A Travellerspoint blog

November 2013

Lujiazui Circular Pedestrian Bridge and The Bund

We spent just a little time shopping and sight seeing. The mall was near the Lujiazui Circular Pedestrian Bridge. It's a recently built circle walk near the Expo Buildings (the pink pointy space tower) and the aquarium. The walkway was pretty crowded, so I would advise to go and just spend a few minutes photo bombing tourists. It's impossible not to photo bomb because of the constant flow of traffic. It's a great place to get up close to some of the skyscrapers.

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You can also see one of the world's tallest buildings. When I first saw this tower, it gave me shivers. It is the definition of colossal, the way it towers above other buildings formerly known as tall. This building is a beautiful monster, winding it's way through the grass of the skyline and reaching towards the heavens inspiring envy in Babel. It is unforgettable.

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(Food interlude)


I won't post all my pictures from this place, but if you live in Shanghai (or you just really want American food), there's a small NY style deli called Archie B's on the outside of the mall on one end of the walkway. They claim to use meat from Katz in NYC, and I would believe it (in spite of not understand how that would work in customs). We had pastrami sandwiches and Rubens and it completely satisfied all those meat cravings.

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Next stop was Waitan 外滩. It's known as The Bund in all English language tourist magazines, but if you want to make sure the Taxi driver understands you, you had better learn the Chinese name as well. It's a strip along the river bank that is great for viewing the famous Shanghai skyline.

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Posted by Blanchardlawn 16:37 Archived in China Tagged shanghai Comments (0)

More Must-Try Foods from Shanghai

And a little sight seeing

Lillian Bakery is known for it's custard tarts. You can find custard tarts all over China, and Lillian's isn't originally a Shanghai bakery, but it is worth the extra stop in the city. The tarts are wonderful. The custard is a very good traditional custard but the crust is wonderful. Flaky with a little tang (that sounds weird, but tastes wonderful).

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Right next door is a beef jerky and sausage stand which was pretty pricy, but really good for a small snack.

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Next we headed back to our hotel which was right across from a little neighborhood of restaurants and shops.

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Here is one gimmick that I'm not sure about. Movie theaters, take note.

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The next morning, we hit up the closest Shengjian Bao place (Called Yang's) which was in a mall at our subway station. It's a wait-in-line kind of place, even though it's a chain.

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Best mall food ever. Shengjian bao is a lot like xiao long bao except that instead of having a paper thin skin, it has a pan fried skin. Still has the soup inside. It's the best of both worlds. These are JUST as dangerous as the xiao long bao, and maybe even more so because the skin doesn't break as easily. The first time Yun had one, the soup spurted out and burnt his nose. Dangerous foods are the most delicious foods.

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You could order some soup on the side. It was good, but it's really all about the bao.

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Posted by Blanchardlawn 03:13 Archived in China Tagged shanghai Comments (0)

Shanghai Koreatown

韩国城

Our next stop in Shanghai was Koreatown. Like any other big city, Koreans have found a spot to call their own. We took the subway in to the Gubei district for some Korean food.

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You know you're there when the signs start to become tri-lingual.

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After a quick stop at the supermarket, we headed to a seafood restaurant.

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We tried a lot of different things from the menu - most being seafood. Fried and grilled fish, seafood jun, and a seafood soup/stew/hot pot that has a name that sounds like "jungle."

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And you can really get to know a culture by what you find in their bathrooms. Check out the disposable complimentary toothbrushes.

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And one to file under What The...?!?
As we left K-Town, we passed these ads for a new commercial real estate development. We got a kick out of them. Apparently one way to avoid Chinglish on your signs is to plagiarize American magazine headlines. You might just double check the type of magazines next time.

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Posted by Blanchardlawn 19:03 Archived in China Tagged shanghai koreatown Comments (0)

Xiao Long Bao 小笼包

Nom nom nom.

We all know the real reason we spent our vacation in Shanghai. FOOD.

And the dish Shanghai is currently most famous for is xiao long bao, known in the US as soup dumplings. It doesn't matter that traditional Shanghai xiao long bao are not really all that soupy (the name literally means "little bamboo-steamed packages"). The popularity of the soupy kind has made it the dominant bao in Shanghai now. It was definitely on our list of eats.

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The first trick is to decipher the menu. If you have no Chinese speakers, just go for the cheapest bao on the menu (this should be pork). The most expensive should be crab.

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Then you can watch your bao get "bao'ed."

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We went with pork and pork/crab mix. We ate about a basket and a half each (we started with 4 baskets, but I think we went back for 2 more). So delicious and these ones didn't give me a heavy feeling for the rest of the day like some dumplings I've had. They're full of soup and meat, but they weren't exactly greasy.

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Must be eaten with a side of marinated ginger.

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We also tried some of the soup - it's pretty bland, but it does compliment the dumplings.

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If you've never tried xiao long bao before, it's a dimsum style dumpling, but it's made with special filling that basically melts into soup when it's steamed. It comes out super-hot and must be eaten carefully to avoid injury. It's one of our favorite foods and we probably could have eaten them every day in Shanghai. They're not popular in Harbin, so we had to eat our fill on this trip.

The total cost for this luxury came out to about $20 total for a group of four.

Then End

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