Friendship Store - Not Worth a Visit
Our guidebook recommended this shop as a place to buy fixed price souvenirs, so we decided to check it out. However, we were extremely disappointed. When we visited the store was hot and a bit stale smelling, and there were very few customers.
Some of the offerings included clothes, embroidered artwork, jade carvings, paintings, books and t-shirts. Everything was vastly overpriced. For example, the t-shirts were priced 2-3 times higher than those at the local markets.
About the only good thing I can say about the place is that there is a Starbucks on the first floor, so you could stop there for a rest if needed.
For souvenirs, stick to the shops around the old town, even with minimal bargaining you will pay far less than at the friendship store. Cultural Artwork, Clothes, Souvenirs T-shirt -US$20
Embroidered screen - US$500+
Traditional Chinese Dress - US$150+
A great italian cousine in the center of Shanghai
Just ran into this place while wandering around Fuzhou street... It's a great little restaurant (3 of them in the city) with small, but excellent italian cousine... I really think they either have an italian chef or a really good italian recipe. Moderately expensive, about 30 RMB for great service. Spaghetti bolognese were excellent! They didn't have lasagne when I was there, but that is definately my next choice :)
The famous Chinese Circus
The Circus was a complete surprise to me.
I heard about it through another traveller, and decided to check it out. Getting there was a little difficult, because it is quite a venture into the outskirts of the main city. But it all proved completely worth it!!!
I went to a show on saturday at 7.30pm, and i believe this is when most shows take place.
Tickets are very reasonably priced, and when i was there, there were a fair few empty seats dotted about.
The show included acrobats, fire torch juggling, motorbikes, hundreds of doves, and plenty more besides. Truly breath-taking!!
I really recommend the circus, it is a very pleasant and enjoyable evenings entertainment.
This charming building, built in 1784 by cotton merchants, only became a teahouse in the 19th century. It's located in the Old Town district of Shanghai outside the Yu Yuan Garden and is very popular with Chinese tourists who walk along the zigzag bridge as the bridge protects the building from evil spirits as they can't turn corners.