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C4鈥?Jing鈥檃n                                                                                                           Tuesday 27 March 2018鈥?Shanghai Daily

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Moments of March

1. West meets East                     3. Cherry blossoms                    meter roof of the shed, which has    5
                                                                             102 bike-parking spots. The solar    6
A group of foreigners gathered         Spring is here, and it鈥檚 time to      panels are expected to generate      7
at a grassroots cultural center in     revel in the annual display of        30,000 kilowatt-hours of power a
Pengpu Town earlier this month to      cherry blossoms.                      year. It costs 1 yuan (16 US cents)
celebrate the traditional Chinese                                            to charge a bike for four hours.
Lantern Festival.                         Jing鈥檃n Sculpture Park has turned
                                       into a sea of pink as cheery trees       鈥淢any residents complained to
   Samba dancers from Brazil           bloom, with a 100-meter-long lane     me that they had nowhere to park
performed at the event and local       tunneling through the flowers.        and charge their e-bikes,鈥?said
residents showed overseas stu-                                               local official Cao Weizhong. 鈥淪o
dents how to make the holiday             Cu rrently, Kawazu-za k u ra       we decided to use an abandoned
favorite tangyuan, or glutinous        cherry blossoms are in their peak.    space in the neighborhood to build
rice balls wrapped around a sweet      The popular Yoshino cherry trees      a solar-powered shed.鈥?or salty stuffing.                     should flower in early April and
                                       last two weeks.                          According to the local govern-
   To add some exotic flavor, they                                           ment, the project will be expanded
even tried replacing the tradi-           The park is from 6am to 9pm,       across the town.
tional sesame paste filling with       from November to April, 5am to
chocolate.                             10pm from May to October, and         6. Longtang games
                                       there is no admission fee.
   Artist George Kaye, from New                                              Today鈥檚 children like to play
York, designed a dog-shaped            4. Robot competition                  electronic gadgets at home, but
lantern to celebrate the Lantern                                             their parents and grandparents
Festival and also mark the Year of     Five students from Zhabei Success     remember the days when play
the Dog. He used bamboo and red        Education Experimental Primary        involved outdoor games in the
paper to craft the lantern.            School won the Roborave Asia          longtang, or alleys, in old shiku-
                                       2018 contest held in Beijing.         men neighborhoods.
   鈥淭hey are very culturally dis-
tinctive,鈥?he said of the holiday         First-grader Yu Junxi and             To revive that memory, the
lanterns. 鈥淭hey are made with very     fourth-graders Tang Xicheng, Zou      Caojiadu Community organized
flexible materials. Thus, every        Xize, Zeng Zichen and Zhu Ruijin      a series of traditional longtang
joint of the dog can move like a       stood out from among 1,500 Asian      games, including hopscotch, kick-
toy.鈥?                                 primary school students compet-       ing the shuttlecock and rubber
                                       ing in assembling and controlling     band skipping.
2. Shanghai鈥檚 Hollywood                robots.
                                                                             7. Holiday Food
A center for the production of            Roborave Asia is a branch of
films and television series will be    RoboRAVE International, a com-        With the April 5 Qingming Festi-
built in the Daning area, according    petition for teams of school-aged     val nigh, time-honored Wangjiasha
to the district government,            children founded 15 years ago in      eateries are busy making the tra-
                                       the US.                               ditional festival food qingtuan, or
   The center will include studio                                            green rice balls.
sets, production facilities, special-  5. E-bike shed
ized workshops apartments and                                                   They are made with mugwort
hotels. It will focus on film and      The Yonghe Ercun residential          juice, glutinous rice and sweet-
television, digital content and cre-   complex in Pengpu Town has            ened bean paste. Wangjiasha鈥檚
ative design work.                     turned an abandoned area into a       flagship shop on Nanjing Road
                                       solar-powered e-bike shed.            W. is expected to sell 2.5 million
   The project is being jointly de-                                          qingtuan in one month.
veloped by the district government        Some 120 solar panels have
and the Shanghai Media Group.          been installed on the 265-square-


                                                                                                                  Some photos by Jiang Xiaowei and Song Fuhu
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