Dec 31 2012 | 1 Comment
DAY FOUR – SHANGHAI
First off most of you will be reading this on New Years Day – So from all of us to all of you a Happy, Healthy New Year!
Yesterday was our first day in Shanghai. To say this city is massive is an understatement. While I have been in some of the world’s largest cities nothing quite feels like this, and I suppose that is due to how spread out it is, though so is LA and Mumbai, the density, but it has nothing on Calcutta; perhaps it’s the size of the buildings and way seem to have been planted next to each other.
There is very little old left, every now and then nestled amongst the skyscrapers is a tiny street or enclave. Now, admittedly we have seen little of the city, but that is what we’re picking up.
Don’t ask why….but we started the day at the Shanghai Jewish Museum. My friend Lynnda Blitzer said this was a must see, and I thought we might get it in at some point. But when I came down to breakfast Glenn said it was our first stop. We do have history of spending New Years in some form of Jewish Museum. Last year we started the New Year at Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam. The year before we spent New Years Day in Daniel Lieberskind’s extraordinary Jewish Museum in Berlin. So, of course I guess we would start out our stay in country that is home to one point billion Chinese and three thousand Jews with a stop at the Jewish Museum.
It’s small and touching, a memory for a time when Shanghai excepted Jews during World War Two when much of the world turned them away. Of course in forty-seven they all left.
The best part about being there was we ended up on an old street that seems to have been left intact. So we wandered.
We had a game plan written out by the hotel. We had a taxi we kept all day. Next stop was a part of town where I don’t think we saw everything we were supposed to. It’s not easy finding things and most people don’t speak English so you just sort of fly by the seat of your pants. We do get those Luxe guides with walking tours and we always wind up lost.
Yesterday we did find our way to Yu Garden…OK,we did not make our way to the Yu Garden. We could not find the Yu Garden, though we were in the vicinity. However we did make it to City God’s Temple which if we had made the right turns would have taken us to the Yu Garden.
While we lost the garden we did find an outdoor market that was in front of a modern mall. The best of all worlds and typical of the new China.
Lucy who does know how to read a Luxe guide found what was reported to be the best dumpling place in Shanghai, so we made our way to a food mall where after a lot of wandering we found the dumpling place, the tell tale sign that it might be the best was the forty people in line waiting to get in. So we found a bun place, where lucky for us the buns looked a lot like dumplings.
In the afternoon we thought we were going to a neighborhood called the French Concession. We ended up in something called Xin Tian Di. Which we thought was the French Concession though today we decided it was not. It is however a spot where they took over some of the old classic buildings of Shanghai, cleaned them up and put in a bunch of trendy stores and Starbucks. Tons of young people walking about all doing the same thing people now do all over the world, drink expensive coffee and stare and their smart phones.
We are not big on New Years. It was too cold to go out and way too crowded. Many years we are asleep by midnight. Last night was not exception. We ate in the Chinese restaurant in the hotel and called it a year.
Again, no time to proof…Running to Shanghai Museum. A resolution – fewer blog typos in 2013!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM SHANGHAI!