stroll around over the see...
stroll around over the see side boulevard in the evening. The old, monumental buildings are pretty well litt up (not the usual Chinese abundancy) and the massive crowds are fun to watch.
While staying in Shanghai the first time, it was during National Day. The broad avenues and the Boulevard where absolutely packed with Chinese families and school classes visiting the regional capital. One could literally walk over the heads of the millions of people gathering in the streets. Very impressive, especially since i didn't feel threatened for a moment by those massive crowds. In Shanghai, I had my first meeting with country side (local) Chinese. Walking with a few friends over the boulevard was an attraction to them, which was ofcourse strange to us. It took almost half an hour for a Chinese family to take a picture of their children with these tall, white, foreigners since the kids where frightened to death.
The smaller shops!
The smaller shops are very good value and you will find want you want by hunting around! Fresh produce to cold drinks including beer and smokes....ya! You could pay 8rmb for a big bottle of beer and 9rmb for a packet of double happiness 20's, now that's fantastic value!!
Wow, Amazing, COOL !!!!!
What is the best restaurant in Shanghai ??? Laris, T8, Jade 36 ????? T8 is without a doubt is in the running !!!! Located in the chic French Concession, this place is a bit hard to find, but once you find it it well worth the trip here !!!!!! Try to ask for a table downstairs where you can see the open kitchen work it's magic. The menu is short and sweet, the wine list long but simple. The price's are on par with other high end restaurants in Shanghai, and the food is to die for !!!!! Upstairs feels like a private club, less noise, and the service is perfect. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT !!!! check out the web site for the full menu !!!!!
Update May 2009:
To many this is Shanghai's best resturant...and it's hard to argue.....but just like everywhere else in Shanghai the prices have gone thru the roof....Charged 120 RMB about $18 US dollars for a bottle of water...I don't know what it is with these places charging so much for a bottle of water, but that left me with a bad taste....
The food continues to be good and the service excellent, would go again, but don't order WATER !!!!!!
Site of the 1st congress of the CCP
This museum (free entry) gives an outline of this meeting and the events that led up to it.
Mao Zedong was one of the main players. For those interested in Chinese history, it's worth a look, although some of the commentary is not especially objective.
SHANGHAI CHINA HERE WE COME
"Flying economy from Seoul to Shanghai"
We were leaving Seoul to travel to Shanghai China the day following the nuclear test in North Korea. We arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare. We went to the Presidents Club to relax and have some coffee.
About an hour before boarding time we went to the gate to make sure everything was alright and on time. We had bulkhead seats that gave me plenty of leg room. There was a travel group aboard the plane that we wereing red vests and red hats. It did not look like they had ever traveled before. They couldn't figure out how to get into the rest rooms, nor could the figure out how to get out of the restrooms. They also couldn't figure out how to lock the door behind them either. My great bulkhead seats were right next to 4 bathrooms. It was a grueling trip.
"WELCOME TO SHANGHAI"
We arrived in Shanghai and once you leave the airport you realize how many people there are in China. The roads were packed full of vehicles with the majority of them being taxi's. The lines in the highway seem to mean nothing as the drivers cross over them, ride the middle of them, and even push other vehicles out of the way by being very pushy. The one thing that I did notice is that the people did not get upset with all of this crazy driving. I would think about what words would be flying if they drove like this in New York. We arrived at our Hotel after an hour and half drive. My knuckels were white from holding on during the ride.
"A GREAT CITY"
Shanghai offers so many things. There area of interest, areas to eat, and areas to shop. We found ourselves at Confussious Temple, the Imperial Garden, a visit to the Harbor for Tea, some shopping in the Bund, a show and dinner, and a lot of culture always around you.
There were many places that we visited that were hundreds of years old. We even visited the silk factory where I finally learned how silk was made.
This was a great trip and I enjoyed the cultural differences. The biiggest concern that I leave Shanghai with is, the wish that these people be treated as royally as we were treated in their country.
Next Stop Beijing!