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Shanghai

I’m writing these new posts from my parent’s house in Mesa, AZ. I’m hoping to get completely caught up while we are here in the US for the next week. I only have about 3 weeks of travels to cover in that time and we didn’t do much in Shanghai.

Why?

Because we were tired of being on the road and we were even a bit tired of Chinese food. I love Chinese food but sometimes you just want to have a meal that doesn’t require picking bones out of your teeth, white flourescent lights and yelling.

Sometimes you just want western service, a glass of wine and maybe some nicely prepared pasta.

We also gave up pretty much any sightseeing and spent our time with family. Whatever time we had left was spent shopping (Kelly), watching the Mariners on mlb.tv (tim) and wandering the streets at night (both of us). We even caught Star Trek in the theater with our cousins.

But we did have some very proper meals here, starting with a very formal one in a private room and floor located in a nice hotel (they love massive restaurants here)…

Here we are with family - the starters out on the table.

Here we are with family - the starters out on the table.

Extreme Close-up - tofu

Extreme Close-up - tofu

Lotus Root

Lotus Root

A horrible picture of wonderful braised pork

A horrible picture of wonderful braised pork

Turtle!

Turtle!

Sea Cucumber Anyone?

Sea Cucumber Anyone?

Classic Shao Long Bao - Shanghai Soup Dumplings

Classic Shao Long Bao - Shanghai Soup Dumplings

Das familia

Das familia

The egg tarts in Shanghai were awesome. We bought them pretty much everyday. Here, my little cousin tries to help me buy about 30 of them that we can take to his parents as a present for having us over for dinner. Much laughing by the staff ensues…

That night, his father made us a meal at their condo..

Then we looked at old photos and played some Mahjong.

Getting my butt kicked my two old ladies and a twelve year old...

Getting my butt kicked my two old ladies and a twelve year old...

And wow, if you thought Beijing had a pollution problem, you ain’t seen Shanghai. On most days it is impossible to see the sky, In the following pictures, understand that these were cloudless, sunny days and that gray layer is that of the pollution.

A walk through an old neighborhood

A walk through an old neighborhood

Posing for a picture

Posing for a picture

If you look closely, you’ll notice dd (the 12 year old) is drinking chu-hi, which is basically a wine cooler made from shochu, a japenese rice liquor similar to vodka. No. We did not give him this – his mother did and yes, his face did turn red after.

My favorite place in Shanghai?They make the best Shao Long Bao that we tried – better than a the famous places we tried. 65 cents for 4 dumplings and we ate there 3 times…

The most efficient process in China

The most efficient process in China

Pot of dumplings

Pot of dumplings

The delicate process of eating a soup dumpling...

The delicate process of eating a soup dumpling...

Extreme Close-up : Shao Long Bao

Extreme Close-up : Shao Long Bao

On our last day in Shanghai, we took the Maglev train to the airport. The Maglev is the world’s fastest airport train – by far. It hits a top speed of 430 kmph (268 mph) and the whole 30 km journey takes less than 8 minutes. In fact, the train only hits its top speed for about 20 seconds before it has to start slowing down again.

Now had this train been built by the government, i would not have taken it – but it was built by Siemens. whew.

Shanghai was our last stop in China and while you might have heard me complain a lot about China, it really is a country not to be missed. The size of the people, country, food and sights is overwhelming and not like anywhere else we’ve been. One day I would like to come back and do the trip from Lhasa, Tibet to Nepal overland – but it will have to wait until another time…

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One Response

  1. THE FOODS, they look so good. *drool*

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