Street Stories

Shoes in the lane

A domestic dispute in the lane

An aging woman was staring down an alley, her eyes hooded and preoccupied. I stood next to her, wondering what had caught her unwavering attention. Seated on the concrete floor…

Hongkou Amusement Park 00

Seeking amusement in spring

Shanghai’s beautiful spring weather came and went too quickly. The pinkish hues of cherry blossoms had contrasted beautifully against blue skies while the cool breeze made long strolls ever…

Tongchuan Fish Market 04

Fresh seafood on Tongchuan Lu

A few months ago, I joined a few friends for lunch at Tongchuan Lu Seafood market (海鲜美食街) located on Tongchuan Lu (铜川路) near Lanxi Lu (兰溪路) in Putuo…

2 degrees Shanghai

Wet and windy

They had called for snow and rain, and by they, I mean the local weathermen with their annoying warnings of a cold front. By the time the sun…

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Propaganda artist in residence

Weaving through the lanes near Yu Gardens (豫园) or north of Old Town in Xiaonanmen (小南门), whose layout had been hugely disrupted by carelessly erected temporary walls, blind turns and open sewers, it…