Today I headed out to visit a few market areas in Shanghai. First stop, the Yuyan Market, which was in some really nice buildings, selling all sorts of strange items:
Later I made my way to Tianzing Feng, which was a bunch of funky shops and eating places in the back warrens of Shanghai’s (former) French Concession:
That evening I wen to see the famous Shanghai Circus World acrobats. It was an amazing show.
Oh, and I also figured out a way to get all of the people who were hounding me on the street to go with them to a “lady bar”. Turns out all I need to do is record our conversation on my iPhone, and they run away!
I learned today that Shanghai took in over 20,000 Jews during WWII. Remember those boats of Jews that had nowhere to go? Some of them came here.
I visited their old synagogue today (pictured above) and they had a directory… And there were 6 Honigs here from Austria!
I don’t recall any stories of Uncle Isak or Aunt Berta who knew their way around a wok, but surely we must be related, right?
They didn’t stay here long. After WWII ended, almost all of Shangai’s Jews departed for Israel or the US. As Nol so aptly put it “ten minutes later they were hungry for another country”
Didn’t have too much time on my first day in Shanghai, but did squeeze in a walk along the Bund.