English maps, Chinese maps, beautiful maps and no maps

Google has been offering a Chinese map of Shanghai for quite some time. Not at maps.google.com but at ditu.google.com. Ditu, 地图, is the Chinese expression for map.

Now I stumbled upon a new, English one:

It doesn’t only show the public transportation but also restaurants, banks, cinemas, theaters, … Here an example of the area around Nanjing Lu:

But the most beautiful maps of Shanghai come from edushi (E都市, E-City):

Bund, Pudong and Old City

Bund, Pudong and Old City (lower left)

Hongkou Stadium and Lu Xun Park

Hongkou Stadium and Lu Xun Park

They have already covered many Chinese Cities and seem to want more.

So why Yahoo, why, why, why don’t you make maps, buy maps or allow the use of one of the above mentioned ones in flickr?

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Watch the video here.

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Lamp

The only thing I bought. Very useful. And only 32 Yuan (+ 2,90 Yuan for the bulb).

Wood and food

Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant

We just said we want something without meat and something with. I always said yes when the man, seemed to be the owner, asked about tofu, corn, etc. as I eat all of them. I never intended to order all the things… A great deal too much food for two persons and not as cheap as it could have been. But very delicious.

Chinese restaurant

For they know not what they do

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

Ok, better than this.

Hongkou

Match your bedding to your dress. Or the other way round.

Hongkou

Better than living food.

Hongkou
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Hongkou night

Women Hospital

Women Hospital

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

My barber’s. We think the sign says they will reopen on April 30th.

Hongkou

As usual: We know many characters but have no clue about their meaning in combination.

Hongkou

My street.

Hongkou

The house on the other side.

The 3 Kingdom Restaurant

Korean restaurant

The upper thing was also yellow, I have no idea why it’s green on the pictures.

Korean restaurant

Every table has its own fume hood and barbecue grill.

Korean restaurant

So many people are running around in the restaurants but no one takes care of your clothes. You always have to put them over your chair. I did it and then someone came and put this thing over my coat to “protect” it. Weird.

Korean restaurant

Free appetizers.

Korean restaurant

Gou rou, dog meat. No one wanted to order it and I only eat dogs when I can kill them myself. :-P

Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant

A waitress cooked the vegetables at another table, away from the meat.

Korean restaurant

The barbecue was changed very often. The waitresses came with a new one, put the meat on it and took the used one away.

Korean restaurant

Korean cutting the meat.

Korean restaurant

You eat the things wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

Korean restaurant

No idea why our Koren friend poured her tea in her rice.

Korean restaurant

Dessert

Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant

Air conditioning with jet engine

Korean restaurant

Cleaning

Just a little bit

Chinese restaurant

My vegetarian food didn’t even comply with the Chinese definition as I could spot the meat easily. The waitress said it’s just “a little bit” but they finally cooked the dish again.

Chinese restaurant

Mifan. I could eat tons. And I begin to understand why Chinese like it that much.

Chinese restaurant

Waitresses standing around. As all Chinese restaurants this one also had personnel en masse.

Just around the corner

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

Old and new. The World Financial Center.

Hongkou
Hongkou

I think my house is the second one on the right. (Update: Ok, it’s not.)

In Heping Park, again

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

No idea what the man’s doing there. He was holding on to the shrub in a weird position without moving.

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

My bike outside.

dB(A)

Noise

Under 70: Hao.

Noise

Over 70: Bu hao.

Getting my hair cut

With a picture of me after I had gotten my hair cut in Germany, I finally went to the barber’s. Usually it only takes about ten to fifteen minutes but this time I spent almost an hour there. For 38 Yuan (about 3,60 Euro) I got my hair washed, a head massage and a haircut.

Barbers

Then the barber (r.) wanted the washing guy to take a picture of him and me and I took one of them.

Barbers

I got the hair wash and the massage on the front chair on the left but had to go to the back to wash out the shampoo.

Barbers

The lights were already turned off when I left around midnight but when they realized that I’m taking a picture they turned them on again:

Barbers

Sunday morning, Heping Park

Heping Park

Tai chi?

Heping Park
Heping Park

Many people take their birds for a walk and hang them in the trees. Good for the sound, not so good for the birds, I assume. But if they’re always in the small cages then the new environment might be a welcome change.

Heping Park
Heping Park

Sunday morning, Heping Park
Notice the old man at the beginning. He’s pushing his wheelchair. Seems to be some kind of hobby amongst older people. I see one or two of them per week.

Heping Park

107 Yuan

Pizza

But very good and enough for two meals.

Heping Park

Heping Park
Heping Park

What looks like a playground is a place where grown-ups exercise.

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

View to Rainbow City 2.

Heping Park
Heping Park

And now with rain

Hongkou

Here’s the scene without rain. I haven’t been at the noodle man’s since I found out about the oil. And I also haven’t seen him. Where did he go?

Bad smell

Yesterday I bought noodles at the noodle man’s. But the noodle man himself wasn’t there so another one cooked them. When I put the empty box in my trash bin it started to smell very bad. Like animal oil. It didn’t help to open the window, I had to get rid of the thing. No more noodle man for now.

Cables

Shinla Levain

Our usual table was taken so we chose another one and Ouwen found himself sitting on a bunch of cables. He said he could even see some copper…

Preserve the noodle man

Hongkou

Small shops and cookshops in front of Rainbow City 2. The urban planners want to see more modern compounds here. When will they start building? And what will happen to our beloved noodle man?