We went to some city built on water that was like an older version of Venice. There were cats carved everywhere… After that, back to the bund where we were yesterday. The overcast skies actually cleared up today and I could see blue! After some picture taking, we went to dinner in a mall and back to the bund afterwards for some night pictures of the most famous spot in Shanghai. This was the last day of my trip. Unfortunately, I had to fly back to Vancouver the next day and hopefully not be jet lagged for work.
Went around town checking out the local attractions. Well, mostly checking out the Bund. The architecture is very diverse. Some of you may know that Shanghai is an international business city. The population is diverse and the the buildings reflect the different peoples that live here. You’ll probably notice that many of the buildings are very european… that’s because they built them long ago. I didn’t think the humidity could get any worse but today, it was raining when we stepped out. When the rain stopped, the sun took over and all the rain that was on the ground started to vapourize. It was trying to breath over a pot of boiling water.
After another day of walking, I noticed that my feet were really swollen. They were like really plump, retaining a lot of water. Must be the humidity… For dinner, we went through these old alley ways that were transformed into hip urban shops. I can’t believe the crazy amount of white people hanging out at the bars in this area.
Day 12 – Another day at the Expo, visited Canada’s pavilion. Once again, misty throughout the day and poured again by the end of the day. The air just can’t hold that much moisture I guess..
We’re finally going to Expo 2010! There was basically only one way in and that was via subway. The Expo pass also doubled as a subway pass, there were a number of stations that brought you directly to the convention site.
Nearing the end of the trip… well, there’s still 4 more days to go. On day 10, we traveled via plane back to Shanghai for the World Expo 2010. We spent the morning flying and landed in the afternoon. In Shanghai, we stayed with my cousin Susan in a fairly big condo. A condo that would probably cost somewhere in the million dollar range in Vancouver. There’s a view of the river and the riverboats. Anyways, after we got settled into the place, we went off to a market, had a late lunch of KFC prawn burgers and went back home.
Day 9, we went to the emperor’s summer palace. I actually enjoyed this place because it’s not like the the other palaces I’ve been to. The summer palace was built into the side of a mountain so there’s rock everywhere. Afterward, we went back into town only to find it pissing rain. We took shelter in a shopping mall and ate in some Taiwanese noodle joint. We stopped by a bakery in the mall for some snacks for the next day before we went back to the condo. We needed the buns because the next day was another travel day. We were on our way back to Shanghai for Expo 2010!