HUGE SHOPPING PLACE but where is the garden
When i first came here many years ago, there were less shops, and it was smalller - today it is just a huge tourist place to shop shop shop and you be so lost - you may not even find the garden!!!! becos there is hardly any signage in english...
fortunately when i first came to Shanghai it was less crowded...so it was easy for me to get to the beautiful garden.
It is actually very closed to the little lake with a funny pink zig zag bridge... like many many ohter chinese gardens famous in Suzhou, Hangzhou etc...this is something small small...but pretty
California Club. A famous...
California Club. A famous up-market club located in Park 97, claim to be frequent visit place for Hong Kong celebrities. However, it was closed when I visited there on Jan/2002. If you know where they moved to or why it closed, please email me!
Nice restaurant, friendly staff...poor food!
I visited Sichuan Restaurant one evening during a visit to Shanghai in May 2008.
This large, brightly lit, local restaurant is located on Nanjing Road West, close to the metro station of the same name.
Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted by a couple of staff who enquired whether I wanted BBQ food or Sichuan food. I opted for the latter and I was led upstairs to the second floor, passing the first floor which was devoted to BBQ cuisine. The second floor dining room was cavernous, with dozens of neatly laid tables, but was almost empty. By contrast, the first floor BBQ dining area was fairly busy with diners.
The menu was not particularly extensive and the available dishes could easily be displayed on a two page menu. The choice included a handful of shrimp, chicken, beef and pork stir fries, a range of dishes cooked in bean curd sauce and a selection of lighter snacks such as steamed buns, wantons, noodles and fried rice.
The restaurant certainly looked the part, and the staff were very friendly, but I have to say that the food was pretty awful. This was without doubt one of the worst meals that I have ever experienced during my travels. I opted for:
Shrimps in salt egg sauce - Cost: 46 Yuan / 4 GBP
This dish was dreadful. When it first arrived, in a tin foil covered dish, I thought it was a complimentary dip or perhaps a soup. It was orange/red in colour and there was vast quantities of tofu floating in it.
I waited a while for my main course to arrive, but when nothing was forthcoming, I established that this was the main dish. I fished around in the depths of the dish, but my attempts to locate even a single shrimp were unsuccessful.
The dish was lukewarm, and the overriding taste was one of salt. I managed only a couple of mouthfuls, and even that was a struggle!
Fried noodles - Cost: 12 Yuan / 1 GBP
Thankfully, I had also ordered a portion of noodles to accompany my main dish.
These noodles (heavily saturated in soy sauce and containing chicken, bean sprouts and spring onion) were nothing special, but they were at least served in a large portion and so constituted a main dish in themselves. I ate the whole plateful and my hunger was at least satisfied.
2 x bottles of Tsingtao Draft - Cost: 15 Yuan / 1.40 GBP per 600ml bottle
Is it possible to have bottles of “draft” beer? Is that not a contradiction in terms? Either way, they were nice and cold and certainly better than the food!
A large restaurant on Nanjing Road West. My Sichuan food was pretty awful, but the restaurant’s more popular BBQ area might offer better fare. Not recommended.
The Yuyuan Gardens
The Yuyuan Gardens are a tranquil 5-acre oasis in central Shanghai. The gardens were built in the 1500s by the family of a Ming Dynasty official and have been damaged (Opium Wars, Taiping Rebellion, World War II) and rebuilt several times since then.
The Gardens are divided by walls into a number of sections, all of which are different. Many of the sections feature historic buildings, with well-preserved interiors, while other sections feature ponds. It takes about an hour to walk through all of the sections, and is well worth the effort.
One of the world's most glamorous and cosmopolitan centers, Shanghai is now the world's tenth largest city with a population of over 13 million. Located on the mid-eastern coastline of Mainland China, much of the city's charm and historic architecture still survive. The Bund, a promenade between the Wusong River and The Old Town, bears testimony to Shanghai's importance early in the century. The Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art. It is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy. Jade Buddha Temple, which houses two rare Buddha images carved from white Burmese jade, is also very famous. Other wonderful attractions include Yu Garden and the Jazz Band at the Peace Hotel.
Shanghai is famous not only for its successful metropolitan feature and rich humanistic resources but also for a number of tourist attractions with modern flavor that have been developed in recent years. They include Jin Mao Building, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, pedestrians' street on Nanjing Road and the XinTianDi.
Shanghai is also a paradise for gourmets. There are over a thousand restaurants serving the famous sixteen styles of Chinese food, such as Beijing, Sichuan, Guangdong, Yangzhou, Fujian etc. There are also French, Russian, Italian, English, German, Japanese, Indian and other kinds of foreign flavored cuisine, genuine Muslim food and vegetarian food. In Shanghai you can have a taste of all the different kinds of food in the world.
Having been an important commercial hub for almost a century, the city is now expanding rapidly with the development of the Pudong area. Visitors can find a wide range of goods produced locally or from all over China.