Dr. Chun
Shanghai, China

May, 2011

 

We flew from Xi'an to Shanghai, and visited Shanghai's three main areas of interest. The Old City is typically Chinese, with alleys, markets, and temples. It is home to the very lovely Yu Gardens. The former concession areas, once under the direct rule of the French, British, and Americans, boast the Bund, which is the riverside avenue lined with grand colonial buildings. Pudong is the Shanghai's newest district on the Huangpu river's east bank, which is an immense business and residential zone with a clutch of museums and some of the tallest buildings in the world.



     
     
013Yu Gardens: Located in the center of the Old City, it is one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region. The surrounding area is filled with numerous gift shops and restaurants. 023Shanghai World Financial Center: The tallest building in China looks like a standing bottle-opener. Skywalk 100 is a glass corridor observatory, which provides breathtaking views of the Huangpu river and downtown Shanghai below.
 
033Shanghai Museum: It rained outside, and I spent almost a whole morning at the elegant museum, wandering from room to room which had very interesting and well-presented exhibits of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jade, calligraphy, coins, and furniture... 043Oriental Pearl TV Tower: It is one of the first modern towers to rise above the rubble of the peasant homes that once fringed the Huangpu river on the Pudong side. I was brave enough to step on the glass floors!
 
053Oriental Pearl TV Tower: It is one of the first modern towers to rise above the rubble of the peasant homes that once fringed the Huangpu river on the Pudong side. I was brave enough to step on the glass floors! 063North Korean Restaurant : Since the Korean War 60 years ago, the Korean peninsular has been divided into South and North Korea. Growing up in South Korea, I was always curious about how the people from the other side look like.
 
073Nanjing Road: It is Shanghai's foremost "shopper's paradise" - a modern, electric street filled with shops, eateries, and lovely restaurants tucked away up above the street level. I walked down the street from Shanghai Museum to the Bund in a rainy day. 083Jing'an Temple: One of the Shanghai's most revered places for ancestor worship. It is also a popular place to offer coins and pray for financial success.
 
093Office Visits: As in Beijing and Xi'an, we also visited many offices and plants in Shanghai, meeting LSU alumni and Louisiana natives. 103Plant Tours: Everyone wore a hard hat for a visit to the steel mill. The head honcho wore a yellow hat!
 
113More Fun in Shanghai: A dinner cruse on Huangpu river, a drink on the 94th floor of World Financial Center, and visits to expatriate clubs and bars in Shanghai. Laissez le bon temps roulez! (Let the good times roll!) 123Food in Shanghai: A simple and fast food for lunch, and then a BBQ dinner at M1NT Club, which is not only a fancy and pricey restaurant but also a hip and stylish night club, where you want to see and be seen. (I saw, but was not seen...)
     
 
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