Fabric & Tea Market

Fabric Market

In Shanghai there is a market for almost everything.

For foreigners like us, these markets are very attractive, cheap price and very practical.
So I would not leave China without buy something custom and handymade!

Direction Fabric Market, there are several in Shanghai of course we went to the nearest from Yuyan Garden.

168 Dongmen Lu,
near Zhongshan Dong Er Lu
东门路168号,
近中山东二路

It is indeed very “profitable” for us European. We may have my jacket cashmere tailor made for € 70. Pierre two custom shirts for € 25 and € 50 for a suit. 🙂

The procedure is as follows:
1. The model is chosen
2. Prices are negotiated
3. Measures are taken
4. You pay a deposit (half of the total price)
5. you wait 1 week
6. We just get our order!

isn’t it magic ? 🙂

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Tea Market
We also went to the tea market!
520 Zhongshan Xi Lu,
near Wuyi Lu
中山 西路 520 号,
近 武夷 路
Although less people has square corners or in tourism. Tea is good and above can enjoy the leisurely quiet.There are also all the utensils to become a pro in the tea ceremony. Finally, there are services has magnificent tea and really cheap.
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Xishanzhen Island

Sunday, August 11,

Start: 9:00 am
Return: 5:00 pm

On this sunny day, towards an island (Xishanzhen) not far from Suzhou.
We accessed it by bus from the stop 58 Peoples Hospital. Around 1hr bus to the terminal!

Arrived at the terminal, we are a bit lost, nothing, it feels like an abandoned village. A bit like Tonopath California. 😉

We walked back along the path of the bus Because We had seen signs. Garden, old town 10 km …

Heck, we are not going to walk for 10 km by 40 ° C in the sun. There is a stop and go on the first bus hoping that goes to the garden I would say from memory bus 196.

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After a few stops, we arrived at a sign “garden and temple.” Let’s go to the garden and the temple!

The entrance fee per person is 50Y.

Hayashiya Cave
Wuzhong District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, Kim Chambers Road

林 屋 洞 风景区

江苏 省 苏州 市 吴中 区 金 庭 路

0512 6521 7360

And there was the surprise of the day. We landed in a beautiful and wide garden. After some minutes walk in the garden, a new surprise we arrived at the entrance of a cave.

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After this good refreshing visit towards the pagoda overlooking the whole island. A sweat does not hurt (yeah except when it’s 40 ° C and there is not a damn tree for shade).

Once at the top, beautiful view of the lake (well it should not be nearly as large as a small sea I think …).

As they say after exercise the comfort except it would have been great to find a bus to take us back to what is the “center of the city.”

Finally, a bus came. Great, we will be able to quench their thirst with a beer and a nice meal … Woe took me, there are only chinese restaurants ! Well we’re going to choose and pray not to fall on the legs of the chicken or duck tongue.

Ouf what came on is soft vegetables, tofu, pork in brown sauce and tiny fish (squid style) with vegetables. We even managed to order a beer !!

Back in Suzhou, direction the pool. Ah that feels good.

If you have the chance to go through it, must stop. Well worth the cost!

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Chinese food

Saturday, August 3, 2013,

I was waiting until I tasted enough things to be able to write a post about the “Chinese food”… But also enough photos to put as illustrations.

Fruits

Fruit, china, anyway Shanghai choosing fruit is large enough. Many exotic fruits (mango, papaya, guava, mangosteen, banana …) but also fruits that we know more apples and pears. To know that all the exotic fruits are really delicious. This is not the same for pears and apples are just water like watermelon.

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Vegetables

Vegetables, I was a little bit disappointed on this side, the choice is much more restricted. Tomatoes, carrots, beans and broccoli. A lack of green vegetables and good salad!

Let’s start in the little more Chinese, Tofu. They come in all shapes, all textures for all tastes. Soft squares, sticks so squid, grilled … I think I’ve tasted a large part. Tofu is still in many cases not very tasty, same for the lotus.

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Algae

We continue (souls very sensitive it is time to make a choice). Algae. Yes Chinese are fond of algae of all kinds. Black color through the green and even yellow. Taking forms more or less attractive. And can even be eaten cooked, raw, grilled or viscous manner.
In my opinion, the raw seaweed (or dry) is very iodine like crispy chips. The cooked seaweed looks more like the mushroom we are used to eat. As for the seaweed in soups, often viscous, nothing that we know … but it’s not bad at all.

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Chinese dishes

Let go to the chinese dishes, we often have eaten the famous spicy noodles and dumplings; the Chinese pizza ; peking duck; the chicken grill, braised, roasted ; cantonese rice, the Hong Kong rice (spices !!), natural rice etc., etc.

Many different dishes but often I fond the same criticism setting apart chillies there is no taste!

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Let’s go to the more or less typical of china dishes.

Chicken feet, yes yes they love chicken feet. Well I must admit that after this meal tasted I was a little disappointed. Tendons which crack under the tooth and no meat …

The cold duck tongue, to my surprise it was not bad. Well I do not adore it but it was not a strong taste.

Insects, most located north of China. I didn’t have the opportunity to taste it but Eva, Mom and Dad have experienced it. I believe “crispy”.

The jellyfish, tested for the first time last night. It is crisp and translucent. No taste.

The dog may be provided to the program next weekend depending on the roommate of Pierre.

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I almost forgot to mention the egg… I did not wanted to risk indigestion but eggs, there are of all colors and from all years!
With that, enjoy!

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