted suckling pig, durian fruit pastries and pretty good Chines BBQ pork buns (the big fluffy buns at the bottom).
Another dish that stood out to me was this preparation of a fioe gras pâté that was particularly aromatic.
People watching also never gets old. This gentleman is 82 years old and as fit as a fiddle. Seriously, you should have seen how unwrinkled his complexion was and how bright his eyes sparkled. He spends two hours a day practicing calligraphy in the park using water as his ink and the tiles as his paper. While his characters have no permanence, he says that honing his art everyday in this seemingly futile way fills him with a sense of peace and happiness.
I really enjoyed my time there, other than allergies and pollution taking a toll on my body. I'm spending some time just relaxing and catching up on snuggles with Vesper & The Gang now that I'm home. While I didn't have very much time to shop, I did buy some Korean and Japanese makeup while I was there and I can't wait to show you!