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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Shanghai – Day Two

Shanghai-68 My second day in Shanghai fell on Sunday – which meant more play time. After an amazing Japanese beef udon noodle lunch, we started out the afternoon shopping for some high quality imitation fashion accessories in the form of sunglasses, watches, and a few other things. I had George take me to the shop that Paul liked and the owner gave us more great deals. He even traded my broken sunglasses (which were bought from him in January by Paul) for brand new ones for free! He told me he would give me the same treatment with the watch I was purchasing. I spent less than $100 USD and came away pretty satisfied. Unfortunately my oriental fan opening skills left much to be desired.

On the way out I got some tasty coconut milk tea with red beans and jellies before we stumbled upon the Shanghai Museum of Science & Technology. We didn’t have time to stop (and George had already been there twice with Paul), but I did manage to get a nice panorama of the courtyard that is pressed up against the shopping center:

Shanghai_SM_Panorama

Next we went for a stroll down the famous Nanjing Road, which is the world’s longest shopping district (around 6 km long) and attracts over 1 million visitors daily. East Nanjing Road is pedestrianized (no cars) and seems like a super-sized version of the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. The “people watching” there is great and on a nice day the parks and trees would serve as great hosts to a relaxing afternoon.

Shanghai_BundA_Panorama

At the end of Nanjing Road to the East is The Bund, which is an amazing collection of architecture concentrated along the Huangpu River. Shanghai has a lot of well-preserved modern culture and it was refreshing to see everything mixed together in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Being near the river had a certain liberating feeling to it, given that every body of water in and around Delhi feels downright toxic to even look at. Still, I wouldn’t risk a swim in the Huangpu, either.

Shanghai-102We wrapped up the evening with dinner in a quaint little “Canto” (Cantonese) Restaurant that George likes. I have to say that, without a doubt, the food here in China is the best I have had anywhere. I haven’t tried a single thing I don’t like. I love the main courses, the appetizers, the desserts… and it’s not just the Chinese food! The Japanese food is equally good. Maybe India is just so bad I’m not used to good, cheap food. The cost of living here seems the same or less than India, but the quality of life seems so much higher. But that’s a whole different post.

posted by Jesse at 9:26 pm  

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