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The outside of the bar is eye-catching -- it was so trendy, I thought I wasn't in Zhujiajiao! The front has a big window looking into the bar. Unfortunately we were there in the daytime, or I would've gone in for a drink.
When I passed by, there was a poster advertising an event (long past!) at another bar in Shanghai. Part of the illustration was a comedic adaptation of a Communist poster featuring Karl Marx and gang. Not sure how long it'll stay in the window, but I sure had some good laughs at that!
Written Jan 20, 2010
Address: 23 Donghu Jie
I prefer to go to Zhujiajiao by public bus instead of the tourist sightseing buses from Shanghai Stadium.
For most travellers, starting from the People's Square area would be reasonable as it's centrally-located. On Pu'an Lu, behind Shanghai Concert Hall, are 2 bus routes that will take you to Zhujiajiao. The nearest metro stop to get here is Dashijie on metro line 8 -- go out of exit no.2 (the one that has a McDonald's), do an about-turn when you reach street level, cross the road in front of you (this is Xizang Zhonglu), keep walking straight and turn right when you get to Pu'an Lu.
Once there, look for a bus route called Hu4 Zhu1 Gao1 Su4 Kuai4 Xian4 (Hu-Zhu Express) -- this is the faster bus that goes by the expressway and gets to Zhujiajiao usually within an hour or so, fare is 12 RMB. The other option is the Hu4 Zhu1 Zhuan1 Xian (Hu-Zhu Route) which's slower and costs 9 RMB -- we took this coming back and I think it took us about almost 2 hours to get back to town! Note that neither bus route has numbers or English, only Chinese characters!
A conductor will come by to buy tickets after the bus starts moving. The express should leave every 30 mins, the non-express bus every 10 mins. However I would venture a guess that they leave whenever full.
Be warned that most of the seats don't have much legroom. If you have long legs, I would recommend that you take the 1st front-facing seats on the same side as the bus doors (ie on the opposite side from the driver), the 1st seats near the back door, or the seats across the 1st seats near the back door (behind the single front-facing seats).
Going from Shanghai to Zhujiajiao in the morning, avoid sitting on the same side as the driver unless you fancy having the sun in your eyes for the entire trip.
Written Jan 19, 2010
“Sticky rice” is a famous food in this part of town. This lady was making them in front of the store, of course, this is just for show and she was making them so fast that I think she can made one in less than a minute.
Written Apr 19, 2012
My boyfriend and I were strolling the streets of the water villiage. We were with 23 other westerners as part of a tour group. Our tour group were the only non-natives in the villiage. We were told it was a safe area and to browse around. We were quickly separated from all other foreigners. Two large men jumped out of a building labled as a pharmacy. It was not like the other structures in that it was completely enclosed, and we couldn't see what was inside. One of the men grabbed my boyfriend by both shoulders and the other stood in front of me. A third man yelling in chinese came up from behind. The villagers then surrounded us and began forcing us into the "pharmacy" building. I started yelling at my boyfriend to force his way through the crowd. I have ten years of self defense training but I was unsure what I could legally do to protect myself. We were able to force our way through the crowd (fortunately the people aren't that big or strong) and we ran back to the entrance and found our tour guide. We told her about the situation. She went to the scence herself but was unable to find the two men we described. Tourists should not be taken to Zhujiajiao. We saw no police, and wouldn't trust to complain to them anyway.
Written Oct 8, 2006
I found lots of dried foodstuffs for sale in the streets of Zhujiajiao. I guess it's because it's winter and getting close to Chinese New Year.
Offerings included fish, poultry and other stuff which I couldn't really tell what they were. They're dried with head et al, so if you have something against whole dried animals, you might want to avert your gaze... ;)
Written Jan 20, 2010