Yu garden

Yu Garden was first built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. But it took a long time to complete it. It was the largest and most prestigious garden in Shanghai. It’s been damaged a lot several times. And during the first opium war the the British army used the Huxinting Teahouse as a base of operations for several days in 1842. Since 1982 Yu Garden is a national monument.

Hongqiao flower market

The name is very misleading. The market is full of interior design, art, plants, seasonal ornaments, Tea… The list is long. I for example have My favourite place for where I  buy buddhas. But I actually just bought a stone fish this time. For our summer house. This is a more expensive market, because of its location. But it is so worth it.

Hongqiao Flower market
718 Hongjing Lu, near Hongsong Lu / 虹井路718号, 近红松路 You go in through the big gate

Jing An temple

5C1DCB3F-B7F2-48E0-A8A3-08A95277F2B3.jpegOne of the prettiest temples in Shanghai, and I used to live opposite it in my first house in Shanghai in 2002. It went thorough a very big, but needed renovation for some years that was completed 2010.

The temple was built in 247 AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. It was then  located beside the Suzhou Creek, it was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty but, during the Cultural Revolution, the temple was converted into a plastic factory. In 1983, it was returned to its original purpose.

Back in Shanghai

Wo ai Shanghai❤️

This is also my home,I might not live here anymore. But I lived here on and off since 2002. And this is where we started off as a family. Shanghai will always hold a special place in my heart. I am here with a friend this time. And I love to show her all my special places. Yesterday we went all over the town, and of the places were JingAn temple. And the first house we lived in, at Yan An Zhong Lu, where we meet my old neighbor.

Welcome!!

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This is in our main hallway. And everything is pretty Chinese here I just noticed… The old altar table was bought outside Shanghai a really long time ago. And the Buddha we dragged home from the antique market in Shanghai in 2002. Funnily enough it was my husband that wanted this first Buddha of ours! Now he says that we have to many. The old basket is a basket that someone got for their wedding long time ago, I will show you what it looks like inside another day. The pots under neath the table are from our old local market in Shanghai. They had alcohol in them before. And I bought them when they were empty.  You can move the woman to Sweden, but she still have her Chinese home;)