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.
This was the view of the Oriental Pearl Tower as we arrived at our hotel (Oriental Riverside) last night.
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.
This bronze elephant was actually a wine vessel. It's huge! It was made nearly 3000 years ago, which is mind-boggling.
The fountain is behind the Shanghai Museum of Art, which was quite wonderful.
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.)
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.
Our room in the Oriental Riverside Hotel overlooks the Huanpu River and the Bund on the other side.