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Yu Yuen Gardens

So, our last couple of days in Shanghai.

On Monday we walked down to Yu Yuen Gardens. We got a bit lost trying to find the entrance to it and stumbled into a little temple by mistake (its a lot easier to do than it sounds). We walked round for a bit before finding our way to the gardens. It was built by one of the Emperors (I forget which), as a place to relax, with lots of little different areas to sit and while away the day (it even has its own theatre). We settled ourselves down in a little shady spot of the theatre grounds and spent a good long while reading the books we had. It wasnt until a guard kicked us out at closing time that we realised we had spent a good couple of hours there! Outside the gardens themselves is an area with lots of original style buildings which now house various shops, even Starbucks has wormed its way in.

Shanghai Museum

Our last day was spent at the Shanghai Museum. We arrived around 11.30am to find there was a fair queue which we proceeded to join. The queue moved fairly quickly and within half an hour we were inside. It was free entry (result!), we just had to have our bags scanned, take a swig of the water I had to prove it wasnt some sort of explosive in disguise and then we were free to wander. The first exhibit we saw was the one on the ancient olympics. Pretty much everything they had on display was on loan from the British Museum, and there were a few giggles from the young crowd about the state of undress most of the statues were in. We also saw the chinese statues exhibit, the ancient seals and the caligraphy exhibits.

That evening we walked down to the bund as we still hadnt been through the underground tunnel.

Our carriage
We decended several sets of escalators and found ourselves being ushered into what looked like a very small tube carriage that could hold about 10 people. There was only us and two other people so we managed to bag seats right at the front. The ride was about 5 mins long and was something akin to an LSD trip. Weird lights flashed on and off, a strange voice kept saying random sentances like 'Magma' and 'under the ocean' while we were taken along various different light displays. Half way through, in the middle of the tunnel between the tracks were three dancing windsocks (you know, like on the Heart fm advert). Once out the other side we walked down to the rivers edge where we spent some time taking pictures and watching the crowds. We then made a return journey through the tunnel (just as weird) and headed back to the hostel.
In the tunnel

The next day we had to check out of the hostel at midday but hung around in the bar as our sleeper train to Beijing wasnt until 7.32pm. We watched a couple of films, one of which was turned from quite a boring film into an amusing one by the 'English' subtitles. Lets just say that it would be a fairly strong assumption to say that whoever wrote the subtitles didnt have English as their first language! After a late lunch we hoisted our bags and went in search of a taxi. We spent about 15mins trying, unsusccessfully, to flag a taxi down and it was only after a bird crapped on my shoulder that one stopped. I took the bird crap to be a sign of good luck but it was still gross *pulls face*. We had no problems checking into our cabin, they were all soft sleepers so we had to pay a bit more, but they were only 4 beds to a room. We even got two pillows each and they gave us a tooth brush (which I didnt use but its the thought that counts hey).

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Yu Yuen Gardens
Yu Yuen Gardens
Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum
Our carriage
Our carriage
In the tunnel
In the tunnel
Shanghai
photo by: Chokk