Friday, 14 December 2012


The post from May describes Shui Ying growing up in a small village in Sichuan. Following a tragedy in her family, her mother sends her to find a job in Shanghai.  She spends the first night in this hostel.

Shui Ying is overwhelmed being in one of the largest cities in the world.

She spends time at People (Renmin) Square feeding the pigeons. The most important event in the book happens in People Square subway station. Shui Ying leaves the subway and Emily enters and takes her seat.

She walks on the Bund along the Huangpu River looking at Pudong on the other side. She sees the same view when she visits the M on the Bund Restaurant,

When she's reunited with Liang, they go to Oriental Peal TV Tower and view Shanghai,

and they eat the Stinky Tofu.

They stroll along Nanjing Road and check the book stores in Fuzhou Road.

An old song about Shanghai is by Frances Yip.

When Shui Ying disappears, Emily and her friends search for her in the Jade Buddah Temple in Shanghai.

When Shui Ying and Emily meet in Shanghai, they go shopping at Nanjing Road. It is the main shopping street in Shanghai and one of the world's busiest shopping streets.

One of the famous people born in Shanghai is basketball player, Yao Ming. Shui Ying watches him playing in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.


  1. Oh Shanghai... the memories! This made me happy to see so much of the city again... I just wish I could go back already, and not end up in quarantine! Stupid swineflu...

  2. I looked again at your post from July about your short trip to Shanghai. One of the top restaurants in Shanghai is M on the Bund. Its founder is Michelle Garnaut, a Chef born in Melbourne. Every year they organize the Shanghai Literary Festival and they also have a Residency program where they invite authors to stay with them. Maybe in a few years, they will invite you. Both M on the Bund and Michelle are in the story line in my novel. They read the relevant pages, made changes and approved. So there is a place for an Aussie like you in Shanghai.

    1. You have no idea how excited you just made me, haha :) And that's so cool that they read the relevant stuff and approved!

  3. Happy holidays, dear Giora! :)

    Fröhlicher Weihnachten!

  4. Nooooo... A typo! It's "Fröhliche Weihnachten", of course!

  5. Thanks for visiting and Happy Holidays to you and D. The internet says that the first Christmas tree began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago.

    1. I don't know, I would have to ask Uncle Google, too.