We were taken to dinner by the Chinese Program Manager last night for traditional 'Shanghai-ese' food. This mostly involved fresh water shellfish and tofu. I've come to the conclusion that the smell of fried tofu sits on a similar smell-pedestal as baby poo and vomit in the stomach churning stakes - not good in a country like China. The food on everyone else's table looked delicious - why did we get the smelly root stew and shellfish fungus goop?? I ate the food, but I'm hoping my local Chinese in Taunton doesn't start offering Shanghai delicacies as a dish - house special chow mien and sweet and sour pork balls will do just fine next time thank you. I'm paying for it this evening now as well, thank god I decided to get some Imodium in case of emergency...
|I'm not lyin, I'm a tiger Rarrrh!|
Amazing that a place like that can exist in such a breakneck-paced city as Shanghai. Its a series of walled areas with buildings, pagodas and various tree species. There are ponds full of Koi (well, giant goldfish anyway) and many rockeries built of water smoothed stone. I went a bit snap-happy with the camera, but hopefully it was worth it.
|One of the many sculptures on the roof of a pagoda|
|Many of the buildings are set amongst the ponds|
|Notice the water-eroded/smoothed rock - the gardens are primarily composed of these rocks|
|One of the buildibgs in the market - probably only 20 years old!|
After a snickers (tasted of Hershey chocolate not Mars chocolate, felt duped by Masterfoods) to gird my loins, I made my way to the Science and Technology subway station and the (in)famous A.P.Plaza Shopping Mall. This is a fake market - don't be under any illusion that anything in the market is the real deal apart from the bespoke suit fitting (which I didn't go for anyway). So if you after any of the following, this place can provide a facsimile of it:
- Handbags (Jimmy Choo, D&G and Mulberry seemed to the most popular)
- Belts & wallets (stamped with all sorts of designer logos)
- Sunglasses (Rayban and Oakley mainly)
- Watches (Ice and G-Shocks were the main ones I saw)
- T-shirts (Abercrombie, Diesel etc)
- Jeans (All sorts, but due to my small waist/huge arse disfigurement I didn't bother)
- Shoes (Mainly Converse and Uggs, but a lot of leather shoes as well)
- Bags (Rucksacs and suitcases)
- iPhone/iPad accessories
- Helicopters (bloody everywhere)
- Tourist Tat (Chopsticks, buddas, dodgy jade, tea sets, masks, abacuses and little jewellery boxes)
There were more westerners than locals and shop owners were forever trying to drag you into their shops. In the end I just switched off and wandered around until something took my eye. There are only so many times you can asked if you want bag, t-shirt or shoes before you want to just start shouting fuck-off and die at the top of your voice, so I decided that was enough and came back to the hotel.
Five subway journeys in all today amounted to a grade total of £2 with all journeys 30 or 40p, not bad for a days work! More sightseeing and tourist stuff tomorrow - hopefully will get to go up to the highest observation deck in the world (complete with glass floor!) if the low cloud has improved. Will post some pictures if I can get up there!