Shanghai 2011

Shanghai in misty rain

Vietnamese food one night in Shanghai

Shanghai 2011, a set on Flickr.

We were gladly Shanghai’d in October. The weather was warm, muggy and mostly sunny for the best part of our stay. On a previous trip in 2007 we really only saw the Bund and the Shanghai Museum. Both are fabulous but this time we decided to try to see some other things. We crossed the Huangpu river and spent a day in Pudong, the futuristic new high rise neighbourhood.

Our accommodation was at the cozy Magnolia B & B in the French Concession off Huahai Middle Road with easy access to the Metro and many sights, galleries, shopping district, markets and regular neighbourhoods.

As usual, food features highly in our travels and we were treated not only with great Chinese food (how many different ways can the Chinese cook eggplant? I love them all), we also indulged in an evening of excellent Vietnamese as well as a few rounds of Lillian’s famous custard tarts. This Shanghai branch of a Macau bakery was awarded the Portuguese Flag at the Shanghai 2010 Expo!

Shanghai is an exotic mix of Olde Worlde Chinese and European cultures and has world class shopping, transport and eateries. If I had to live in China, I think Shanghai would do nicely…

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