Noilly Prattle: Return to Shanghai and beyond

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Return to Shanghai and beyond

     We visited Shanghai in the Summer of 2008 when the city was booming--new skyscrapers in the commercial center of Pudong across the Huangpu River from the Bund, the old British banking and financial concession. 

Pudong and the Huangpu River (from our hotel) - 2008

     Shanghai is a city of contrasts, the old and the new stunningly juxtaposed, the opulent and the ordinary--the glass and steel skyscrapers of Pudong, narrow streets with street vendors and back alleys where people still do their laundry. 

Yuyuan Garden with Pudong skyscrapers in the background - 2008

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai - 2008

     We will be traveling again in China after an eight year absence. After a brief stopover in Shanghai on February 11, we will fly to Yunnan in the southern part of China and stay in Dali, Shaxi, Li Jiang and Shangri-La and return to Japan on April 1. Since the government has issues with some websites such as Google and Facebook and blocks access to them I may not be able to blog or log on to Facebook so may be incommunicado for a while. I look forward to blogging about our trip once back in Japan if I am unable to log on while in China. 

Reclining Buddha, Shanghai - 2008

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