Just below of the obelisk is the Bund Museum, where you can see pictures of yesteryears, and also how the Bund was so bustling. I found out from the museum that the people who build all those glorious buildings along the bund made their money through the Opium trade...all these drug warlords were the tycoons of those days, People like Sassoon etc made huge amount of money introducing opium to my ancestors!!!! killing many of my rich granfather, gran uncles etc.
Shanghai by Night
Shanghai by Night
Shanghai, the 'whore of the East' had its heyday in the 1920s and 30s, as a playground for the wealthy and those with money to burn. Gambling, prostitution, drinking and jazz, the list of decadent pursuits and activities was endless. This all came to an abrupt halt with the cultural revolution and the city was relatively calm for a few decades.
Today, the influx of investment, tourists and trendsetters is helping to put Shanghai back on the map as one of THE places in Asia to wine, dine and hang out. Shanghai certainly has its finger back on the pulse and the feeling and atmosphere in this city at night is captivating, addictive and exciting. While Hong Kong is generally recognized as the most fashionable city in China, Shanghai is fast catching up, and offers an arguably more selective, up to date and trendy selection of restaurants, bars and culture than its southern counterpart.
In a country where only a few years ago it was difficult to eat anything other than the national cuisine outside the major hotels, Shanghai now has a plethora of Continental and Asian restaurants, whipping up incredibly good food in great surroundings. Many of these places have award winning chefs, are fantastically designed and offer fabulous service.
The city's bar and club scene too, is stylish enough to rival that of any western city. New bars spring up every week, offering an incredible selection of watering holes for a city of this size. The bar scene is big enough to cater to all tastes too; Irish bars, German beers, cocktails and Martinis, house and garage tunes, New York soul, unique and funky Jazz are available throughout the city. Many of Shanghai's most sophisticated joints are filled every night of the week with locals and foreigners ready and willing to realize that decadent spirit again.
Yong He Dou Jiang - Beancurd
Have you tasted salted bean curd?
Instead of the usual sweeten beancurd why not give the salted ones a try. The bencurds are served in a small wooden bucket. You will have to eat from it.
Order You Tiao (fried fritters) or soya bean drink to go along with your food.
Stroll along the Bund
Stroll along the Bund (Zhongshan Road.) This tree lined promenade is along the Huangpu River. This is where the major Far East firms had their headquarters (across the street from the river.) This was the birthplace of Shanghai. It is 1 kilometer long with western style buildings dating from the early 20th century. Among the most impressive buildings are the old Hong Kong and Shanghai BankbBuilding, the clock tower of the British Customs House, and the old Shanghai Club. There are fountains and sculptures on the promenade.
Walk around other areas as well. It is an interesting city.
Pearl of the East
This skyline gave me my first impression: what a modern city, almost making me to think I was not in China anymore.
But it was the wrong first impression. Shanghai is truly chinese, combining the modernity of its early development to its ancient history.
The city is vibrating, never-stopping traffic, full of contrasts and people everywhere.
Worth to visit is its downtown, the surroundings of Nanjing street and Pudong. Well, at least what we could get to know in three short days there.
Further opportunities will surely come...