I’ve been busy again. We had a rapid Tour of Shanghai and then the flight home, from where I’m writing this! (Tired but conscious)
We started the day in Shanghai with a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. I love this place because it contrasts the old and new Shanghai, while being a small lake of peace and reflection in the middle of the busy city.
From there, after a short stop at a Silk Showroom (last minute shopping is always popular) we moved on to the Bund, the former Shanghai International Settlement which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River. From the 1860s to the 1930s, it was the rich and powerful center of the foreign establishment in Shanghai, operating as a legally protected treaty port. It now provides spectacular views of the Pudong District which was farmland only 20 years ago.
Shanghai traffic can be exotic by our standards, but over there, nobody blinks!
Next, on to the French Concession area. Located within it is the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China. On July 23, 1921, thirteen members held their first national congress of the Communist Party of China here, marking the birth of the Party.
Finally dinner at the Shanghai equivalent of the Savoy – old, posh and lovely! Outside the restaurant one of the old Shanghai Street Cars has been converted to a restaurant. Nothing is wasted here.
The next morning we flew home, and here I am. Phew! Italy in a week – I’ll take 2 days off and then start work on the prep for that trip.