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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)

Shanghai Trip

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We travelled to Shanghai during the Fall Festival (known as golden week in some areas). Having just been to Shanghai in the summer, I had come to realize that Shanghai is a great place for tourists. My complaint in the summer was that it is hard to find the "heart" of Shanghai and to understand what makes it unique, but my realization was that the beauty of Shanghai is its approachability compared to other Chinese cities. It has everything a Westerner could miss, plus some great things to see and do. Because of the holiday, we expected a lot of crowds, but in general, it was not as crowded as it had been in the summer.

Our first stop was a shiny looking dim sum restaurant. We had the obligatory Peking duck (I wouldn't recommend it here, the skin had no crispness to it).

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The coolest thing about this place was the genius idea of putting a disc of cooked carrot at the bottom of the steamed rice flour dumplings. Normally these babies stick to the bamboo or parchment paper and you have to either use your fingers to peel the paper off, or you have to have some help from a neighboring eater. With carrot discs, no stick, no fuss. large_blogshanghai0003.jpg

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Our next stop was at a famous park area called Xujiahui.
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We didn't actually go into the park, but the surrounding side streets are full of fun looking shops where everything is 10 Yuan (about $1.60)

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We also sampled some of the street food. The "stinky tofu" is especially famous in Shanghai, so we tried it. It was...well...it's not as scary to taste as it is to smell. The smell is a little like sour milk and rotting vegetables mixed together. I'm not sure how it ever gained the popularity that it has, but the flavor is a little like fried tofu with Korean bibimbap sauce or a sweet chili pepper flavor.

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Our last stop for the day was at a Hunan style restaurant in the Shanghai Zhabei Stadium.

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This dish is mountain yam which is slimy root with very little flavor. It's covered in a berry sauce. It's popular at a lot of restaurants as an appetizer.
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And this fungus has the unfortunate name of Jews ear. The name is supposedly not as horrible as it sounds. The original name was Judas ear because legend has it that Judas hanged himself from the type of tree on which they grow. I don't know. It made me feel a little funny when I saw it on the menu. I had never eaten these in the midwest where I grew up. I've had them a few times in Hawaii, but they are really, really popular (and inexpensive) in China.
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And finally, the fish, which was delicious. It had two types of sauce. The red was the green tasted like a really good tomatillo. The red was more of a chili pepper flavor.
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After the dinner we went outside to watch the lights and water show. They have this show on the hour and it was really nice (and free). It made for a really enjoyable evening.

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Posted by Blanchardlawn 23:01 Tagged shanghai Comments (0)

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