Shanghai Day 3- More of The Bund and Nanjing Lu

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just outside Madame Tussauds

Breakfast was easy- a bakery a couple blocks from the hotel.  I read while I ate.  I know, but you should know me well enough by now.  I always have a book and this time I have Inkspell.   From there I headed down Yan’an Dong Lu, turning down Sichuan Lu.  I wanted to find Yu Yuan, what was billed to be “a classic Chinese garden featuring pools, walkways, bridges and rockeries…”.  Sounds good right?  Not without my Zyrtec.   But I’d taken it, so I was good to go.  It was a good walk down, bustling, and definitely not Beijing.

  I finally found the Yu Yuan Old Street which is now lined on both sides with hawkers selling chintzy souvenirs, and other “traditional Chinese” items.  Every five feet- “Hey lady, look-a, look-a.” or “Hey lady, watch, purse?”  I felt like I was back in Beijing’s Silk Street.  Not a good reminder.  But I made, and at times pushed, my way through.  I took a few pictures of the part of the garden that was free.  But I didn’t want to spend 40rmb to get into a garden already packed with people.  So I headed back out the way I came, ignoring the people who were trying to sell everything in and on the sides of the street.

From Yu Yuan, I decided to go to Nanjing Dong Lu.  So back the way I came- then the familiar jaunt down Yan’an to Zhongshan.
heading towards Yu Yuan in the south
  Then I weaved through the people to Nanjing Dong Lu with only one distraction- someone asked me to take a picture.  Apparently, these three English-speaking Chinese (they were pretty good) were visiting from Wuhan.  They wanted to go for tea, but I just wanted to push on.  I was stopped almost at the corner, but he only wanted to talk for a few minutes.  Before turning down Nanjing Dong Lu, I crossed the street and continued down Zhongshan Dong Lu (the street is actually known as The Bund), to see the Bank of China building.  It was built in the 1920s.  I didn’t get any good pictures of the building, but it is interesting.  The architecture is a mix of Chinese and Western styles that meshed well.
heading towards Yu Yuan in the south


Nanjing Dong Lu is supposed to be a street full of lights and stores, glamorous and lively, China’s busiest shopping street, and something that was supposed to remind people of Hong Kong.  On the corner- the Peace Hotel.  The Peace Hotel has been called the most famous hotel in China.  Otherwise known as the Cathay Hotel, it was the place to see and be seen in Shanghai before the war.

When I first turned the corner, I was utterly gutted.  Scaffolding as far as the eye could see, this isn’t what I had imagined at all.  After seeing pictures the day before of this street in the 1920s and 30s, I had pictured a more modern version.  Not scaffolding and ugliness.

I walked up the street anyway, and it took a few blocks for things to get better.
the beer from the Bund Brewery, after I'd taken a sip
  Once a little further west of the Sofitel hotel, the street looked a little bit more like I’d expected.  No scaffolding, and the street was lined with high-rises and stores selling clothes and various things.  Once the street turned into a pedestrian-only zone (think Burlington, VT’s Church Street, just a lot bigger), it really turned into what I had been expecting.  Jewelry stores, high-end clothing stores, and other stores and shops.   On the street was a booth for Madame Tussauds with a wax sculpture of Jackie Chan.  If the tickets weren’t too expensive, I knew I’d be there.  I’d been wanting to go for a long time, but never got to the one in NYC with my mom. 

Next stop was a few minutes in Renmin Park (People’s Square).
heading towards Yu Yuan in the south
  But then I saw the sign for Madame Tussauds and headed there.  Tickets weren’t too bad- 135rmb, and I got a 30rmb discount.  Too bad it was on the 10th floor, so that meant another crowded elevator.  Once I got up there, the first person in that lobby was Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang.   In the ticketed area- Barack Obama.  Since there was a line for the photo session, I took a look and continued.  He’s on TV and the internet enough that I didn’t need a photo.  The first area was called Glamour.  There were a couple Chinese people I didn’t recognize, then there was Sylvester Stallone in a tux, Julia Roberts and Madonna.  Moving on- a bit on the process.
Peace Hotel on Nanjing Dong Lu
  Then for some stars and their Chinese Zodiac signs- I got Bill Gates and Julia Roberts- heaven help me.  Don’t recognize who my parents share their sign with.  From there- Science and Politics.  An astronaut and Albert Einstein, then onto Hillary Clinton and a podium, Bill Clinton waiting for a handshake, there was also Vladimir Putin and Winston Churchill.    Then onto some British royalty- Princess Diana and Prince William.  Even though I love my picture with Princess Diana, my picture with Prince William is my favorite!  That’ll be the closest I get to being a bride for the foreseeable future. 

Then onto some music, though I skipped the Chinese since I had no clue who they were.  But I got Elvis, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and CoCo Li (found that off the web).
Nanjing Dong Lu
  Then there were various people- Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond, a car racer, a Chinese actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins, David Beckham in his LA Galaxy (aka MLS most overrated team), Ronaldo and Ahnuld’s Terminator.

Then for what I’ve dubbed “Celebrities I hope go away soon”- David and Victoria Beckham, and then Brangelina.  Next was the Pepsi Studio which I skipped through, and then there was only one left.

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly.   And this was a photo-op.  Of course I had to do it, it also came with such a great background.  So now I can say I’ve had my picture taken with Audrey Hepburn.

All I got in the giftshop was my photo and a pin with Audrey Hepburn.  Nothing really called to me as a souvenir from Shanghai, plus nothing said Madame Tussauds Shanghai on it, just Madame Tussauds.
Beijing has tin cans- Shanghai has... cloth cans
   After finishing up at Madame Tussauds, I took the elevator down to the bottom floor where I saw a sign for Burger King.  *cue angels singing* Another reason why I’d rather stay in Shanghai than go back to Beijing- a convenient Burger King!  Near People’s Square!  Damn them for sending me to Beijing where the only BK is at the frickin’ airport.  Damn them to that special level of purgatory reserved for… well, stupid people I guess. 

And who knew there’d be another reason for that curse?

Since it was busy and every table was full, I skipped the BK.  I know, I know, but I’m back at the airport tomorrow anyway.  So I went back to the park, took a few pictures, then thought I saw a sign that read “HERS…” It was a vertical sign and the rest was hidden by trees.
heading towards Yu Yuan in the south
  So I decided to investigate, just in case it was what I thought it was. 

And cue those angels again.  That said did indeed say what I thought it said.  And it said- HERSHEY’S.  Did I head in?  What do you think?

The smell of chocolate provided further unnecessary enticement into the store.   Though not too big, it had everything you could think of.   Hershey bars, Reese’s, Hershey Kisses, Twizzlers, Hershey’s Miniatures,  Hershey’s Cacao Reserves… Heaven, pure chocolate heaven. 

According to the Bible- On day four, God said, “Let there be light.”
The part that the Bible forgot- Also on day four, God added, “And let there be an addicting, yet delectable, confection known forth as chocolate.
Yu Yuan Old Street


Now, this is a close version of Paradise, though my idyllic Paradise isn’t limited to Hershey’s chocolate.  I need my Lindt and peanut M&Ms.

After much deliberation, and drooling- I got a bar of Cacao Reserves 65% Dark Chocolate with cacao bits, a bag of Hershey’s Miniatures, and a six-pack of Hershey bars (now that is my idea of a six-pack).  We’ll see how long they last, but since there is NO FRICKIN’ WAY IN HELL I’m sharing, it should last me for a little while, at least.  So after a chocolate milkshake (I’m a chocoholic...), I left the den of temptation. 

A Vlog later (I’m almost used to being stared at for talking to myself and my phone), I headed back to Nanjing Dong Lu.  An addition to the Vlog later, I wound my way back to The Bund Brewery for a beer and another onion soup.

It was an early day back to the hotel, but I was tired and it turned out I’d gotten a bit of a sunburn.
Yu Yuan
  Nothing resembling a lobster, but that pinkish-reddish hue on my shoulders still feels a little warm to the touch.   And the best part of that- not only do I have strap lines from my tanktop, but also from my purse!  It’s a great look.  Snacking on the pack of croissants from the bakery, I checked the Net, Facebooked a bit (‘cause I’m an avid Facebooker), got my camera pictures on my laptop (phone has to wait, I didn’t bring that cord), then I went about blogging, surfing the net and watching CNN.

End of my last full day in Shanghai.   *pouts*  I want to stay! 

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just outside Madame Tussauds
just outside Madame Tussauds
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heading towards Yu Yuan in the sou…
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heading towards Yu Yuan in the so…
Peace Hotel on Nanjing Dong Lu
Peace Hotel on Nanjing Dong Lu
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Yu Yuan Old Street
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Peace Hotel on Nanjing Dong Lu
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old car
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Jackie Chan in the MT Kiosk
Jackie Chan in the MT Kiosk
from Nanjing Dong Lu
from Nanjing Dong Lu
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just inside Madame Tussauds- Yao …
Madame Tussauds- Liu Xiang
Madame Tussauds- Liu Xiang
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Madame Tussauds- no idea
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Madame Tussauds- Madonna
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Madame Tussauds- behind the scenes
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Madame Tussauds- astronaut
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Madame Tussauds- Einstein
Madame Tussauds- Hillary!
Madame Tussauds- Hillary!
Madame Tussauds- Bill!
Madame Tussauds- Bill!
Madame Tussauds- Princess Diana
Madame Tussauds- Princess Diana
me and Princess Diana
me and Princess Diana
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gay marriage in China?? Nope, bu…
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I'm marrying Prince William! No,…
Madame Tussauds- Elvis
Madame Tussauds- Elvis
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Madame Tussauds- me and Robbie Wi…
Madame Tussauds- Kylie Minogue
Madame Tussauds- Kylie Minogue
Madame Tussauds- Coco Li
Madame Tussauds- Coco Li
Madame Tussauds- Charlie Chaplin
Madame Tussauds- Charlie Chaplin
Madame Tussauds- Marilyn Monroe
Madame Tussauds- Marilyn Monroe
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me and James Bond
me and James Bond
me and James Bond
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Madame Tussauds
me and Hannibal...
me and Hannibal...
Hell be back!
He'll be back!
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Madame Tussauds- Becks in the LA …
Madame Tussauds- Ronaldo
Madame Tussauds- Ronaldo
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Madame Tussauds- race car driver
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Madame Tussauds- and the car
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Madame Tussauds- Becks and Victor…
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Madame Tussauds- Brangelina. Ble…
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Madame Tussauds- Holly!
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a convenient Burger King! Undern…
from Peoples Square
from People's Square
from Peoples Square
from People's Square
Peoples Square
People's Square
from Peoples Square
from People's Square
Peoples Square
People's Square
Heaven...Hersheys!
Heaven...Hershey's!
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the door shaped like a Hershey's …
*angels singing*  Hersheys in Sha…
*angels singing* Hershey's in Sh…
my milkshake
my milkshake
more of Nanjing Dong Lu
more of Nanjing Dong Lu
The Bund Brewery and the Oriental …
The Bund Brewery and the Oriental…
a pic of my pic with Holly (Audrey)
a pic of my pic with Holly (Audrey)
my pic of me and the Oriental Pearl
my pic of me and the Oriental Pearl
my stash of goodies from Hersheys
my stash of goodies from Hershey's
Shanghai
photo by: Chokk