Today the post is about Shanghai where I had the opportunity to travel and spent a week there.
Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world.It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2013. It is a global financial center and a transport hub with the world’s busiest container port.Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.
In Asia they called Shanghai as the Oriental New York, in the last two decades Shanghai has been one of the fastest developing cities in the world, also the commercial and financial center of mainland China, here is the Chinese ‘’ Wall Street’’ that definitely looks like the one from New York.
There is even the same bull as in New York.
In this future city, the 2014 nominate best picture of the year ”Her” takes place , where is a futuristic city.
The Yu Yuan Garden is a Buddhist Temple in the middle of the giant city, where people go in the middle of the day to mediate and relax in a sometimes stressful city.There are also a lot of Typical Chinese stores selling everything from toys to jewelry and restaurant (which if you are not open to try new food, it could be a mistake to eat there).
You can also get one of the ‘’magic teas ‘’ they help your skin, prevent of diseases, get you calm, and many more things that the Chinese girl didn’t know how to translate in English.
Jade Buddha Temple is also a really nice place to go, is the oldest Buddhas Temple in Shanghai from 1882, but destroyed during Warring periods. The present structure was built in 1918, It includes the Hall of Heavenly King, Mahavira Hall, Jade Buddha Hall, Reclining Buddha Hall, Kwan-yin Hall, Bronze Buddha Hall, Buddhism classrooms, guest rooms, religious offices, and a dining hall for monks.
Also my parents that were trying to embarrass me in front of the Chinese people.
The Shanghai old town will make you “thank god tradition still alive, despite Shanghai economic boom’’ We were taken here to go to the silk market, which was crummy, so we spent the rest of the time walking a round in a very authentic Chinese architecture. You will find many Chinese food court, the smell is not the most pleasure in the world, but as a good traveler I feel obligated to try the food.
This was the sparrow that I tried, I have to be honest that I liked, but it has a bit unusual flavor, if you have stomach problems, I would not recommend it to you.
A good option is also to get the bus tour on central of Shanghai it is around 15 dollars and you go to many touristic places around the city.
So this is Shanghai, a XXI century city that doesn’t stop growing without losing the roots and Chinese culture. There are so much more things I could post and talk about it, but you have to see with your own eyes. I hope you guys liked.