Twenty years ago, Pudong was miles of green farmland. Today it is home to Shanghai’s financial district Lujiazui with towering skyscrapers and high rises. It also has foreign housing complexes and compounds galore. Last week we moved from the service hotel in Lujiazui to Yanlord Town Apartments in Jinqiao District, Pudong.
Most of the apartments come “furnished.” It’s actually more difficult to have a landlord remove their furnishings. Like this beautiful, ornate dining table and chairs, complete with lazy susan. I love the square mirror behind it, representing the ancient Chinese symbols of Heaven (circle) and Earth (square). But I’ve already asked for the other rectangular table sitting in the warehouse. Sorry, Mom.
Try to ignore the black upholstered bed and window coverings. I’m making a trip to the fabric market next week. We did splurge on new mattresses from Ikea.
Think doing laundry is a pain? Try doing it in 0 degrees C. Most of the apartments have outside laundry facilities. Our landlord was kind enough to have glass panes installed to shield out some of the cold. But there’s no heat.
Our driver said our kitchen is considered extremely large by Shanghai standards. He couldn’t fathom that it’s only one-sixth the size of our Herriman kitchen. Well, it may be smaller, but my kitchen is always ready to cook for you.
There are a few more bedrooms, bathrooms and a living room. But I’ll save that for another day.