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Shanghai Airport

Shanghai Airport

I was fascinated by this. The Shanghai Airport is incredibly new and modern. But next to the "left baggage" counter, two men were standing on this old-fashioned brick wall, and demolishing it with hammers while a third man swept up the bricks and dust as they fell. The wall and the workmen looked so totally out of place in the ultra-modern airport that I had to grab a picture of the process.


Oriental Pearl Tower at Night

Oriental Pearl Tower at Night

This was the view of the Oriental Pearl Tower as we arrived at our hotel (Oriental Riverside) last night.


Lane and Linda at the Oriental Pearl Tower

Lane and Linda at the Oriental Pearl Tower

This morning we actually went up in the tower, all the way to the third "bubble"--350m high. I took this outside right before we went in.


Bronze Elephant

Bronze Elephant

This bronze elephant was actually a wine vessel. It's huge! It was made nearly 3000 years ago, which is mind-boggling.


Lane in a Fountain

Lane in a Fountain

The fountain is behind the Shanghai Museum of Art, which was quite wonderful.


Dim Sum in Yuyuan Market

Dim Sum in Yuyuan Market

This was an amazing feast of delicious treats...everything you see here came to about US$10. The pork dumplings in the top left corner are a Shanghai specialty (Nanxiang xiaolongbao)--and they were amazing. Just below them on the left is deep fried pineapple. The bird-like items on the right-hand tray are squirrels. (No, I didn't try them. There are limits to my adventurousness.)


Lane stretching silk fibers

Lane stretching silk fibers

At the silk factory in the Yuyuan Market, Lane got to help stretch silk fibers for comforters. Yes, I bought one--and a silk cover. My biggest splurge of the trip.


Sunset View from Hotel Room

Sunset View from Hotel Room

Our room in the Oriental Riverside Hotel overlooks the Huanpu River and the Bund on the other side.