An odd tip (more of a warning!)
There are many things i adore about bustling Shanghai, but this is not really the reason for me writing this tip. This picture (of yours truly) reminded me of the amount of times people stared at me all the time i was either sat on public transport, or just walking along the street. People are fascinated by the fact you are different.
This would not have surprised me normally, but a friend from the hostel i was staying in told me that many people you see in Shanghi are experiencing their first time in the city - and therefore almost certainly their first time to see a foreigner. Shocking! Its a point that i completely didnt think about.
This picture was actually taken by a friendly chinese family, who took it in return for me posing with their young son in a photo. They were so happy to have a photo with me in it! I can safely say it will probably be the first and last time (bar my mum) that someone wants to have a photo of me especially!
A need for silk, cotton or some other cloth?
If you want to buy cloth; silk, cashmere, satin or something completely different, go to DongJiaDu cloth market. There are several dozens of stalls selling all the colours and materials you need to make the curtains in your living room, a suit for your husband or bedclothes to your bed. The whole street is full of cloth shops and stalls but the actual hall of cloth stalls is are near at the ZhongShan Rd and DongJia Du Rd's junction on the left side. UPDATE 24APR 2006 on Shanghai Forum was said that this place has moved to It's 399 Lujiabang Lu. Near the old location.
The shopkeepers speak a little English, but pocket calculator, pen and paper and gestures usually convey the message. There are tailors that can make you the item you want with the material you want by your instructions. A word of warning: check the quality of the tailor in beforehand if possible. Also Check the material every time you buy something.
Stall number 53 had (year 04) had a good tailor (kitchen curtains) but another stall (living room curtains) was not good (patters printed on the cloth did not match in the pair of curtains I bought...so ALWAYS check the quality!) Cloths! Just an example: I paid for a metre of pure silk 55 yuan. Yes, it required a lots of bargaining.
The warm welcome from the waiters and waitresses let you feel like coming home. Should try the 'Wu Gu Cha', a northern China's special kind of tea or dare to challenge your stomach with the local spirits up to 58% of alcohol! The most interesting part is, when they serve you the main course with a pot of steamboat, at least 2 waiters will greet you in a very unforgetable way. Do surf their web at www.dongbeiren.com.cn Try all in a whole week if you aren't a Muslim. It's worth dining.
Today Shanghai is welknown for its modern highrise buildings. When you stand at the Bund, where the first skyscrapers were build 100 years ago, and look across the Huang Pu River you'll see the towers of modern Shanghai.
I tell you: they did not exist, when I was in Shanghai 1991. Therefore this picture is from VT-member tini58de, who visited Shanghai in 2001. Please see her fantastic Shanghai-page for more!!
Well, I have been in Shanghai again in 2005. Here you find my pic of the skyline to compare it with Christine's from 2001.
SHANGHAI - CITY ABOVE THE SEA
Formerly an unimportant fishing village, Shanghai (translated literally, "on the sea") is one of the world's largest seaports and a major industrial and commercial center of China. Shanghai is split in two by the Huangpu River, with the older town on the west bank known as Puxi and the brash new development on the east side being Pudong.
Praised as the 'Paris of the Oriental', the metropolis is displays a beautiful synthesis of both modern and traditional Chinese features. Nowadays, Shanghai attracts millions of visitors both from within China and abroad with its historical relics as well as its wide range of modern entertainment.
Since first opening to the outside world in the 19th century (a result of the expansion of foreign nations abroad) and, more recently, reopening to the outside world (after the period of upheaval of the Cultural Revolution), Shanghai has become China's most energetic and cosmopolitan city. Today's Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour.
Known as "the Oriental Paris", Shanghai is a shopper's paradise. One of the musts for tourists is Nanjing Road. Huaihai Road intrigues those with modern and fashionable tastes, while Sichuan North Road meets the demands of ordinary folk. In addition, Xujiahui Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City, Jiali Sleepless City are thriving and popular destinations for those who are seeking to buy something special as a momento of their visit. A tourist city, Shanghai attracts travelers from both home and abroad because of its commercial activity rather than for its scenic beauty.