My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 1 (part 2)
Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats. So off he went… East… way way East… to China. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick’s trip.
(Continued from Day 1 part 1)
We decided to head over to the cool neighborhood – The French Concession – but I took us on a detour to a small museum that I was dying to check out: The Chinese Propaganda Art Center.
It wasn’t easy to find; it’s located in the basement of a building in the middle of a housing complex, but I’m glad I persisted. The museum consists of several rooms with the walls lined with great propaganda posters from the Maoist era. I’ve always loved this kind of art.
I can think of no better examples of the power of art to strongly persuade than these posters. I was really fascinated by it all.
Check out this one: The inscription says something about promoting the friendship between Russia and China. This is the gayest thing I think I saw on my entire trip.
I went a little crazy in the gift shop, purchasing four posters and two mugs.
Imagine walking out of this building and bumping into a group of your friends. Can you say, “die of embarrassment”?
The neighborhood is filled with quaint boutiques and galleries, and lots of cool restaurants and bars.
It reminded me a little of Soho in NYC, but more neighborhoody.
We found the U.S. Consulate, which stood out because of the military guards out in front. I tried to take a photo, but the guard angrily tried to wave me off. I went down the street and took the photo anyway.
I then came upon a statue of Nie Er, the guy who composed the Chinese national anthem.
We got the fried goat cheese, shredded potato pancake and pork with sauerkraut. Not your typical Cantonese or Beijing cuisine. The place was fun, and very popular with expats.
The French Concession, in fact, is very popular with expats; we saw young parents out for a stroll with their kids, foreign exchange students, American businessmen. If I were ever to move to Shanghai, this is the neighborhood I’d want to live in, with all the shopping and restaurants and trees. Wherever you are in the French Concession, you’re never too far from a park.