What we meant to do today:
1) Visit Taikong Lu Art Centre
2) Sightsee in old International Concession, Mao Tse Dong’s house
3) Walking tour in old Shanghai lilongs (lanes)
What we meant to buy today:
1) Some Shokay 100% Yak Yarn from Taikong Lu Art Centre & possibly other yak products
What we actually did today:
1) Visited Taikong Lu Art Centre.
What we actually bought today:
1) No yak yarn at all or any yak products
2) Chinese animal mobile (B)
3) Went to a shop with a multitude of small toy toilets, some with little heads poking out (it was Japanese). B tempted, but ultimately decided to go with small kitty mirror instead.
4) 5 ceramic rice bowls (B)
5) Grey cotton scarf (A) At same shop, B was sized up by a shop girl and given an XL coat since clearly B is huge (not!). Coat made B look like a yeti.
6) B became obsessed with a quilt but was persuaded to sleep on it.
We had lunch at Dan Cafe (more on food in another post)
7) A load of tea, and a tea ceramic platter thing with a naked lady on it for use as a cheese platter (A)
8) A handmade doll (B)
9) T-shirt with pig dictators, and a porcelain faceless, eyeless humanoid pig (A).
10) B almost bought a tshirt with pig superheros, but settled for pig stickers and a pig dictator badge.
11) Baby booties (B)
12) Two prints from a papercut artist (A)
13) B tried on more sweaters (all cashmere) but was too flustered to commit
14) A yellow luggage tag (A)
At this point, we realised it was too late to get to Mao’s house, so decided to simply continue shopping.
15) A nearly bought some cool cotton coasters, which turned out to be organic cotton breast pads.
16) A wanted to buy some eyeless faceless ceramic babies (shop offered a place to paint them onsite). B wasn’t so convinced, wanted to know what they were for. Asked shopkeeper, but she didn’t know. A was convinced to leave without babies, which B said were creepy
At this stage, after a 15 minute conversation as to whether A should buy/make babies, and B should help her, we decided we both really needed a beer or two.
18) Back to doll shop, where B bought another doll.
By this point it was dark, so we went back to the hotel (we found it in the Lonely Planet and mentioned on Trip Advisor).
A few photos of today’s retail therapy, plus random selection from the Taikong Lu Art Centre shops.