Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hot summer trip: Shanghai Day 2

Day two in Shanghai, we woke-up early continues exploring this city. Weather in Shanghai still smoking even early morning at 7.00am, which is bad for skyline photography.

Am I in Shanghai or London?

We walk back to The Bund, hold it with litter information finding our next visit place: Shanghai Yuyuan Garden. Its some international brand stores along The Bund, in older time people named Shanghai as The Eastern Paris, meaning that Shanghainese fashions taste is good as French people living in fashion capital. But after one and half day, we hard to see fashion diva walking on the streets, is a bit disappointed about The Eastern Paris.

Dolce & Gabbana's store at The Bund

Armani's store in very European building just few block away from D&G

After almost one hour walking, we finally found the place. Time still early for visit the garden, so we having our first breakfast at one of the older restaurant in Yuyuan. Again, Shanghainese dumplings is on our menu list.

Shanghai Yuyuan Street

Lots of shops around Yuyuan Garden

Ling Po is one of the older restaurant in Yuyuan area

Shanghainese dumplings

Ling Po restaurant's famous...

Yuyuan Garden, a 400 years old famous classical garden in Shanghai. The Inner Garden is compact and exquisite, and the rocks, pavilions, ornamental ponds and flower walls, is a nice place to finding a atmosphere of oldies Shanghai.

Back to oldies Shanghai...

Inner garden, but for me is very huge...

I will get lost if staying here with huge garden

Our next visit place is a American style Shanghai Outlets Mall which need to taking a bus ride from the station near Shanghai Stadium, while we get out from metro station, we get lost direction for the bus station. In the middle of confusing, I asking for help from the police officer or even the Olympic officer (Shanghai Stadium is one of Olympic games stadium), but all give me helpless answer with coldness unfriendly face, we keep round and round the area for more than half an hour found the bus station. Unfortunately, they stop service going to the place we want...

What really make us disappointed as a Olympic game city, the human relationship, tourist information facilities still not friendly for tourist as another cities.

La Tour, sound like French restaurant but selling fusion foods

With no another choice, malls around city center is our final destination. The foreign brands in China is 30% more expensive than the city I live, now I totally understand why China tourist crazy shopping during the trip. We end up at Pudong on evening with tired walk, because of done not much on shopping, we decided spending a bit more go for luxury buffet at the La Tour restaurant having our dinner there with nice Pudong view.

A last night for Shanghai...

Luxury buffet only cost RM64 per person...

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