Shanghai..... largest city in the world!

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see the bending walk: it is so bad spirits can't follow you as they travel in a straight line... and from each angle you can see a different view of the garden. enchanting

So we went on from Xian to shanghai.   Xi'an was a wonderful city that I would have loved to spend several days at.  The city wall and market are things I read about but did not get to see.....  I need to go back....

SHANGHAI: MAY 7, 8 and 9,  2007        huge huge city.   I think it is 19 million people..... over 4000 buildings over 20 stories: there was lots of shopping but honestly the stores we saw were quite up scale.   and not what we were looking for.  

I had had an itch on my back for a few days and when we first got to shanghai it was tiny tiny red dots.  Later that afternoon I had large red dots.

close up detail of plate
  The next morning large red raised dots and in the evening really large raised dots.  In two days it changed dramatically.  I spoke to a nurse who was on the tour and she suggested I have it looked at:  before we went to the acrobat show,  David and I ran to a western doctor at one hospital.  (theoretically)  The desk nurse looked at my back and we were referred to another hospital  where they had an international medical unit.  It was at the university hospital on the 8th floor.  When we got there  I filled out papers and within minutes was called to see the doctor.  He looked at the rash and diagnosed  me.  He typed on a computer and gave me a little scan card.  (like a credit card or a hotel scan key)  He explained what I should do the next few weeks then directed me to walk to the pharmacy  (which was on the same floor).
david by the golden tree and elevator.... it rises incredbly fast
  I walked down the hall and got three prescriptions for 3 different medications and returned to the original room for a second consultation with the doctor.   When I went  back to the waiting room David was speaking to the travel insurance.   I let him talk and gave the receptionist  my American Express:   945 yuan (divided by 7.67 = $123.00).   for after hours emergency visit,  consult,  doctor, RX, consult).   David was shocked that I was finished already.  so ...   :(   .  as luck would have it I have shingles.   Oh my gosh.  I am very impressed by how really painful it is.   I think I will just take the rest of my vacation as sick leave.
I love these... they are lucky
   (LOL)   really though,   I am just trying to make sure nothing (clothes, David) touch it....... even the air molecules hurt bashing at it.....  enough sniveling.   back to Shanghai


David and I took a taxi and found our tour group standing in a circle next to the door of the Acrobat show (do not miss this show) They cheered when we ran up and we all ran inside.   The show was amazing.   They juggled, tossed pots, did magic, rode motorcycles, danced, floated on ribbons, and had aerial artists... to name just a few: there really was something for everyone!  

After the show the motorcycle girls and guys were standing:  I waited and waited for a man to move out of my way so I could take a picture.

THE BEIJING ACROBATS: MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ..... THEY WERE AMAZING: THERE WERE 8 RIDING IN A BIG ROUND BALL: IT LOOKED LIKE AN ATOM WHIZZING
  He really seemed to be purposefully moving so that I couldn't get a shot.  Then another guy who was with the riders took my camera and told me to stand with them......  I started to tell him how to take the picture but he cut me off with yes, yes yes..... and shoved me towards the riders:  and I stood with the group and cheered for a picture:  Then:  I got my camera back and then: GET THIS!   the guy who had been blocking my pictures walked up and showed me a handful of 100 yuan bills and told me it was 100 yuan, and pointed to a sign I had not seen  (probably because I was looking through the lens at the riders and not looking around)   I started laughing and told him no way ...   he didn't say anything more:  probably because I was sort of tricked into the picture without knowing there was a cost and also, it would have been hard to talk / argue about it with the language barrier.
shanghai pearl tower


Shanghai is the largest city in the world.  it is immense.  It has over 4,000 skyscrapers over 20 stories high.  We saw that feng Shui was used and many circles and open air (even a building with a huge opening half way up.)  They have a building going up now that is the tallest in the world.   they are at 102 stories and have not divulged how many stories they are stopping at..... amazing.

  We went to the Shanghai Museum:  This place rocks!  We could have spent days there.  But, because we were on a tour we had only 3 hours.. We got a bunch of wonderful pictures: Their porcelain display was so wonderful: some of the pieces were BC:  The bronze wing was also amazing.  I could not believe the ages of some of the pieces.

having fun with the photo shop features....
 

We went to the Pearl Tower and rode the incredibly fast elevator to the observation floor.  there is also a restaurant:  i would love to eat there on a later visit.   the view was wonderful but so was the  smog.   (see pictures)Shanghai had some wonderful sites. 

We  also went to a nice temple that had a large white jade Buddha.  It was in the style of India so it was a reclining Buddha. The yard of the Lamasery was so nicely landscaped and there were large brass pots ... (not really the right word.... ) that had incense burning.   David started sneezing....  Inside had many golden Buddhas in different poses.  It was allowed to photograph them so we got several nice shots.

close up of the wine vessels
  Many larger rooms with great statues.   It was so wonderful to see them.    We could not actually photograph the real jade Buddha but there was a nice replica that we took pictures of.    

************ sorry everyone......  I put suzhou: city of gardens pictures on this page instead of the next entry******** I wrote about suzhou & more pictures next****



 

jethanad says:
:) I had an attack of shingles and that was my cue - I retired from work - love it
Posted on: Dec 07, 2013
sylviandavid says:
Shingles are nothing to mess around with... Really painful.But.... the vacation overrode any discomfort and we still had a great time although on the phone the insurance offered us first class tickets home if we wanted to throw in the towel. We partied on instead!
Posted on: Sep 05, 2011
jhwelsch says:
My wife also got shingles while away. In our case it was in Bermuda and the ship's doctor was clueless! Sure does take some of the joy out of a trip, doesn't it?
Posted on: Sep 05, 2011
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I love these... they are lucky
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shanghai pearl tower
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close up of the wine vessels
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looking down at the China landscape
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the shanghai airport.... fake tre…
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the Westin motel shanghai
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a lot of places have bicycles for…
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a wonderful garden right in the m…
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tea house: shanghai: just outside…
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Shanghai museum:  bronze vase.
Shanghai museum: bronze vase.
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shanghai museum
shanghai museum
shanghai museum
shanghai museum
shanghai museum
shanghai museum
shanghai museum
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BRONZE DA KE DING (FOOD VESSEL) M…
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shanghai garden
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My Keen shoe and sidewalk detail …
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shanghai museum
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THIS IS REALLY OLD: I BELIEVE IT …
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3100 BC
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16 TH CENTURY BC
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PAINTED POTTERY POT WITH BIRD PAT…
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dragon detail of bowls
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ok: i admit I am a sucker for whi…
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1723 AD MANY PLATES, TEA POTS AND…
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ha ha..... goat! We raise them &…
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this is ancient...
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OUR NOTES ARE BAFFLING ON SEVERAL…
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close up of 5th century wine vessel
close up of 5th century wine vessel
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seven yaks balancing on the top
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SEVEN YAKS COWRIE CONTAINER 206 BC
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1723 ad shanghai museum
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13th century bc: look at the deta…
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1426 AD shanghai museum
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around 1821 ad: shanghai museum
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shanghai museum: perhaps 2nd cent…
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206 bc: shanghai museum
ceramic lion at the suzhou garden
ceramic lion at the suzhou garden
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this is a wall decoration in the …
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more gods at the lamasary
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a very eastern looking god at the…
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the court yard in the lamasary;
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from the room back into the main …
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the head of this turtle was broke…
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sign in front of the pearl tower
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view from the pearl tower. see t…
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pearl tower view
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the unfinished building will be o…
sample of the shanghai signs
sample of the shanghai signs
suzhou garden....
suzhou garden....
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my personal favorites: circle doo…
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suzhou garden
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TWO of my favorite things... Davi…
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suzhou pond with reflections..…
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I love these red lantern balls
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amazing calm, beautiful garden …
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this lovely garden area had an ar…
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suzhou garden....look at the deta…
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suzhou garden: round doorway
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dragon pot at suzhou garden
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scene at suzhou garden
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suzhou garden...
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wedding dress immediatly outside …
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this stone was called the old man
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our dinner at the suzhou restaura…
Shanghai Hotels & Accommodations review
Located near the Shanghai Bund area
Our stay at Broadway Mansions Hotel was several days. David had studied the maps and asked for a view of the river or the bridge. It was a great vie… read entire review
Shanghai
photo by: Chokk