Police Incident!

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Here we are in front of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower with some Chinese children.
          After the failed attempt to work the Chinese washing machine in our hotel room, Jason and  I took at taxi across the Huangpu River to Pudong. Pudong, previously the poorest quarter of Shanghai, acquired the status of Special Economic Zone in 1990, and it is now a forest of skyscrapers located across from the Bund. Our taxi driver dropped us off in front of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, where we were greeted with many curious stares. As Jason and I stood outside, contemplating whether or not to take the elevator to the top of the tower, a Chinese man ushered his children in front of us, so that he could take a picture and get those strange Americans in the background! We realized what he was doing, so Jason and I played along, posed, and smiled for the camera, which made the photographer break out with a smile and cry of excitement!
          Deciding not to ride to the top of the tower, we entered a massive, eight-story mall and enjoyed a bowl of egg noodles and a hot pot at an establishment called "Noodles Plus.
We are enjoying Chinese noodles and dumplings!
" We are growing quite fond of Chinese noodle and dumpling dishes, but aren't brave enough to sample the more exotic meat dishes. Following our scrumptious lunch, we departed by subway to Nanjing Lu East, where we were determined to purchase some sort of duffel bag to tote our recently-purchased souvenirs around in. After walking around for quite a while in the uncomfortable heat of Shanghai, we put a stop to our indecisiveness and returned to a local department store, called Sendes, where we purchased a small duffel bag and camera bag.
         Unable to find a taxi not already carrying passengers, we walked on foot to our hotel, passing through the world that was so unfamiliar and shocking on our first day in Shanghai.
The Chinese acrobatic show was entertaining.
Now, it is my favorite part of Shanghai because it is like a glimpse into the past that most American tourists, shuttled around in tour buses from one sight to the next, aren't able to experience. As we walked through the old, dirty streets, all eyes were on us and the locals chuckled as we walked by. I especially enjoy walking down these streets in the evening, starting at around 7 o'clock. At this time, all the shops were opened, fruit and vegetable stands were pulled out, the aroma of authentic Chinese food poured out into the streets, and the locals were walking around barefoot, conversing with friends, doing business with neighbors, or playing Mahjong on small tables in the alleyways. I loved the atmosphere and longed to join in on the excitement without standing out like a sore thumb.
Here was the police incident I just had to capture!

         After showering in our hotel room, we took a taxi to the restaurant we had eaten at the previous night. We enjoyed two bowls of noodles and a side of rice flour rolls. After dinner we walked across the street to enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show at the Shanghai Center. I was dissapointed when busloads of American and other foreign tourists pulled up to the venue as well. When traveling, I like to avoid tourist traps, such as this, and I focus on making my experience as authentic as I am comfortable doing. The show turned out to be entertaining, despite the initial disappointment, and we were tired and ready to return to the hotel at conclusion.
          As we were exiting our taxi in front of our hotel, we noticed a mob of people, a few police officers, and a police car. Interested in the commotion, we decided to stay and watch whatever was about to happen. We watched the policemen arrest a young, shirtless teenager and put him in the back of the police car. As this was occuring, I had a strange and unexplicable impulse. I wanted to pull out my camera and photograph the event! Keep in mind, I have been watching numerous documentaries and reading several books to familiarize myself with China and Chinese culture. I have read several, detailed accounts of journalists being thrown into police cars or beaten for photographing scenes that they should not have been. Yet, what did I do? I pulled out my camera into the dark night, aimed my lens in the direction of the mob, pressed the button, and my flash exploded into the night! Immediately, one of the police officers shot his head up and stared me down intensely. Frightened, Jason and I quickly walked into our hotel and ran to the elevator. Since the elevator was taking far too long, we dashed into the stairwell and headed up to our room. Safely in our own bed in our own room, we fell asleep, scared that we would awake to a pounding on our door!
luotai says:
Hi Lucy! The Chinese policemen usually treat foreign friends very friendly, most of them are different from what you've learnt. Maybe that police officer just found a gorgeous blond and didn't want to move his line of sight on you. LOL!
Posted on: May 20, 2012
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