Nice town but not our town

Trip Start Apr 03, 2013
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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Friday, April 26, 2013

So we are supposed to see Shanghai in one day today???  Think we must be doing every tourist attraction possible!!  First stop though is the hotel for some breaky and a shower.  The bathroom in our room is massive!!!  It has a bath/shower and a separate shower!!!  We will finally be able to do some good washing!!  Which is exactly what we did.  Finally washed our jeans which we worked out have not been washed since Moscow, I'll let you do the math but you can only imagine, they have their own legs now!!  It was quite entertaining, Steve was doing the 'I Love Lucy’ scene where she is in the tub squashing the grapes, but with our jeans.

First stop was the TV Tower which is this massive pole with 3 different sized balls going up the tower.  We headed up to the viewing deck which is the middle ball and 259m high.  Under the viewing deck there is a glass deck, once you get over the fact that you want fall through it is quite cool.  Apparently I missed the main attraction as there was a cruise ship in town and what appeared to be the dancers were there and they were not wearing much and decided to do the splits on the glass platform.  Turned a few heads I am told.  I thought I had seen the main attraction which was a lady holding her little boy and letting him pee into the bin in the ladies toilets!!

Off to the Jade Buddha temple now.  There a few temples in here but the jade is the highlight.  Of course it comes with a story which is about an Indian man who went to Burma and then wanted it carved into Buddha, they told him he needed to go to China as they were the good carvers and off he went.  An old chappy took on the task and he took 3 years to carve it.  When the Indian chappy tried to ship it back to India they got it on the boat and the heavens opened up, so he decided to wait it out and try again.  On the second attempt months later the same thing happened so he decided to stay in China with his carving.

Guess where to now??? China Town!!!  Who would have thought hey, China Town in China?  It does put all other China Towns to shame, that is for sure.  However, it is just another market area in a fancy building??!!  But I guess the Chinese do love everything fake so it works for them.

Off to a garden now, this one was a personal garden in the middle of China Town.  There are loads of little paths to get lost in but somehow they seemed to go around in circles??

After the garden we spent some time walking around the market and getting lost.  We decided to get what we thought would have been some cold rock but the girl couldn’t mash the ice cream so not quite the same.

Off to the Bund now.  It runs along the river and the amount of flowers they have decorated it with is crazy!!  You get a good view of the Finance district from here and the TV tower.  The Chinese made me laugh, we were walking along and got to this one point where they were all pushing and shoving and trying to get a photo with the finance district in the background when they could have just walked 10 meters either side and they would have got a photo with no one else in it??  Go figure hey??  Guessed you get used to having to push everyone aside for everything you don’t know what to do with free space when you see it??!!

Now we are heading to the night light cruise.  First they make us sit in the bus like prisoners, then they let us through so we can sit in the waiting area and finally we go aboard.  It has really dropped in temperature so nice and fresh on the top deck.  They turn the lights on at 6:30 and off at 10:30, apparently it costs about 40,000 Yuan an hour so they are trying to keep the costs down??

After such a jammed packed day it seemed that pizza and bed were the only things appropriate.  However, be warned people, Pizza Hut in China do not do garlic bread or garlic pizza!!  Nor do they know what BBQ meat lovers is, so BBQ Sausage is what we got.
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