Sunday, September 14, 2014

Shanghai Shopping Trip

So I was so excited when my friend Maria said she woud take us to Shanghai because 1) we needed someone to show us the route (taxi - bus - subway - and back again) and 2) I was ready to see the big city!! The travelling there wasn't so bad because transit is quick, cheap (about $10 round-trip) and easy, but the subway has about 12 different lines, so we just needed to be shown the ropes, so to speak. 

The bus terminal/airport terminal/subway terminal... It was huge! 
We headed to a street where a lot of the stores sell art supplies (mainly traditional calligraphy brushes and papers) but there were a bunch of stores that had some "western" art supplies too, and I was EXCITED!! One of the most shocking things I encountered were the alcohol markers (like Copic, except I didn't actually find Copics per se) were about  ¥3 each, which is about $0.60!! If I didn't already have a couple of different sets of markers I would have bought a bunch. I bought a set of Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, some Stabilo pens, a paint brush, some palette paper, a couple of canvases and that was about it... 
Note: bamboo scaffolding (scary!!!), animals in cages NOT for adoption (for consumption.. awwwww...), crowded subway, guy harvesting Jackfruit - I gotta try some!

We then headed to an underground market and that was fascinating! Everything was "fake" and the salespeople were something else... They grabbed you, they called out to you, and if you dared to look in their booth they would haggle with you until you were convinced you got a good price! lol... I have to say that between Ian, Phoenix and I we are a family of good hagglers. We were willing to walk away from the items and that was key - if you go to walk away they'll give you your price! I didn't take any photos in there (you weren't allowed) but I'll try next time. It was a trip!! 

So... I wanted to go to the Apple store to pick up a doo-dad for my iPad and I just didn't know how crazy the Chinese were for Apple... 

There was a crowd waiting outside the store to get in, and the funniest moment was when the store finally opened, the staff stood at the entrance and clapped for all the customers as we walked in. The royal treatment!! We walked by the Apple store a few more times that day and the crowds never lessened. Having an Apple product is a MAJOR status symbol in China - all the kids have all the gadgets in my classes... 

That's all for now! Zaijian! (prounounced tsai-tsee-en)

1 comment:

  1. Hey Tobi,
    It's great to read about your adventures in your new home. Glad to hear that you are all adjusting so well, and enjoying the experience. I'm sorry I missed the Skype session at the crop, but I was working at the store...hopefully next time.
    I have to say all those crowds would drive me batty..LOL but the experience of living there is so worth it. Big hug to you, looking forward to your next installment of A CANADIAN GIRL.....