Nu Ren Jie (Ladies Street)

Last weekend I promised the kids I’d take them to “Ladies Street” to get new shoes and, if they were good, maybe a toy.  I had been texting my sister via Skype before we left, and the last message I saw from her was “when you get back I want you to tell me what ‘Ladies Street’ is,” so I grabbed the camera on the way out the door.

Ladies Street is a 6 or 7 story building just behind the US Embassy, about a 10 minute walk from our apartment.

Nothing says "Ladies Street" like the giant elephants at the entrance!

It has a massive faux-Apple market, lots of stalls that sell clothing, an entire floor of pottery and dishware, a massive flower market, and even a floor dedicated to golf supplies.  The market is divided into small stalls, each with its own unique stock. I can’t even imagine shopping for clothes – it must take forever to go from stall to stall to find what you need!

Ladies Street from above.

The big draw for the kids were the fish and animals in the Laitai Flower Market, though they were way more excited about the fish than the flowers.

While the kids loved the hamsters and fish, my favorite part of the day was the little guy who went potty over the drain outside of the fish stalls.  I’ve made it a point to not discuss “split pants” on this blog, because we’re hoping to get at least a few visitors here, but many kids in China still wear pants that are open in the middle, so that when they need to go, they can go wherever they are.  Another reason why I find FunDazzle so terrifying!  Very convenient for them – very gross for us.  This little guy was apparently hanging out with his dad while he worked, and when he needed to go his dad sent him over to the drain:

Lovely.

My real favorite part of the day were the puppies we saw on our way out of the market.  Tell me Travis wouldn’t be excited if I brought one of these home!

"Quigley! I am coming for you!"

I love that all of this is right down the street from us!

7 Responses to Nu Ren Jie (Ladies Street)

  1. PUPPIES!!! :)

    But… split pants? OH MY. I missed that one when I was visiting China (and I am so glad I did!!!)

  2. Hmmm.
    Thinking about this – or maybe trying not to.
    The shopping part looks pretty cool.

  3. SPLIT PANTS – amazing!! I’m learning so much from you! thanks court! and yes , the puppies are too cute!

  4. I told Meghan she clearly doesn’t follow your blog closely enough! Ladies Street is where it’s at.

  5. Ladies Street doesn’t sound nearly as scandalous as I had hoped.

  6. Gary Whitworth

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COURTNEY! THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO FOR TRAVIS AND WILL AND NAOMI! HAVE A GREAT DAY! LOVE, COLLEEN AND GARY

  7. Julie Ortiz Lauterbach

    YIKES!!!! To the split pants ;-)

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