City by day...
This weekend, I took a 1.5 hour flight to Shanghai
! We arrived Friday morning and once we got into our hostel, which was located right off of the Bun, we got a chance to walk around the city and through a garden. The buildings were incredible! They were very modern and many had a strong European influence. The city was about as big as NYC (and as crowded) but the buildings were not quite so dense. It was also really polluted...more so than Beijing
! It is located in Southern China, so the people are different from those in Beijing...very MEAN! They would cut in front of you in line (I had to throw some bows.
Me with the Pearl Tower at night!
.), and the taxi drivers would refuse us service, and there were more beggars (even more than in the ATL!). Also, the kids ran around with a huge hole in their pants...we saw one squat and pee in the middle of the street! SO GROSS!!
Friday night, we met up with the other GT students who are currently studying abroad in Shanghai to see a Shanghai Acrobat show! It was pretty good...the costumes weren't as good as others that I have seen, and I didn't seen anything done that I hadn't seen before...but it was still cool. Saturday we took a side trip to a city called Hang Zhou. It was supposed to be a beautiful city surrounding a lake, but it was also very polluted which made the lake not a pretty. The city itself was very similar to Beijing. We took a boat tour of the lake which took us to three small islands where different Emperors made gardens.
We ate at a nice (by Chinese standards) restaurant which served their "southern Chinese cookin'", but it was not worse than the food in Beijing! It was incredibly spicy and was mostly chicken bones. They don't believe in taking the meat off the bones here...they just chop up the chicken as is and cook it...its really annoying. When I get home, I do not want to eat ANYTHING with bones in it! I'm becoming addicted to rice...
On Sunday, we went to the Jade Budda Temple...they had 2 huge Budda statutes made out of 400 lbs of jade each! They love their jade here...Then we went to People's Park (just a park in the middle of the city) and shopping on Nanjing Road. The real stores on Nanjing Road were very high class (even by US standards) but people would walk around saying "DVD? Coach purse?" and then we would say "Ok, DVD" and they would take us down a SKETCHY alley, knock three times on a random door, then flick it, then say a secret code word and the door would open to a small room full of fake things! Haha.
..it was crazy. Someone bought a DVD the day before from a vendor like these and checked it and it worked, so we decided to buy a few as well. They would sell them for about 1 USD...pretty sweet deal! I bought 10...and they all seem to work! Then we took a boat tour on the river that ran though the Bun and got to look at another port! We also went up in the tallest building in China! According to the statistics they gave us, I have been in 3 of the top 4 tallest buildings in the world! Now all I have to do is go to Taiwan to make it 4 of the top 4! I'll have to see what I can do about that... ;-)
FYI-It is not raining or misting in any of my photos...it is that polluted...and the Chinese like to carry umbrellas around so they stay pale.