Walk along the Bund at the Waibadu Bridge
we started our journey on the Puxi side of the Bund, from the Waibadu bridge. Here is the best view you can get of the Pudong side of the Bund.
This steel bridge replaces a wooden one during early 1900s. Across from the bridge there are several old colonial building worth noting. There is good old Shanghai history of the bridge. Intially a wooden drawbridge, the bridge can be opened to let boats pass through. The builder Wills also collected toll from people and cars crossing the bridge. And people protested over it. Years on, the Shanghai Council built a free bridge side by side to the Wills bridge.
It was called Wai Bai Du Bridge from then on...which means Outer Free Ferry Bridge.
After Opera in Beijing and ethnic arts in Xi'an, our third nigh out was in Shanghai, with a good acrobatic show. It didn't add much to what we had seen before, but the movements wer perfect, absolutely secure, and the visual and musical treatment were very well conceived.
If your looking for lunch or dinner?
When you are out and about UBC is a franchise of what the local's call coffee houses, great freindly staff, very pleasant surrounding's, which serve coffee, traditional tea, lunch type food which is all on one plate rather than seperate dish's and of cource for me.........local beer's....ya!!!!!
We were lucky enough for the owner of this establishment who welcomed us with open arms ......... ......payed for all and a big thank you!!!!!!!!!! tsingtao beer.....!!.....lmao! had already had lunch!
Yuyuan Gardens were completed in 1577, but were destroyed twice in the 1800s. The gardens have been restored and although many consider them a big tourist trap, I enjoed my visit nevertheless. If you are interested in a nice example of Ming garden design, I definitely suggest you to go for a visit, too.
The Hottest Summer in Shanghai for 50 years!
The hottest weather in Shanghai for fifty years and that had to be the time when I chose to go there! It was 38 degrees Celsius in the afternoons and the Huangpu River was evaporating into the air over the city.
Like the mahjong players in the picture, I wore a vest and shorts and just enjoyed the heat!
Shanghai is a mix of old, like the Taoist temples, quite old, like the pre-war waterfront buildings on the Bund, new, like the dirty 1960s apartment blocks which cover much of the city and very new, like the futuristic skycrapers sprouting up ever higher in Pudong to create a Chinese Manhattan in what was farmland 10 years ago.
Today, Shanghai has a population of 14 million, and it's growing fast.