It has been a comparatively restful week with only two work days, thanks to an extended break for the Qingming Festival (Tomb-sweeping Day). Of course, we had to replace the extra days with working Saturday and Sunday last week, but the rest days were sweet.
I tripped over to M50 on Wednesday evening, and still found something new in spite of my numerous visits there.
On Saturday, I met up with Nick, a new CS friend from the UK and a new resident of Shanghai, at People’s Park. Because he didn’t have a mobile phone yet, we pre-agreed on a randomly chosen exit – Exit 8 – which turned out to be a very peaceful exit at this busy interchange.
People’s Park on weekends is most famous for its “marriage market” where restless parents line trees and sidewalks with personal ads of their beloved children. On these ads are stated their gender, age, height, qualifications, income and contact information; parents will peruse these ads and take down contact numbers or meet other parents also advertising their children, hoping to find high quality spouses for their usually highly qualified but highly busy children. Needless to say, none of the kids were present.
Nick was highly amused by this sight and was especially struck by the lack of pictures in the ads. I, on the other hand, finally sated my curiosity of experiencing People’s Park’s marriage market after hearing so many stories about it in my year and a half of living in Shanghai (and thankful that my parents would never resort to selling me off this way).