She took me to Yuyuan and we just wandered around. I had been there before, but not intentionally for pictures. Chinese New Year is at the end of the month so the decorations were being put up and the stores selling red lanterns, horses (it will soon be the year of the horse), red envelopes, etc were everywhere.
First she decided I needed to try a local dumpling place. It wasn't crowded today, but she has seen it with lines down the stairs and out onto the sidewalk, with servers carrying towers of steamers in each hand. Thankfully she is fluent in Mandarin so it made it much easier for me! It was kind of nice to sit back and let her take care of ordering everything. We ate dumplings, soybeans, spring rolls and a custard filled coconut flavored bun for dessert.
On our way out we saw this guy making the dumplings.
Once we were done we walked through the market area.
Gourds for sale. I should have asked my friend what the writing on them meant!
I was fascinated over the quantity of toilet seat covers available. Lots of variety!
Sometimes it is difficult to take people pictures in China. We thought this lady was so cute with her red muff for her hands! She not only let us take her picture, but gave us a bit of a smile too! She was very interested in looking at her photo afterwards!
Once we got out of the market area we went down one of the side streets. We saw these cardboard hauling bikes parked with the other bikes.
All over Shanghai you will see little alleyways where lots of people live. They usually have community kitchens and I believe bathrooms too. Most people here hang their clothes to dry. I'm assuming because dryers are luxuries, as is the electricity to run them.
What a fun outing and a great way to spend the day. I'm so thankful for making a new friend and getting to practice with my camera. I definitely learned from watching her. She does a much better job of framing the shot when she takes the picture. I tend to do more cropping than I should in post processing. It gave me another item to add to the long list of things I want to improve!
This expat thing gives us such a great opportunity to meet so many different people. It truly is a blessing to have so many wonderful people in our lives!