LU JIA ZUI FINANCIAL ZONE (PU DONG): this is where China future lies!
Imagine stepping into one of the largest & highest growing economy in the world. Then think of all the $$$ - involved in capturing the world's economic resources to finance all the growth in this 1 billion + pop. economy. That's a force the world has to reckon with one day in the near future!
Better than expected
I didn't use public transportation in Shanghai, and only used the bus in a couple of short trips, but found the traffic much more organized and fluent than expected.
Much people, of course, but not the mess seen in the films; some narrow streets, yes, but also many large avenues where the traffic seems to flow in an intense but efficient sequence.
Incorrect idea, born from a quick observation? Maybe! But my general idea about Shanghai's traffic was very positive.
best of fine dining
we were planning to visit M on the Bund, and stumbled on Three on the Bund instead. It is across from M, and on the same road.
Three on the Bund is very very interesting complex of several levels of fashionable restaurants, and Evian spa (the only one i know outside France) and a barber.
The ground floor has Armani boutiques, a wine shop etc, and the floors above is just amazing. You have top notch chefs Laris and Jean Georges, and a funky Whampoa Club restaurants, and several others. The cupola of the building is also the most discreet dining place.... we did not get there, but i was told it seats only very few diners due to its constraint size.
I was told it belonged to one GT group!!! At Jean George, the decor is a bit too dark for my liking. The bread rolls are really good...on that day it was rye with dark cherry. it was crusty and chewy. And for 188 rmb, you can have 3 course lunch from plenty to choose.
We tried several signature dishes, including brulee foie grass on champagne jelly, crabcake etc. A very very enjoyable lunch indeed!!! desserts are worth noting - they have chocolate temptaions, tropical ones, etc. I had chocolate which came with frothy milk with peanuuty flavoiur, a rich molten chocolate muffin which had warm flowing chocolate as you dig in, and the best rum and banana ice cream. Lets put it this way...no way can you dine in a
Jean-Georges Vongeritchten, darling of the world culinary set.
at this alarmingly cheap prices....GO GO GO and feast more
Venice of China
Hour and a half outside Shanghai you get one of their major tourist attraction - Zhou Zhang. This ancient town covers 13 hectares of private land since the 9th century. For the past 9oo years it has grown into the flourishing water town that you see today.
Here you get to see the authentic buildings and faces of the locals. Although the locals now caters to the growing insurgance of tourist, it still manage to maintain it's charm and tranquility.
When there, you should enjoy the boat rides around the town. Also, take the opportunity to purchase artworks from the local artist. It's much cheaper than those found in the city.
Shanghai, where buildings soar high
"a city growing fast"
Like Hong Kong, the skyline of Shanghai keep changing fast. Eight years ago, I went to Shanghai for the first time and could only find the Oriental Pearl tower standing lonely in a wide expanse of flat land.
In September 2003, I visited the place again, and was amazed to see so many buildings standing tall on the waterfront, almost dwarfing the landmark Tower somewhat. Visitors need to go to the upper viewing decks for better aerials of the city now.
Anyway, buildings you see in this picture include the low dove-wing shaped adjacent block of the Convention Centre, with flanking its two global structures on both sides of a rectangular main building with Greek-style columns. Not further on is the famous JinMou Building which is known to attract the French spider-climber, but was actually first climbed up by a Chinese. In a year's time, the highest building in Shanghai will be erected next to it, which will give Pudong a much more crammed sight further.
"what a resemblance to Hong Kong"
Here in a closeup of the Pudong area. Doesn't the dove-wing resemble the top curves of the Hong Kong Convention Centre? The middle deck on the Pearl Tower is dwarfed by surrounding buildings.
"meanwhile along the Bund"
The tall buildings in Pudong area give a striking contrast to the line-up of the grand old buidings on the Bund, which retain their feel of nostalgic charm and static beauty. Here with a refurbished green top, the building of the Peace Hotel stand proudly next to the China Bank Building.