Nearby, the trees are getting a good trim, while the the more tropically-related plants are not doing so well in the winter weather.
Trimming the trees, with spectators
Shanghai winter is not kind to the tropical plants
And the small parks that bring just a touch of color to a neighborhood have tiny statues to delight us as we walk by on the sidewalk.
Along the sidewalk
I'm looking for silk pajamas this trip and find the Jiangnan Silk Museum (and store) next to a hotel equipment store and across the street from the 3 small statues. The museum provides a good overview of the steps of the silk production process and the associated store is large, with a great selection and good prices. All about a 45 minute walk from People's Square.
Jiangnan silk museum
Walking back, I find a guard cat protecting someone's bicycle. Later on, a different guard cat is off the job and, apparently, not afraid of being stepped on (as safe as the drying nuts).
Guard cat on and off the job
A little further along, a great juxtaposition of old and new shows up, the Jing'an Temple nestled between the modern city buildings. The temple is located on Nanjing Road, above Xujiahui, about 45 minutes (3.4 km/2.1 miles) from People's Square. The Jing'an Temple is a Buddhist temple, first build in 247AD and relocated to its current site in 1216. During the cultural revolution, the temple was turned into a plastics factory, but returned to serve as a temple in 1983. It fits perfectly into the modern structures that surround it.
Fast food here
Bottled water delivery vehicle
Lunch for four