The “Face Off” the clash of...
The “Face Off” the clash of generation of the old verus the New. The co-existence of past, present and future of the Shanghai.
On the original shanghai side, situates the 19th colonial control old shanghai bound, filled with classical British architectures, an immediate sense of the glorious past. The Pu Dong side is the modern Shanghai, which spawned up almost over night. It includes much future-realistic architecture such as “Don Fang Tower” and World’s 3rd highest building “Jin Mao Tower”. The old and new are positioned face to face in a show down of history and architecture brilliance. This scenery is best experienced at night, as the climatically point after a walk on something road.
Industrial Supplies Shopping
Working on a project in Shanghai and need a part for your machine? Look on Beijing Road East (Beijing Dong Lu). There are shops selling everything from circuit breakers to gearmotors and valves. Chances are you can find it here, or they will look for you.
While you are here go into the Shanghai Electronics Market for a mind-blowing assortment of electronic components. Industrial controls, valves, screws, metal, mechanical components and much more. A 3 phase breaker that sells for $67 in the US is about $6.00 here on Beijing road.
mouthwatering Xiao Lung Bao
there's practically always a long line to wait, but it's worth it...thay say even Clinton ate here, anyway there a plate next to the entrance where there are photos of famous people eating this place. it also known that the chefs and the food gets better as you ascend the floors..we were eating second floor..and these steamed soup dumplings are the best in Shanghai! dumpling and more all kind of dumplings...you cant even realise how many you could eat..all kind...
The magnificent Yuyuan Gardens
The Yuyuan garden and bazaar is an area in Shanghai which showcases buildings that were prevalent during the Ming Dynasty. It also houses a large Chinese styled garden complete with pagodas, lotus flowers and ponds On the way to the complex you can visit their bazaar where you can buy various Chinese arts and crafts to take home. If you get tired and get hungry the place also has a few restaurants where you can get anything from Chinese food to burgers. Come early as this place is normally filled with tourists.
Shanghai Part One
"!7,000,000 people, but who's counting?"
Shanghai is one of the worlds largest cities and the major economic hub in mainland China. All China is divided into provinces but Shanghai is a special municipality consisting of a number of Districts. Although it is divided into several districts, the best known for first timers like myself are Puxi and Pudong. Pu = River, Xi = West, Dong = East.
The city has a major influences from most European Countries during the time China granted them ( or they just took ) areas of access, so the architecture is very rich and has a very unique feel to it.
Here is a picture from The Bund in Puxi of the TV tower in Pudong, Shanghai's tallest structure and possibly the largest TV tower in the world. You can go inside it and there is a restaraunt to eat in in the larger lower ball there.
Oh yes, the Chinese beer was brought over by the Germans when they had influence in China, so you will find the beer is some of the best in the world.
"Pearls, Jade and Jewelry with an Asian Flare"
Great little market in Poxi where the Bund and French concession. It was packed and pleasant and had somw very interesting shops, from bronze to jade to jewelry and so on. Great craftsmanship.
The great thing still about China is it is not full of "Big Box" stores, just mostly a number of small, unique mom and pop type stores. Don't expect to find anything quite the same, A ton of seamtresses and tailors, food markets, outdoor stalls, bootleg dvd's and cd's and world class grifters.
This is a lot of fun!
"A view of the Skyline form Puxi"
This is the "new" Old City Park. Recently built as a restoration of the - you guessed it - old city park. You can see the skyline in the background. Twenty years ago the government would have been doing the building, but nowadays it is all being financed by private capital.
These folks are all little capitalists, they may just not know it yet! The city is full of tall buildings and large construtions sights almost everywhere you look.
There is also a huge amount of light and very heavy industry as you will see when you cross a major river. The boat traffic is unbelievable. The mass transit system is very workable and puts most meropolitan areas to shame, complete with one (soon to be two) operational MagLev trains carrying passengers on a regular basis. Top speed around 250 MPH. Subways, buses and trains, even outside the city, are inexpensive.
If you live in Los Angeles forget about it. These guys have your rear end whipped.