New Old Shanghai
Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
228Trip End Jul 15, 2008
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Opposite the Bund, across the Huangpu River, is the modern part of Shanghai called Pudong. From what we read this area was mostly swamp land until the 1990 when it was turned into a modern up to date city. When we walk along the Bund we can't help wondering what life is like over there with all the tall skyscrapers and towers. So today we are going to explore Pudong.
To get to the other side we take the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. This is a tunnel that runs under the river and little people mover cars take us to the other side. It is a Disney Land knock off. You run through a light show which makes the ride entertaining. At the terminal building on the Pudong side the first thing that catches our eyes is the Chinese Sex Culture and Health Museum. The health part seems to have been added as an afterthought, because there was nothing about health there
From 88th floor we can see the Brandname Shopping Mall a few blocks away but because the weather is overcast the view is not that great for us. But we decide to check out the Mall. This is a huge mall. Malls in China are not those sprawling complexes we know, but vertical complexes. There were about 8 or nine stories connected by escalators and sloping floors. The shops were all modern western brand name stores, but strangely we found nothing to buy. The clothing designs in particular we just a little off and repetitious. Nothing like the exciting fashions we saw in Hong Kong. But on the marquee we saw that there is a Hooters restaurant here.
This evening we took a taxi to visit our new friends Elley and Kay at their elegant home in a gated and highly secured golf course development in Pudong. Kay is from Grand Rapids and has been living and working in China for several years. He uses the name Kay here because it is easier for the Chinese to pronounce. Elley is Chinese and apparently from an upper class family because she told us about vacationing in Borneo
July 14, 2007
Because we are going to spend this night at the party in Pudong we check out of the Astor Hotel and they store our bags while we go off for some tea at the famous Huxinting Teahouse. We also wander around the Yuyuan Bazaar area. This area is more like the China we had been expecting but hadn't found until now. The places we've visited so far in China have all been modern and western, but here are the crowded teaming streets and old rundown buildings of postcard China.