After visiting the Catholic Church in SheShan Mountain, the girls and I headed for a nature walk. Not knowing where the paved path would lead us, we just started walking.The walk was beautiful. Clean air and greenery everywhere. The atmosphere was quiet, peaceful, & calming. It felt like spring instead of winter. We didn’t see any animals but we could hear the birds chirping in the distance.
One of the paths led to nowhere. A second path led to a roof top. We had to chuckle at this one especially after climbing the stairs. The third path we took led to a locked gate. We had to back track the path back and as we were exiting the area we saw a sign. I took a picture to share with Allison our translator. The sign said the trees were maturing and no admittance.
Great times exploring and cement hiking in Shanghai –
A small walk way
Great viewing area from the top of the mountain
After the church visit, we started on this beautiful path. The fresh air was wonderful.
Along the way, we see this stairway up. We decided to take the stairs and see what was over that way.
Another little walk way leading no where.
This walk way led to a roof top… we laughed and wondered why we would be led to a roof top.
So at the end of the bamboo garden there’s this gate. It’s locked! Ugh.. so we had to back track to the beginning.
As we were exiting the garden we saw this sign on the ground. We had somehow missed it at first. The sign says, “Woods are nurturing, No admittance”. No wonder we didn’t see anyone else on the trail.
Going down the mountain. Again, beautiful scenery and great clean air.
The girls and I have decided to start exploring some of Shanghai‘s off the beaten path diamond’s in the rough. Our first journey took us to a Catholic church that sits at the top of SheShan mountain called Basilica of Our Lady Help Christians.
The church was first established by a French Missionary. It’s been rebuilt and expanded several times. In 1942 the pope named the SheShan Catholic Church as the Holy Palace. The church then became the Holy Land for pilgrimage of Chinese Catholics. Every May thousands flood the area and church as it becomes the destination for pilgrims who travel from all over the world to make their pilgrimage at SheShan.
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The church is beautiful and its adorned with marble and stained glass. The alter has jade built into it.
From the bottom to the first plat form there are approximately 150 steps.
We were not allowed to take photo’s inside the church.
A side entrance. I took this picture in an angle to avoid including the people kneeling in prayer.
A view from the top of the mountain.
One of 14 stations of the cross along the zig zag path.
I know, I felt a disrespectful taking this photo. I was moved to hear and see the rosary prayed in a different language. Beautiful.
A station of the Cross,
I know some will disagree with my next statement but it’s how I feel. Church is church we are brought together in worship of one God. What ever Christian denomination you are from, what ever country you live in, know that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and worship the same God. Our family is a mixed breed of Brethren and Catholic denomination. Sitting in this church was wonderful and good for the heart. My emotions took over and the year long absence of a church hit hard. Not just for me but for my 14 year old daughter as well. Words were not needed as our Chinese sister handed us some tissue with a look of compassion and understanding, and the gentle pat on the shoulder was not missed and very moving for me.
Thank you to a fellow blogger from roomaomao for the recommendation and suggestion on his blog. Great stuff, take a look and enjoy his blog as well.
This photo was taken in SheShan Sculpture Park, Shanghai. Mari, my youngest daughter wrote in the sand, Mari, Moni, & Mom. Monica, then enclosed it with a heart shape. The shadow figures are my girls and once again they were holding hands. I’m not sure that they realize they hold hands quite often. These two young ladies share a sisterly bond that I’ve not seen before. It started with Moni crawling into the crib and sleeping next to Mari as a baby to today where they each have their own room but can’t seem to sleep apart.
Our new found love, fruit smoothies made with fresh oat milk. We followed a recipe found on Veganlovlie’s Blog for making the Oat Milk for our fruit smoothies. I’ll admit, I was hesitant and not sure what this would taste like but part of our recipe adventure is to try new things. While reading through the site and other sites, we did find there is a health benefit to drinking this type of Milk vs. cow milk.
Strain the first time to catch the large oat clumps
Strain a second time through a cloth to catch all the little oat particles
Squeeze out the milk
Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days
To make the smoothies, add fruit to the blender
Add the oat milk
A word of caution: I found that the Oat Milk did not work too well to make scrambled eggs. I couldn’t get the consistency right and while cooking the eggs, the eggs were watery and not very attractive.
Our translator, friend, & Chinese daughter (a daughter in our hearts and to many of us) received her official wedding certificate on December 24th. Xiaopei and Frank started their wedding celebration with a reception for the American‘s (us) on January 26th. The newly weds will travel for a 2nd reception with her family in Jiangsu Province followed by a 3rd reception in Henan Province. A traditional tea ceremony will be held in Franks home where Xiaopei will serve his family tea using a serving set that details a dragon and a phoenix.
Family – Mom, Dad, & Auntie
Auntie and Xiaopei
Mom and Daughter
Xiaopei & Frank
Xiaopei and Frank honored us by having a reception for their American friends. Us. Xiaopei was curious about our western culture and the ceremony practices that we westerners have. In honor of the wedding couple, Mike had a special blessing for them where he shared 1 Corinthians 13 & Ephesians 5: 22-25.
Mike is getting ready to start the blessing. Allison will be interpreting the blessing.
She said, “I will”.
You may now kiss your bride.
Following the small ceremony/blessing, we were treated to a very nice meal with an array of dishes. The dishes were colorful and the presentation was beautiful. The dishes were placed on a very large lazy susan that circled the flower arrangement in the center of the table. The following is an example of the dishes presented during the dinner.
Fish in a sweet & sour sauce
A table for 20
Beef & Onions
A table for 20 – With a beautiful variety of dishes.
Through out the evening we had a toast after toast honoring the bride and groom, parents, and guest. An all too familiar Captain Morgan and Tequila joined the beverage selection to be enjoyed by all.
This was a great night enjoyed by everyone. A huge thank you to the bride and groom for treating us to a beautiful dinner. Thanks to Tim & Ed, for hosting the after party. Most of all, we give thanks to our Lord for our great friends that are now part of our family. Without them, living in China would not be as enjoyable. Life is good and we are very blessed!
When was the last time you used a Telephone booth? I personally can’t remember the last time I used one. In Shanghai, the booths are still around and some are still actual pay phones. However, there are over 500 former telephone booths that have been converted into WiFi hot spots.
A great innovative way of keeping the phone booth around.
A small glimpse at a few construction workers in the area. Fearless must be the word to describe them as they work without any kind of harness or any kind of personal safety gear. I’ll admit that my stomach did a flip-flop when I saw how close they were standing to the edge. Yikes!
For all my OSHA guru friends, is this in compliance?
A lot could be said when looking at these pictures. However, given the location and where I’m at. It’s best to keep it simple, clean, & positive.