We did it! After a little bit more than a year back in the United States, we culled through the combined posts from this blog and my wife’s blog, as well as a few thousand photographs, and have published a book documenting our time living in Shanghai. It is available from Blurb as both an eBook for the iPad, or as a 6″ x 9″ softcover book.
I don’t know what the official numbers are, but based on my 10-month long, unofficial observation the two most common jobs in urban China are street sweepers and security guards, with the latter being the most plentiful. Security guards are everywhere, whether they are necessary, or not; Lilong entrances, parking lot entrances–even the ones with automatic gates–apartment compounds (our compound has three guards at each entry a doorman at each building and a desk attendant in every lobby), construction sites,fake markets, metro stations, park entries, office buildings, ferry stations, bus stations, train stations, churches and malls. Usually in pairs and often sleeping.
Shanghai, Beijing, or Nanjing, parks play an important role in the social life of the average Chinese citizen, young or old. This trio of seasoned gentleman were playing some up tempo, jazz flavored western music, on a cool, overcast Saturday in Xuanwu Lake Park in north-central Nanjing. Kite flyers, boat rowers, picture takers, walkers, dancers and matchmakers, the park was busy despite the so-so weather.
“A local eatery’s promotion drew criticism after it slaughtered a bull on the sidewalk, Shanghai Daily reported on Tuesday. The name of the beef restaurant in Baoshan district was not disclosed. Residents complained that the bloody scene frightened many passers-by.” —China Daily, 30 October, 2013