Saturday, July 17, 2010

China Alley Shopping

In Beijing and Shanghai we found some of the most quaint shops down historic, cobblestoned alleys.

Here Mayor Bogaard feasts his eyes on something fascinating in a Shanghai alley shop window. It was drizzling that day.

There are also plenty of open-air markets and services, such as these in Beijing:

The photos above were shot by Fred Alcantar, chairman of the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee.


Petrea said...

I've read a bit about the alleys and historic districts--did you find that they had been fixed up for tourists quite a bit, or did they seem authentic? Your photos look interesting.

pasadenapio said...

Some were improved for western sensibilities, such as the one in the top photo, and others were very rustic.