Can you stomach it?
Pudong Travel Blog› entry 15 of 15 › view all entries
Pudong's not all that bad. It was built in the 1990's as a future epicenter of business in China. It is across the river from where the "original" Shanghai is. It's just a rolling expanse of massive buildings, repetative apartment high rises and yellow sky.
The original city is called Puxi. Dong means east in Chinese and Xi means west. So West Pu and East Pu.
I've been writing about short stories, but not so much about what I've actually seen and done, so let me give you a short list to sample from:
The Bund: This is the old colonial area of Shanghai. It is where the British set up their trade community and there's some really awesome architecture. It is the #1 tourist destination in Shanghai, so it's not exactly a hidden treasure.
Vue Bar: This bar is great. It offers - hands down - some of the best views I've ever seen from a bar. It looks down on both Puxi and Pudong. Although it is insanely expensive, it is well worth it to go up for a drink or two. I met a great group of people here and hung out with them the rest of the night at ...
Mint: Again, not cheap. A conglomeration of expats for every corner of the world, and nouveau riche Shanghaiese.
Dong Tai Rd: This place I love. It's an "antique" market that has all kinds of crap. A lot of it was made last week and made to look old (they are surprisingly convincing replicates). But there definitely is hidden jems hidden under piles of paper and junk. It's looks less like a typical market, and more like a bunch of people carted everything they had collected in their basements out on to the street. Bartering is king here, and I had to work a guy down from 500RMB ($80) to 100RMB ($15) for an "old" scroll painting. It's clearly a fake, and I clearly still overpaid.
I also bought a Violin with an old beat up case for 90RMB ($13.50). It's beautiful and plays pretty well.
The French Concession: Beautiful tree-lined streets. This place is a European enclave in Shanghai. The streets are organized, wide, clean. Shops and cafes line the roads. Lots of Euro expats live in this area.
The Irishman's Bar & The American Cafe: After a week of eating chinese food and drinking watery beer, these places are a god send.
[Chinese name] Hot Pot Place: I went to Hot Pot for lunch today, and it was great. I ate cow stomach for the first time. It didn't taste like anything, it was just chewy. But now I can say I've eaten cow stomach.
That's what I'll leave you with for now.