Trip Start May 04, 2011
125Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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Francesca is the perfect host for foreign tourist like me. After at least two years in Shanghai and additional time elsewhere in China she speaks the language fluently and has much respect for the culture, which helped me see some nuances with a different perspective
Unlike my previous visit to Shanghai I had multiple days of blue skies which made touring around much more pleasant and gave me a whole new impression of this metropolitan city. Without a doubt it is extremely international with expats abound. One day I visited the Propaganda Poster Art Center located in the basement of an apartment complex displaying cartoon style drawings depicting the cultural history of 20th century China. The gallery was a few rooms full of posters that the government had released over the last 80 years or so, designed mostly to depict the changes in Chinese political views and alliances with different countries aimed to meet the demand of the government while still appealing to the masses. Mostly they portray the greatness of Chairman Mao was always degrading the US and English imperialism.
Another day I pedaled my way over to the one free attraction I found in China, the Shanghai Museum located in People’s Square, before viewing Jing’an Temple on my way to Jade Buddha Temple. I was sure to squeeze in a night viewing of the Bund from the Hyatt's Skybar on the 80th floor before joining Fran for a tasty vegetarian Asian fusion meal. Until next time China...