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Peppa Pals 🐷🐷 . . . Peppa Pig, the British children’s cartoon is extremely popular in China for some reason. And not just for kids: you’ll often see adults sporting trendy Peppa-themed fashions too. I’ve seen a lot of fake Gucci and Chanel shirts featuring this popular pig. She was even banned from a popular Chinese video sharing site for a while due to her association with “gangster” culture. I honestly can’t explain it, but I guess living here means being confused about a lot of things, a lot of the time. 🤔
Shanghai Pharmacy 🏮 . . . There was something magical about the ornate patterns, vibrant colours and warm red glow emanating from this pharmacy in Shanghai’s French Concession. The lady in red happened to stand in the perfect spot too. ✨
Follow Me 🏮✨ . . . Who says Shenzhen doesn’t have history? I can’t believe we’ve lived in Shenzhen for so long, never mind living in Nanshan district for several months and we hadn’t visited this place yet. Visiting Nantou ancient city feels like stepping back in time. It’s an ancient walled city that still functions as an urban village full of hustle and bustle. Ornate, traditional structures mingle with 80s looking apartment blocks with their steel-barred windows and odd pastel colours. It’s a great spot for people watching, though the people definitely watched us back! It didn’t feel like a place where you’d run into a ton of foreigners, despite it being somewhat of a tourist attraction. (At least we didn’t see any others)! Will definitely come back here for a wander soon (and some more yummy street snacks).☺️
🌛🌸✨ . . . Tianzifang, Shanghai: A maze-like little place that easily maintains its charm despite being touristy. Would recommend getting lost in.
Black and white and red all over ⚪️⚫️🔴 . . . M50 Art Space is such a (not-so-hidden) gem. Spending the afternoon wandering around it’s winding alleys and popping into galleries and cafes. Surprisingly, it’s not packed with tourists despite it being Golden Week. Seems like all of the people have decided to hit up a few main attractions (eg.The Bund) and not bother with the smaller ones like this. Their loss and our win!
Going up? ⬆️⬆️⬆️ . . . These elevators at Global Harbor mall (the largest shopping centre in Shanghai) felt very ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’. The entire place had a really odd and fascinating aesthetic, like a European-themed dream world full of pinks and golds. And for some reason, you can take horse riding lessons on the rooftop. In China, everything is normal.
Welcome to Realiti 🤖🌸 . . . 📍Uniwalk Mall, Shenzhen, China I don’t think I’ll ever get bored taking photos of this mall’s insane architecture.
Why don’t we paint the town pink? 🌸🌸 . . . Captured on the way to get a much needed Starbucks latte on my lunch break... I normally don’t think Starbucks is worth the high price and will happily drink cheap coffee. But for some reason it still always feels like a “treat yo self” moment to go there... and some days you totally need to treat yourself to an overpriced drink for the sake of your sanity. Anyway, I wonder what this pretty, if not slightly Pepto Bismol-esque building will be?
Faces and Places 🚶🏻♂️🏙 . . . . 📍 Huaqiang Bei Underground Mall, Shenzhen. I’ve started teaching at a new school this week and the workload has been more intensive than my previous job... so I haven’t had much time or energy to take photos. Kindergarten is generally exhausting, plus it’s been super hot and sticky outside! All of this means lack of motivation to do anything but flop down in bed after work. I’m already reminiscing about the lazy days of summer where I had more creative energy (this photo is from the summer)! But it is nice to be back in a routine again. For any of you reading who are also teachers, I hope you’ve had a good start to the semester and a restful weekend!
China, you sure know how to make a book store look nice. 📚 ✨ . . . This bookshop is hidden away on one of the upper floors of Uniwalk, Shenzhen’s behemoth of a mall (the largest in the city) in Bao’an district. Well, it’s not really hidden but the mall is so big that I always forget it’s in there. Bookstores here in China always include a selection of cute and artsy knick knacks, and if you’re lucky — a small English book section. However, they’re still working on the whole “sorting English books in alphabetical, or any discernible order” thing, so you really have to browse through them at random and hope you can find what you want!
A moment of quiet ☁️☁️☁️ . . . A dim and and cozy corner in a souvenir shop in Hoi An, Vietnam 🇻🇳
On top of the world 🏙 . . . Its taken me nearly a year of living right beside Hong Kong to finally venture up the peak. We tried once before, but changed our minds once we saw the huge line for the tram snaking back and forth between barriers and across the street. 😣 But this time, we went in the relatively early morning on a weekday and managed to beat the crowds. Okay, there was still a small crowd but in Hong Kong terms it was practically empty. And wow, I’m so glad we finally did it! The tram was surprisingly a little scary, and I tried not to think about falling backwards down the steep hill. But the views, even on a cloudy day, were more than worth it 💕
Dragonfruit Man w/ Straw Lobster Hat 🚶🏻♂️🚶🏻♂️🚶🏻♂️ Keep doing your thing, dragonfruit man. ✌️ The world needs more vitamin C and silly hats.
Bounce ⚪️⚪️⚪️ (Installation by @snarkitecture) . . . There’s always something interesting going on in Hong Kong! We’re only here for a brief night before flying to Taichung tomorrow, but we’re making the most of it and checking out the skyline light show at Victoria Harbour. We cut through the extremely fancy Harbour City mall and stumbled upon this little installation on our way there... the stark white contrasts with the rainbow lights of the nearby harbour skyline!
🌼 🌼🌼 I thought it was nice that someone would think to do something as small and cute as sticking this yellow flower into the handlebar of this bike share bicycle. (I swear I didn’t do it myself for the ‘gram! I only take credit for the noticing.)
Neon Tunnel 🏙✨ . . . More from our explorations in the underground shopping street, a new futuristic looking addition to the tech haven that is Huaqiang Bei. Here, you can browse and snack to your hearts desire without even coming up from the metro system. It’s all very ‘Shenzhen’. The bright lights sort of lure you in, tempting you to come and spend your money... but it’s also an interesting place to just window shop and check out the little art installations that are dotted around it. 👀