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Published: January 8th 2008
Would you consider this a delicacy?
This smushed pig's head was found in the market hanging just beside the dead ducks. Someone once told me that the Chinese will eat anything... but I thought this was going a bit too far. What can I say... cultural differences?
Although I am a fan of airport shopping and never seem to get tired of looking at the same thing in multiple shops, I decided that with a 9 hour stop over in Shanghai I should at least try to be more productive. So, when I arrived bright and early on the morning of the 22nd I cleared airport customs and gathered my courage to face the crazy city of Shanghai on my own. Traveling from Pudong Int'l Airport to the city center is an adventure in itself. There is a magnetic levitation train called the Maglev which reaches 431 km/h! To travel the 30 km from the airport to city centre the trip takes a mere 8 minutes! By the time I had gotten on and taken some pictures it was already time to get off... crazy, crazy!
Once in the city of Shanghai I was completely overwhelmed. I had no idea where I was in the city, nor did I have a map. (LOL, minor details!) After asking a few tourists for some directions I somehow made my way to the 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, also known as China's premier shopping street. Nanjing Road is a place which
The Coca-Cola Charm
I needed a little pep-pep before my Shanghai adventure.
has a little something for everyone. From high-end clothing stores to local farmers' markets it is easy to find what you are looking for... and even easier to stumble upon things you did not want to see (check picture of pig's head). I wandered around here for about an hour before catching a cab to the more historic part of the city, where I visited Yuyuan Garden. After reading about this garden, which was built in 1577, I was really looking forward to taking some really pretty "Chinese" pictures, but unfortunately the entire time I was there it was rainy and the lighting in all of my pics rather sucks. That aside, Yuyuan Garden was worth walking through the rain for. Immediately upon entering the gardens I was struck by the beauty of the landscaping. Everywhere you look there are rocks, trees and shrubbery surrounding small ponds, which are all enclosed by magnificent pavilions and halls. The architecture of the buildings within the garden is traditional Chinese, so my visit here really made me feel like I had been to China... even if only for 9 hours. After exploring the gardens and their surrounding areas I decided to head back
The Fine Interior of the Maglev
My adventure begins - riding the 431 km/h magnetic levitation passenger train!
to the city center for a quick visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Centre and then for a late lunch before heading back to the airport for check-in.
Next stop... MALAYSIA!!
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