What’s a Shikumen?  I don’t know either.  I didn’t even know I was looking at one until Daisy told me about it.  She said I should snap some photos and blog about it.  And here I am.


what a great listener that I am.

It’s an important trait, being able to listen.  Although sometimes I feel like my mind wanders when someone is speaking. and I just nod.

But yea, at first glance I thought I was just looking at some old buildings.  And people’s laundry.  Or more like people’s under garments being shown the public eye.


But what exactly is a “Shikumen”.  This word probably doesn’t even make sense to you.  Well let me enlighten you!! With the help of wiki…

“Shikumen (Chinese: t 石庫門, s 石库门, p shíkùmén, lit. “Stone Warehouse Gate”) is a traditional Shanghainese architectural style combining Westernand Chinese elements that first appeared in the 1860s.[1] At the height of their popularity, there were 9000 shikumen-style buildings in Shanghai, comprising 60% of the total housing stock of the city,[2] but today the proportion is much lower as most Shanghainese live in large apartment buildings. Shikumen is classified as one type of lilong residences.” – wikipedia

Yeah i straight copied it from wiki.  Problem?  It’s probably easier than me typing it all out here.  Plus me filtering wiki just means you will be wasting your time because you won’t be able to understand it anyways.

Yeah..spent about 15 minutes here…..coool…ahha.

I should really be more enthusiastic.  Just come and look at it…at least once ok!??!?!

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