(date written: Oct. 16, 2006)
US$ 400 @ 7.821 = 3,128.40 Yuan
Shanghai Green Valley Villas Management Inc.
1500 Hami Road
Tel. # 86-21-62689988
Fax. # 86-21-62687008
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
The Russian consulate is conveniently located to across the old metal bridge on the side from the Bund.
If you need a tourist visa you need to take the following:
Passport, Invitation/voucher (fax copy or email print-out is ok), photocopies from the main page in the passport, the Chinese visa and the invitation. Plus if you are from a country that needs to show a medical insurance then don't forget it.
The consulate is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning. It has info on the wall outside. Be prepared to line up for several hours, so go early. They only let in about 2 people at the time. Fees can be paid in Yuan or Dollars and depend on the speed and your nationality.
A few things that will save your day when you go to Shanghai is to pick up a rudimentary beginner's guidebook to learning Mandarin. For bargaining purposes when shopping, most shopkeepers keep a pocket calculator handy so that you can just punch in the amount you mean instead of having to use your fingers to gesture. However, the following came in handy for my white Anglican husband when in China:
How are you? = "Ni hao ma?"
Good morning = "Zao an"
Thank you = "Xie xie"
How much? = "Duo shao?"
Too expensive! = "Tai gui!"
Don't want = "Bu yao"
Favorite thing: The national flag of the People's Republic of China is the five-star red flag. The red color of the flag is the symbol of the revolution, signifying that the political power of the People's Republic of China is achieved through bloodshed and lives laid down by countless revolutionary martyrs who marched forward wave upon wave in the heroic struggles for the revolution. In the upper-left corner of the flag there are five-pointed yellow stars, of which the big one represents the Communist Party of China and the four small ones the people of all ethnic groups of the country. One point of the big star points right up the flag and of the four small ones each has a point pointing towards the centre of the big star. This shows that the Chinese Communist Party is the force at the core of the leadership of the Chinese people of all ethnic groups who unite closely as one round the Party. With the color of the stars in yellow this means the great cause of socialism has a bright future. With the flag-staff painted white, that is to suggest flawless purity and loftiness."
Favorite thing: Many taxis are reluctant to travel over the river to the Pudong side of the city and i have on three occasions now been asked to get out of the taxi becuase they refuse to go,it is worse when it raining becuase they always have many customers travelling short distance and at 10rmb min fare they can earn more money in short trips than the 25 rmb or so that it costs to go to pudong area.If this happens to you the best thing to do(unless you want to argue in Chinese) is find one of the many city center hotels and get your taxi there,they will not refuse to go to Pudong when they pick up at hotels.
The Yuyuan gardens are situated not far from the Bund in the southwestern side of the city. The Yuyuan is certainly tacky- a kind of China meets Disney with an added twist- but nevertheless well worth a visit.
The Gardens themselves were completed in 1577 by the Pan family in Shanghai. The original Gardens were destroyed twice in the 1800s and have now been restored. They are usually pretty busy but, are worth looking at if you can either come during the week or are prepared to face the masses. The gardens cover a significant space and include a few halls, springs and other buildings of interest.
The area surrounding the Gardens makes up the Old City God's Temple Area and was known in colonial times as the "Chinese City".Today, the area directly around Yuyuan has been "renovated" somewhat tastelessly and is a mass of tourist shops and naff decorations.
The operating hours is from 0830 to 1700.
Admission fee is RMB30 for Adult and RMB10 for child an elderly above 70 years of age.
Shanghai is one of the largest commercial cities and economic centers in China. Shanghai lies in the middle of China's mainland coastline and at the Yangzi River's entrance to the sea. It has a population of more than 13.5 million and thus is the largest city in China and one of the five super cities of the world. Shanghai is also one of ten world's largest seaports.
I have been to Shanghai twice and have enjoyed it enourmously - there are so many facettes to this city, that it would take years to just get a little understanding of what Shanghai is all about!
Favorite thing: lol.One thing i love about china is the easy availability of good fake produce!I would never usually spend money on designer stuff but when its 1/10 of the price i decided to spend my yuan on it!It probably aint real but who cares the qualitys the same&you couldnt tell the difference.Electronic stuff aint as cheap as i thought but still usb things are half the price they are in britain.Buy DVD's dont pay 10? for one when you can pay 10?for twenty!!!!i took this pic when i came home on my mates camera
Fondest memory: And this one was found at one of the exits to the Yu Yuan Bazaar. My mum was thinking of going to it once we'd finished our shopping. But even a seniles disco was too much like hard work for her after a day of shopping in Shanghai!
Even 10 years ago, Shanghai was a very modern and busy city! But then there were no skyscrapers and no TV-Tower on the other side of the river. I would like to see today's skyline in Shanghai!
Fondest memory: &L[www..thatsshanghai.com]www.thatsshanghai.com
Favorite thing: Central Shanghai is divided by the Huangpu River. Most tourist sights are in the western area, but one of Shanghai's best known attraction, the Oriental Pearl Tower is in the eastern part (the Pudong side). From the Bund - a section of the riverfront and one of the remaining vestiges of Shanghai's colonial past - there is a nice view on the Tower and the surrounding modern district.
Favorite thing: I don't know why but I noticed that alot of the babies were being cared for by the fathers in Shanghai. When I did my wandering through the residential areas. Maybe the moms were working? Maybe the Moms needed a break? I don't know...just something that I noticed. I spend alot of time with my son and I also did the same when he was a baby....I guess we are all the same all over!?!
Steven Speilburg was filming "Empire of the Sun" while I was in Shanghai. One of the days was very interesting as I kept coming across different "movie props" that I thought were real!! LOL When I saw this movie marquee for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" I thought that it had run non-stop since the 1930's!! ahahha I was going to check it out...I also came across an old Texaco sign and in 1987 There weren't any of these foreign companies in China so that was a prop too...The foreign companies were just starting to get back in at this time. Well that sign was a movie prop also. In the evening I watched the Bridge scene being filmed as I stood up on the hill above the Wusong River. It was pretty interesting to see.
Fondest memory: This was so cool...I was disappointed that it wasn't a real movie house!
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