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July 20th, 2009 – by: seahlk
It was midday by the time we reached Yuyuan. The weather was hotter than hot. We ordered bubble tea, but somehow they dont put ICE in the drink. For all the matter, we just go into shops that are air-conditioned. Yuyuan shopping area reminded me of Chinatown in Singapore. We bought our first gift at a pushcart stall that sells watches. I think I have mentioned it before, to me, the pleasure of shopping is not buying the things we wanted, it is the process that makes shopping enjoyable. It is even more so when my youngest sister is with me. We haggled with the stall keeper for a toilet paper dispenser that was marked at RMB 30 each. The haggling took about 15 minutes and it even attracted the stall keeper of the next stall to come over for a look.
After a good haggling session, we went on to other shops and bought a local specialty called some beans. We thought it would be sweet tidbits, and since it was everywhere there, we bought one to try. My sister swallowed the whole bean full without chewing and as for me, I tried my best to keep the beans down my throat. It doesnt suit our tastebuds but we managed to buy other stuff.
One of our principle of shopping is that we tend to patronise shops that dont "bug" us or "push" us. Even if the products are more expensive or inferior, we would still buy from them, because we dont like being "watched" or "guided" when we buy stuff.
We went to Nan Xiang Xiao Long, as recommended by the taxi-driver, to try out Xiao Long Bao. It is a must-try in Shanghai, and we ordered 2 baskets of dumplings, a meat flavoured one and a crab meat flavoured one. The taste was heavenly. I have eaten Xiao Long Bao in Singapore's Dim Sum restaurant but perhaps it is the notion that I have paid plane tickets to come to Shanghai, I find that the Long Bao in Shanghai has more taste. It tend to be more salty, but the crab meat Long Bao is real good. The sweetness of the crabmeat is distinguishable the moment the soup flows out.
After Yuyuan, we made a last minute decision to go to the Oriental Pearl Tower. It is not the tallest building in Shanghai but the structure of the building itself made it prominent. Somehow, I have associated that building with Shanghai too.
There are many different types of tickets to enter the tower so you have to be sure where your ticket can bring you to. We bought the A tickets, which allow us to go to all levels of the tower. Unfortunately, we were not assisted, in the manner that we wanted to, correctly to put all our bulky shopping items in the lockers. Some staff say we have to enter the tower to use the locker facilities, some staff simply tell us there are none.
I rolled my eyes when I see people not allowing others to come out from the lifts or MRT when I am at home. I even queue up when I have to get ketchup or servette in Mcdonalds or KFC. I cannot imagine that being a touristy area such as Oriental Pearl Tower, people just cut queue blindly. Coupled with the hot weather, I thought the whole trip is going to be miserable. But as they say "When in Rome, do as Romans do", so I changed my thinking and got on to Hangzhou pretty well, which I will elaborate in the next entry.
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