Weekend Cat Blogging: Cats of China

This weekend, we visit the cats of my recently concluded trip to China.

Suzhou is renowned for its silk. The climate is particularly suited to silkworm cultivation (though one would not think so given the freezing temperatures during this trip), and the city has long been a center for both production and craft. Cats are a common motif on the “two-sided” embroidered silk paintings of Suzhou:

Outside the Suzhou Number One Silk Factory, I encountered this stray cat running through the parking lot.

Cat in Suzhou, near the Number One Silk Factory

In Shanghai, I saw this cat in a clothing shop on Dingxi Road:

Dingxi Road is a commercial street in an outer neighborhood, not far from Zhongshan Park and completely devoid of foreigners. The shops that line the street cater to local residents, and the clothing shop where I encountered the cat was no exception. I think the shop’s owner was surprised and delighted to encounter a foreigner – and more surprisingly, a scruffy “white guy” – who was interested in cats. On the other hand, I think the cat was a bit annoyed by the attention and would prefer to sleep:

Some things are the same everywhere.

We are spanning continents, as Weekend Cat Blogging #190 hosted by Kashim at Paulchens FoodBlog in Vienna.

In the far away state of Florida, Pet and the Bengal Brats host the Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos.

The Carnival of the Cats will be hosted this weekend by the House Panthers (of which Luna is a member).

And of course the Friday Ark is at the modulator.

12 thoughts on “Weekend Cat Blogging: Cats of China

  1. Pretty kitties, but not as pretty as Luna. That silk painting is very pretty. The kitty in the clothing store looks pretty young, especially in the second picture.

    I’m glad you’ve been reunited with Luna.

  2. Thanks for letting me know about your Cats of China! The first one really does look just like me! Maybe I have a Chinese relative…

    Purrrrrrrrs, China Cat

  3. Wow, that is very exciting to see pictures of China and pictures of Chinese cats, too! I love the the pictures of those gardens the most. I would like to have a garden like that. I bet Coco and I would just hang out there all day if we had a nice garden like the humble administrator.
    Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

  4. How cute! I was in Chengdu last November and saw some dogs but no cats 🙁 And when I went back home, Au wouldn’t speak to me. Do your fuzzies talk to you when you come back or do they cut you dead?

    Gong Xi Fah Cai!

  5. Gong Xi Fah Cai!

    Actually, Luna is sitting my lap and purring as a type this. She has been very forgiving of both the trip and the construction.

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