jing’an temple – finally

Yes, I just posted yesterday. But today was rather special, so I thought I’d go ahead and post again. This morning I received some clothes I had ordered online and was pretty happy with it all. For lunch, I went to Yang’s Fry Dumplings and had their shengjianbao. Yum. Didn’t take any pictures though because I was with a friend and I thought it would’ve been rude. Anyway … afterwards I went to the Jing’an Temple. I FINALLY WENT! The temple is right next to the metro station, the one I go to at least twice a week, and is less than ten minutes from where I live, but this is the first time I’ve stepped foot in the temple. I can’t believe it took me a year to see it. It was nice … like all the other temples in China.

Why was this day special? Because I got to cross two things off my Shanghai bucket list! The restaurant and temple had been on it for the longest time. The picture below is from the Jing’an Temple. The area around the temple is very modern, like the mall in the picture’s background. The colors didn’t come out too good because of the lighting, so I just stripped the image of color and added some sepia. Not something I’d normally do, but hey, today’s special, remember?

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the month of may

May Day and Cinco de Mayo have come and gone. April showers are over and the May flowers are in bloom. And the month of May is going to be crazy as heck.

It’s been a while since I last posted, and all for good reason. I did some traveling with my class, then we had midterms, I got sick, family came, work was annoying, et cetera. The next few weeks are going to be very busy as well, but all’s still well. The below picture is from a temple in Wuxi, China. The city of Wuxi didn’t really have much to offer, but it was nice to get away from the city for a bit.

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trip to nanxiang

On Wednesday I took a little trip to Nanxiang, a town near the top of Shanghai. It’s still within reach of the subway, so it was a pretty easy trip (about 40 minutes to get there). It was a small town, so they didn’t have much to offer other than Guyi Gardens and Nanxiang Old Street, where Yunxiang Temple and the Twin Pagodas are. Below is a picture from within the temple.

Nanxiang is known for its xiaolongbao, which are little dumplings. Well … Shanghai is known for xiaolongbao, but they actually originated from Nanxiang. It’s just that when compared with Shanghai, Nanxiang is an afterthought. The dumplings were good, but nothing worth raving about. All in all we spent about four hours there, which was plenty.

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