15 - 18, 2001: Shanghai is the big, modern city of China. The Chinese compare
it to New York, but I thought of Chicago - the city of skyscrapers and
big shoulders. Shanghai is all the things the rest of China is not - modern,
open, and taking the capitalist road.
ANY PHOTO TO SEE A LARGER VERSION
|THE FAMOUS "SHANGHAI BUND".
THIS WAS THE MAIN COMMERCIAL DISTRICT FOR THE EUROPEAN BUSINESSMEN WHO
CONTROLLED SHANGHAI PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II.
||MODERN APARTMENT BLOCKS.
WE WERE VISITING A STREET MARKET LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE APARTMENTS.
||THE PU DONG OR "EAST BANK" DISTRICT
ACROSS THE RIVER FROM THE BUND. THIS AREA HAS MULTIPLE HI-RISE BUILDINGS
DESIGNED BY MAJOR AMERICAN ARCHITECTS
|On our way into town from
the ultra modern airport, I was having trouble understanding the tour guide.
As we passed a darkened building in an industrial zone, I thought he said,
“there’s your hotel”. Not wanting Neil, Larry, and Spencer to head
immediately back to the airport, I pretended I hadn’t heard him.
Luckily, we didn’t stop but kept going several miles more to the just opened
Shanghai Central Hotel. Upon getting to our very nice room, Neil
said “I was worried, I thought the tour guide said ‘there’s your hotel’
way back in that industrial area.”
OUR HOTEL, SHANGHAI CENTRAL,
IS ON THE RIGHT
|We would quickly discovered that everywhere we
went the tourguides were ready with a "set menu" meal. This was a
10 to 12 course meal with huge bowls of rice and 1 to 2 large bowls of
soup in addition to fish, pork, beef, and chicken. The meal was usually
large enough for 10 people but there were only 4 of us. Unfortunately,
we often left large amounts of food on the table.
One of the places we visited
was the Yuyuan Gardens in downtown Shanghai. This was a large park set
in the main shopping district. On the rooftops of the park buildings were
small statues of Chinese dragons and warriors. How they survived the Cultural
Revolution of the '60's and '70's, I don't know.
OTHER SIGHTS IN SHANGHAI
|WE VISITED A SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN
GIFTED IN MUSIC AND DANCE. EVERY CHILD HAD THEIR MOTHER OR FATHER
IN ATTENDANCE TO MAKE SURE THEIR CHILD WAS WELL TENDED.
||MODERN SHOPPING NEIGHBORHOOD.
ROOFS MIMIC THE CLASSICAL STYLE OF CHINA.
||MAO TSE-TUNG NOW RELEGATED TO
APPEARING ON WATCHES. THESE DID NOT SELL NEARLY AS WELL AS THE $30