After going to a friend’s birthday party last Sunday – which was brilliant – kung fu, pizza & sprinklers! – we tried Beijing roasted duck at Jing Hui Cui (in Shanghai), which was a bit hard to find on the 8th floor of a shopping mall, but well worth the search. When it is too far to go to Beijing just for dinner – this is a good substitute! Of course, we had a crispy duck, pancakes etc YUM!
We have a new notice in our lane – what do you think it says?
At school we are working on a project about space, so I have been doing lots of research on planets & aliens etc. I have to debate whether there is life on another planet – all suggestions welcome.
On Thursday, it was sports day. My relay team won a silver medal. Unfortunately my house did not win.
Yesterday, Dad planned the outing. We went to visit Longhua martyrs cemetery. Definitely Grandpa Motorbike’s kind of outing! This is a summary of the educational blurb that we were able to find out …….
Longhua Martyrs Cemetery has had a bloody history. Between 1928 and 1937 hundreds of Communist party members and other political agitators were imprisoned, executed and buried within the confines of the infamous Kuomintang prison. The remains of murdered Communists were found with leg irons still on in the 1950s. Now it is a park full of large Soviet-style sculptures. as a memorial to those who died in the struggle to bring socialism to China & the fight for communism prior to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. As well as various sculptures and a Memorial Hall, the cemetery sits on the location of the actual execution ground and visitors can view a replica of the prison. During World War II (the Second Sino-Japanese War in the region), the site of the Longhua Martyrs Cemetery was a vast Japanese internment camp. Prisoners included many westerners as depicted in the film Empire of the Sun. We also visited The Longhua Temple – a Buddhist Temple & the largest, temple complex Shanghai. With 500 Lohans. Lohans are well-known for their great wisdom, courage and supernatural power. Due to their abilities to ward off the evil, Lohans have became guardian angels of the Buddhist temple and there in the main hall standing guard are the ever-present, indomitable-looking 18 Lohan figures, sometimes accompanied by 500 or more lesser Lohans. We also saw The Longhua Pagoda (the most well-known of the 16 historic pagodas that still stand in Shanghai). It has an octagonal floor layout. The size of the seven storeys decreases from the bottom to the top. The pagoda consists of a hollow, tube-like brick core surrounded by a wooden staircase. On the outside, it is decorated with balconies, banisters, and upturned eaves. These outer decorations have been reconstructed in keeping with the original style.
Although previous pagodas existed on the same site, the current brick base and body of the pagoda was built-in 977 under the Wuyue kingdom (907-978), with continuous renovations of its more fragile wooden components on the exterior. Because of its age, the pagoda is fragile and is not open to the public.
Then Sunday – after doing homework all morning, we went for an afternoon walk that Dad chose from a book. It featured lots of art deco buildings. One of them was called “Henley House”. We went inside – it must have been brilliant once, now rather worn out, but the residents were very friendly & happy to show us around.
And this was celebrating Alex’s birthday!
That’s all for now,