Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shanghai Part Deux: Our Day Off

 After visiting the Shanghai American School (SAS), one of the representatives took us to the Bund! It was pouring down rain, but luckily I had an umbrella. There was many a debate over whether we should stay, but I'm so glad we stuck it out.

The view was absolutely incredible! Later that night we visited a few hotels and saw an even better view from the top! (My camera had run out of batteries by then, so no piccies. ; A ;) One hotel had a jazz band playing inside and served us tea while we hid from the rain. My tea was called "Strawberry Dream". Delicious!

What troopers! Apparently, my umbrella was for ladies only. Jason and Kazu got totally soaked!

The next day, we took a taxi to see the Yu Yuan Gardens. What an adventure! This part of Shanghai was completely different from all of the skyscrapers we had seen before. The architecture was magnificent!

 Motorbikes everywhere! It's always fun to see a mesh of modern culture against a "traditional" background. (Even though I'm sure these buildings aren't as ancient as I'd like to imagine....)

We didn't eat here. Come to think of it...I haven't been to Dairy Queen is years. The talking mouth ads always creeped me out.
The shopping center was PACKED. No room for "excuse me"... you were literally bumping into someone whichever way you turned. I stuck by Kazu and Jason like a toddler afraid of losing her parents at the mall.

It was such a contrast from the actual gardens. So quiet and serene...we spent hours in here trying to absorb everything.

Wish I could say this was a candid shot. Totally made Jason go back and pose. XD

There were these cool secret rock passageways throughout the gardens. As I traveled through the tunnels, I imagined myself lost princess of some unknown world, making her way back to an enchanted homeland. Please note: The guys were not present for this magical adventure. 
(A la toddler ditching her parents at the mall.)

 Adored these dog statues! (Or lions?) They were all over the gardens...felt like I kept running into an old friend.

 My mystical golden river...or stream filled with pennies.

I have no idea who this adorable old man is...XD

We found a temple inside! Everything is so gargantuan in China!

Gift shop kettles. Wish I could have one some home!

Felt like I could have stayed in those gardens forever, but our day was short and there was so much more exploring to do!

But first...a lunch break!
Traveller's Note: If you're waiting in a long line outside a dumpling shop...the food is bound to be delicious. OR you might have stumbled into an incredibly awkward situation. Either way...that's going to make an excellent story!


See you when we get back! 
Stay tuned for Part 3: The-Currently-Untitled-Adventure.


In the meantime, enjoy this doodle.

I call it What I'm Wearing RIGHT NOW: No Shame Edition.


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