Shanghai, China Part 1

We arrived at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai around 12 midnight. Shanghai weather is generally mild and moist, with four distinct seasons – a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a cool autumn and an overcast cold winter. All of us were really excited because it’ll not be a winter season (Last time we visited Beijing it was a cold winter season) in China but a comfortable cool autumn!

image

Good Morning, Shangai! So, this was my outfit for the cold weather. Make sure to bring a few sweaters, warm socks, and a coat suitable for autumn conditions. You can wear many layers if you are not used to cold seasons like this. I was really shaking on our first morning in Shanghai because the temperature lowered down to 13 Degree Celsius.

Day 1
Our first stop was in Old Shanghai Town. The town is known as Yuyuan. Centered between Renmin Road and Zhongshan Road, it is located southeast of the city centre.

In the Old Town is known as the bright pearl of Shanghai is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business, souvenirs, and food.

image

All you get here is souvenirs, sometimes overpriced food etc. But still, when you do a walking tour around the place, it is an enjoyable place to go. They say you shouldn’t leave the place without trying the dumplings, not on my top ten of foodie likes so I wasn’t able to buy. Haha.

image

This is one of the must-do tourist stops. The district is full of authentic Chinese merchandise and the ambiance is what you would expect in old world China

image

We walked around the streets for a bit and then walked across the Zigzag Bridge. So you’re probably asking, “Why does the bridge need zigzags?”. The Chinese are very superstitious and they believe evil spirits can’t turn corners. The bridges zigzags are meant to trap them. Nowadays, people walk along the bridge because they know this superstition is not true and I’m one of ’em. lol.

image

This bridge is named as Nine curve bridge (aka Zigzag bridge)

image

This is not my photo but I just took it to let you see how beautiful this bridge is.

Yu Yuan Garden

IMG_3383

IMG_3396

image

The old town offers unforgettable sights like this.

image

 Wall of “Cloud Piercing Dragon”

image

image

image

Close up look of the huge carps at the surface of Yu Yuan Gardens Pond.

image

image

image

Under the Bonsai tree.

image

image

image

On our way back to the bus shuttle.

Suzhou Silk Factory

Our 2nd stop was in a Silk Factory. I was not really paying attention to the person since we also visited a Silk Factory in Beijing. But I learned a lot that silk has a history of some 4,500 years in China. So, they have become adept at producing many different types of silk.

image

In the Suzhou Silk Factory you can see a display of the life-cycle of the silk worm and demonstrations of how the silk is harvested from the cocoons and eventually woven into fabric. It is quite astonishing to learn that one cocoon can produce about 2 km of silk strand, and that several of these strands are twined together to make a single thread. The process is so slow and painstaking; it comes as no surprise that genuine hand-made silk articles are so expensive.

image

image

 Right after the factory, We had our lunch at Z-Dragon Restaurant right beside the famous Bund.

image

image

image

Tea, anyone? Just recently learned that the tea that they serve has a multipurpose. It can be used to wash the utensils (since, some restaurant do not clean their utensils properly) but I don’t think (or could be) that this restaurant is a type of place that don’t clean their dishes well. Eee. And, of course you can also drink the tea because its healthy.

 

image

image

The Bund

Beside our restaurant is the Bund. Definitely one of Shanghai’s major highlights, the Bund offers an impressive showcase of Shanghai’s colonial past. Beautifully preserved art deco and neoclassical buildings line the waterfront that faces the developing Pu Dong skyline.

image

Isn’t the view breathtaking?

image

image

image

The city of Shanghai consists of two basic districts, the Pu Xi (western town) and Pu Dong (eastern town), facing one another across the Huang Pu River. As a general rule, Pu Xi embodies “Old Shanghai” and Pu Dong represents “New Shanghai.”

image

The Pu Dong side of Shanghai.

image

The Pu Xi side of Shanghai.

image

Mom and Dad. Looks like they’re in a Pre-Nuptial shoot!

image

Shanghai’s infrastructures! Nanpu intersectional bridge. This bridge during the night is really beautiful but I wasn’t able to take pictures of it. Anyways, I’ll just post a sample picture of the bridge during the night.

image

 Beautiful, right? Neat Engineering!

We went to Pu He Sheng Shi jewelry store to just look around and it so happened that the owner’s daughter was on duty. It was quite a small world since the owner’s daughter was half Chinese and Filipino! Her mother was a Filipino and it was thoughtful of her to give us all a free Jade necklace. 😀

image

Our parents bought a jade bracelet and necklace for us all and they gave us a big discount too!

image

This place was quite not worth the talk so let’s move on to another place. The Doctor was just talking about diseases and how Acupressure, Acupuncture, etc. can cure such disease. She never knew she was discussing to a medical family.

image

People here in Shanghai don’t understand English well. Good thing there was one customer who volunteered to translate our orders taken to the cashier. God never ceases to help us!

image

In the fast food world, the burger and fries are king. But, could this restaurant have a more fitting name in the world where the food they serve is the king? That statement is a little confusing to me, but BK’s food was quite okay. Haha! Since I was a child I never liked BK. But I’m not a good judge though because I never liked cheese and burgers. Huhuuu.

image

image

Shanghai Circus World-Era

Shanghai Circus World is the city’s most well known venue for Chinese theater and live performances. Circus World is the place to go for a quality live entertainment.

image

image

image

image

The following pictures below are not from me but taken from their site since taking photos were prohibited inside the show.

image

It’s kind of cirque du soleil type of show and all the stunts and the performances are simply mind-blowing and I can’t possibly think of any reason why anyone won’t ever like it! 😀

image

image

image

image

image

 This is one show that you must see when in Shanghai. Really very very nice and a must visit!

 

WATCH OUR VIDEO TRIP. CLICK HERE


 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s