Shanghai state of mind

Shanghai Travel Blog

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Shanghai, it is right in my face, with all the people, high rises, endless traffic and no wall to wall Olympic advertisements.  the hostel is locate right next to the Marriot, which is built like the tower of Isengard from the Lord of the Rings.  kind of spooky.  in a way, it is more metropolitan than Beijing, with all the street vendors constantly trying to sell you Rolexes and countless neon signs. 


the Bund, which is the river front, has a great view of the Oriental Pearl TV tower and all the European style buildings along the river.  the Yun Garden offers a little tranquility.  still, swamps of people still pass you by at any given moment.  by the end of the third day, i was exhausted from "swimming" in the crowd.  in Korea, only old ladies cut in front of you when getting on the subway train.  here, anyone and anywhere. the constant spitting and other small things adds a special hue to the experience. 


Xi Lake, or the west lake, is about 1 hour train ride from Shanghai.  even though it was highly regarded, i was not very impressed by the scenary.  one surprising thing is that Shanghai has a sex museum, which is in extreme contrast with the traditional conservative chinese culture.  the propaganda poster museum was also interesting in the sense that in retropespective, how naive people were (and maybe still are?) and ready to believe anything.  i was wondering if Americans watching CNN are in a similar situation?

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