take in the sounds of LuXun park
Saturdays at LuXun park...singing, card playing, dancing, more people singing, exercise competitions by the very old and very young. There are boats to rent for a short cruise on the lake for a fee, blow-up slides for the kids and a small carousel and other rides for young kids from between 5-10 rmb per ride. Entrance to the park is free. Built in 1950, it has quaint bridges, rockeries and mature foliage. Lots of places to hide away on a park bench or on a rock by the stream. There are lots of people there, so you are never alone, but it's beautiful and small enough that you don't walk have to walk for hours to see the whole thing. The funniest part was one plaza where a dozen people had set up their karaoke machines and were trying to out sing each other on their microphones. My kids and I enjoyed watching the 60-70 year old men doing tricks on the bars. My 9 year old son had an adlib competition with similar aged Chinese girl doing pull-ups on the bar. With our 6 kids we were still mobbed everywhere we went. It is not a touristy spot though, and we were not being constantly asked to buy things. It was a beautiful walk in the park. I'm so sorry I didn't take my camera.
The taxi is a easy and conveinient way around, but with vast amount of traffic and little road rules you are in for the ride of your life, they even race each other with passengers on board, so hang on and enjoy!......lol
The Meglev Train
The 30 km (18 mile) Transrapid Meglev line a high speed transport system that links Longyang Road, Pudong woth Shanghai's Pudong International Airport in just 8 miniutes.
The Meglev line in Pudong has taken German and Chinease scientist and engineers two and half years to complete at a cost of about 10 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) and is key project in Shanghai.
Critics say that Meglev is too expensive and impractical. But if it proves successful then we may see 1250 km (770 miles) Shanghai to Beijing and 200 km (125 miles) Shanghai to Hangzhau line in future.
One way trip 50 yuan and you get a 10 yuan discount if you have flight ticket of same day.
Do see the Meglev exhibition at the ground floor of the Meglev Longyang Road station where the technology has been displayed. This exhibition is must visit for Tech freaks.
You can also change over to the metro line 2 from here to go to the downtown Shanghai.
Madame Tussauds Shanghai - Part II
The wax figures in the museum are pretty life-like, and close attention was paid to the smallest details - eg. armpit hair! See Liu Xiang's and Yao Ming's wax replicas...
Besides exhibiting the wax figures, they've got some interactive games as well. You are able to take penalty kicks, play table-tennis against Deng Yaping, have a game of chess and fight against a virtual opponent... cool.
We arrived at the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport near evening. We were first greeted by a wave of hot, suffocating wind--may be even hotter than most of what I have known in Taiwan. Due to the traffic jam, when we arrived at the real city, it was already time for supper. Afterwards, we went on a cruise ferry that took us up and down the Huangpu River. We gazed at the spectacular night scene in Shanghai at both shores. The most remarkable building, I think, was Dongfang Mingzhu (the Eastern Pearl), which shone at varying colours like a radioactive crystal ball in the night (radioactive because the light seemed to entirely come from within--there was nothing external to illuminate it).
People's accent really changed in Shanghai. At least, in Beijing and in Qingdao, I was immersed in the "courtly", real Mandarin. In Shanghai, the way Mandarin is spoken is perhaps no different than how it is in Taiwan, with a Southern, "non-standard" accent. Dishes changed too. I don't know if this is actually true, but the most common dish I saw in Beijing was yutou (taro?). Qingdao had much sea products as well as vegetables. In Shanghai, the two-legged non-human dishes dominated, with much spice or "additives".