It’s that time of year in Shanghai when the birds are singing, the azaleas are blooming, the expat kids get out of school and the moms take them to their home countries for the summer…and the local girls come out in their shortest shorts hoping to find their bored husbands.
I just love summer and Shanghai is having a big celebration! (I know, I know, we have one every 5 minutes for goodnessakes). It’s the 90th Anniversary of the Communist Party!! Just down the street from our house is the museum of the “1st Meeting of the Congress for the Communist Party” (not easy to remember after a few beers) so the tour buses are coming nonstop to see the wax figures of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai et al, standing around the conference table looking like they can’t decide whether to order Chinese take-out or get a foot massage. Anyway, the government has been cracking down on corruption in honor of the “standards” (and you can read as much sarcasm into those quotes as you like) created by the founders of the party in 1921.
Of course, like every holiday, there will be the firework bombings and raids and Bernie will go into hiding yet again.
Here’s the new garden sculpture erected for the celebration (it’s lovely but nothing will replace dear Haibao)