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Day Trips from Shanghai: Sheshan Park and Surroundings

Day Trips from Shanghai

Well folks, we are continuing on exploring and adding (somewhat) new destinations to our Shanghai living experiences – working out various day trips from Shanghai.

In this posting we will cover the trip to Sheshan (佘山) Hill.  

How to get there?  Take the number 9 metro line headed to the south part of the city – in the direction of Songjiang (松江).  Once you reach the Sheshan stop – disembark and look for a taxi just outside of the metro station.  Ask the driver to take you to any of the Sheshan Hill entrance gates.  We had a ride to the North gate as it was easier to get to according to our driver — the others apparently were more congested.  Admittedly, we visited during the Chinese New Year (the day after) hence the crowds were large …

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This is the North entrance to the Sheshan Hill park

Once you get to the gate – proceed to enter — there are no tickets.   Here is a gallery of some photos from walking through the park.   There are a lot more of these – I will publish them in an Amazon eBook shortly and will add a link on this blog.   It was very interesting to do some people watching while at Sheshan Hill – the day after Chinese New Year was sunny and relatively warm, which helped.

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Resting before the next leg of the Sheshan Hill climb
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The roofs of Sheshan Hill
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Time for a picnic
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The crowds on the day after Chinese New Year were large…
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The Basilica at Sheshan Hill
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The newborn enjoying the Chinese New Year outing
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Happy girl celebrating Chinese New Year with an outdoor fun chasing soap bubbles

There were tons of kids chasing soap bubbles and overall having fun

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Sheshan hill has also a sizable bamboo grove…

Have a great trip!

                                                       

 

 

Chinese New Year in Shanghai

Chinese New Year

China, Chinese New Year, LanternShanghai is one of the best places in the world to experience Chinese New Year… Why you may ask?  Because here, in this city, you have the opportunity to see both the old and the new traditions associated with this holiday.  

As I mentioned in my earlier posting, Shanghai becomes relatively empty during the New Year holiday.  As a result you have to “fight” with significantly fewer people when going out to check out the various happenings.

Here is one of the good options for experiencing the celebration in a traditional local way – pay a visit to the Longhua Temple in Southwest Shanghai.   The temple is located at Long Hua Road – in Chinese characters it is 龙华路853 

How do you get there?  Obviously, taking a cab to the address listed above is one – easier- way, but I would suggest to get on the number 9 line and just head to the Long Hua Road metro stop.

Going to this temple will allow you to see the Shanghai people in action – payers are in full swing, tons of special prayer envelopes and banners are being handled and of course you get to see and hear the sounds of the festival.

The temple bell is also omnipresent – striking it is a symbol of the new year, and also a method for chasing away the evil spirits.   As a result we heard the bell multiple times while at the temple on the 16th of February – New Year’s Day – in 2018;

Here are some of the photos we took from visiting the temple on the first day of the New Year of the Dog

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The Pagoda…It has seen a lot over the ages…

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I believe my wife and I took a photo at this pagoda back in 1990…
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Praying for good fortunes throughout 2018

 

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The temple gates
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Of course, the burning of prayer envelopes is well supervised by real firefighters….
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More of the Temple Gates

                                                   

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The red lanterns were pretty much everywhere
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Do you think there are enough lanterns here…?
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The mystic temple entrance gates…Spooky…!

Well, in the future, if you are planning to be in Shanghai for Chinese New Year, and have some time on your hands, you should plan to explore the Longhua Temple…!

Shanghai – More Snow, More Cold

More Snow, More Cold

Shanghai has more snow, more cold coming….It is getting less exciting and more difficult.   Why?  I do not associate Shanghai with cold and snow.  

Also the taxi drivers are not exactly cooperative when the weather is bad – they develop this great fear of driving or even taking passengers.. 

Oh, well … So, today, the snowfall continued.   Not great for going out…but at least interesting to see

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Xujiahui Road – from high…Snow keeps falling

 

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Huangpu district in the snow
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Xujiahui road
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No, this is not a blurry image….The snow flakes are big
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More snow flakes
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Old Shanghai in the Snow
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More of old Shanghai in the snowfall

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Yesterday the sky cleared enough for some good photos
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Mobike in the snow in Shanghai
The Pearl Tower in the Snowfall
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The Robot is yelling…”…Whaaat? Snow?…”
There is no snow day without a snowman…a Shanghai street
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Snow falling over Liujizui in Shanghai

Shanghai Sunny Day Equals Good Views

Shanghai Sunny Day

Having a Shanghai sunny day is not a frequent affair in the winter season here….so when it happens it is a great opportunity to take good photos and enjoy the views.  

Here are some photos I have taken from the Wanda Reign on the Bund – a hotel with a terrace bar on the 21st floor, which offers good vantage points into both Pudong and Puxi directions.

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Pudong Liujiazui View from the terrace of Wanda Reign at the Bund
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Beautiful View from the terrace of Wanda Reign at the Bund

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Sunset over Pudong

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See Pudong from the terrace of Wanda Reign at the Bund
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Beautiful View from the terrace of Wanda Reign at the Bund
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View towards Puxi from Wanda Reign
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View of the Bund from the Peace Hotel, Nanjing East Road

The last photo is actually taken from a different place – the 7th floor of the Peace Hotel on East Nanjing Road in the city.  

For more on Shanghai, living here, and trips to surrounding places, you can also check out the Amazon eBooks here

Enjoy!

Sanya Trip: Haitang Bay Waves Photos

Haitang Bay Waves

Some of the more exciting experiences when visiting Haitang Bay in Sanya is to take long walks along the beach and observe the Haitang Bay waves, enjoy and take tons of photos.

Which I did.  Here they are some of the photos… The rest I will keep uploading every so often.

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Haitang Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island, image taken with Nikon

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Waves at Haitang Bay, Sanya, Photo taken with NIKON D7100

 

Ping me for the larger resolution of the images.  Here are more postings on Sanya

Sanya Trip – Series of Postings – Contrarians Views

Sanya Trip

This Christmas holiday our family spent a lot of time thinking about what trip we will take – and the winner turned out to be the Sanya Trip.    How did we come about it?   Well there was a lot of anguish and debates.   We polled a large number of our acquaintances in Shanghai… Where should we go

  • Vietnam?
  • Thailand?
  • Southern China? Sanya?

The unanimous feeling from the crew was that we must escape the close to zero (early in the morning) Celsius temperatures of Shanghai and find a more pleasant (read warm) weather in the southern parts of the Northern hemisphere. 

The condition the family put forward as a very important one was the length and ease of flights to our desired destination…

So, Sanya was a clear winner in that regard.  However, many of our friends told us “you should avoid Sanya….it is overpriced and overrun with tourists…”

 Well, we decided to play the contrarian card – and chose…..wait for it…. Sanya,

In the following few installments on this blog I will share our experiences with summaries and photos.   Here are some of the initial images to give you an idea….

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Haitang Beach, Sanya

 

Beijing Snapshots – Xin Ao Shopping Center and Around

Xin Ao Shopping Center

If you are in the area of the Beijing Olympic village you may want to visit the Xin Ao Shopping Center.  The area is a good place to go walking and get some city sightseeing exercise.  The shopping mall is actually sort of hidden under an artificial lake.  The address is No.9 Hujing East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

The shopping mall also includes some very good restaurants.  I ate in the Yunan Food restaurant (Yun Nan Cai) — worth the visit.

How do you get to the mall?  You can take the number 8 metro – the metro station exits right in the shopping mall – very convenient.   Parking is available on the near by surface streets. 

In the evening while walking around I took some photos and then took some from my hotel room – I stayed at the near by Intercontinental BeiChen hotel.

The area outside of the mall is very lively in the evening – you can encounter people dancing, singing…all sort of group activities.  Great people watching overall….

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Fengjing Ancient Water Town – Good Day Trip from Shanghai

Fengjing Ancient Water Town

China, Shanghai, FengjingFengjing ancient water town is one of the ancient water towns within a day trip from Shanghai.  The history of the town is very long – per some of the local people, the town is about 1500 years old.  Some of the references I saw on-line desrcribed it as one of the gate towns to Shanghai.  The streets in the old town criss cross old houses, restaurants and tea shops.  Probably the main attraction that we saw (at least) are the canals that create the old city – the interesting houses being built all around the canals.

Fengjing is certainly much less visited by tourists – while Qibao is much easier to access, Fengjing is significantly larger, and much less over-run by tourists.  Let’s put it this way – during our visit on October 6th, we saw only one obvious foreign tourist in the area.  I am sure there were plenty of tourists overall, but all in all, it is one of the off the beaten track locations.

China, Shanghai, FengjingThe local folks sell tons of food items – it appears frog legs are a major specialty here – we did not dare try, but tons of other folks did not hesitate as far as we can see…

Folks art is a big thing in the area.  I did not care too much for it – but if you like it, there is plenty of it.

 

 

In terms of getting to and from the city – here are some instructions – hopefully useful for you to use:

 

The town is easily reachable via metro and bus.  The town is located approximately 60 kilometers southwest from downtown Shanghai (e.g. Jing’An district).  

Instructions to get to Fengjing Ancient Water Town: 

  • Travel on metro line 1 to Jinjiang Park station
  • Exit either via 1 or 2 North exit 
  • Turn left and walk to the bus terminal – the name is West Meilong Bus Station
  • You need to get to a ticket window and buy a ticket for the FengMeiXian bus line – the ticket is 12RMB and you can use your Shanghai Metro card to purchase it (or use cash)

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  • The bus takes about 55-65 minutes based on how heavy traffic is
  • Once you reach Fengjing, the bus will drop you off infront of the Ancient Town.  You can then walk to the left of where the bus drop you off or to the right and in both cases bypass the visitor center and walk into the Ancient Town

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  • On the way back, you need to remember to walk back to the same spot and look for a city bus with a sign (unfortunately in Chinese – Jin Mei Xian – this is a local city bus which can transport you to the town main bus terminal (you pay 2RMB as you get on that bus, you can use your Shanghai metro card again) – at the main terminal you will get back on the Feng Mei Xian to travel back to Shanghai.
  • The bus will stop at the Lianhua Road Metro Line 1 stop – or you can stay on the bus all the way back to the main terminal in Shanghai and walk back to the Jinjiang park metro stop

For a photo gallery of our day in Fengjing, please follow this link to the Travel Photo Blog.  

If you want to take on the iPad or your other mobile device a book with more on Fengjing – here is the link to it on Amazon.com

                           
  Thanks!

Jing’An Sculpture Park – a Pleasant Place in Shanghai

Jing'An Sculpture Park

If you are going to the Shanghai Natural History Museum, you will very likely stroll through the Jing'An Sculpture Park.  It is a pleasant oasis in the middle of the hussle and bustle of the busy Jing'An area of the city.

China, Shanghai, Jing'An, Sculpture ParkThe park provides a nice setting for both leisure strolls and exercise.  As you walk or run through it, you can admire the interesting sculptures in it — please see the photos in this posting

This park is located at the intersection of Beijing West Road and Shimen 2 Road.  It is also at the Natural History museum stop of the number 13 metro line.

There are tons of trees in the park as well as of course the sculptures of all sort and shapes – some of them pretty whimsical (in my opinion)

This morning, during my morning run, I took a bunch of photos.  Several of them are below in this posting.

One of the big uses of the park is for morning exercises.  Go here around 7, or 7:30am on the weekends, and you will find groups of folks doing all sort of TaiQi.   Then there are the groups of sword dancers – the old grannies are well organized and moving in unison… I come across to do my monring runs as well.

Enough said, here are some photos to give you an idea…

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More Art
 
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Lawn with Sculptures

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Nanxiang – Old Street and Wrap Up

Nanxiang Old Street

Visit Nanxiang and you will have quite a nice experience.  According to local history, Nanxiang is the birthplace of the famous in Shanghai and all over China, xiaolongbao.  These are the small soup dumplings made with pork or crab filling.  They are great!

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Then there is the Old Street.   Interesting place, of course packed with people, but nevertheless very interesting.  My family and I walked the street and encountered many kids playing and of course all the old China architecture you can absorb.   This town is certainly a good place to visit for multiple reasons

  • Easy access — via metro line 11
  • The main landmarks and places to visit are within easy walking distance from the metro station
  • Great food!  Did I say xiaolongbao?  Of course I did – the dumplings (no matter whether they originated here or not) are extremely tasty…

Here are the next set of photos from the trip here:  

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If you like some of the photos, you can find a whole lot more on the Photo Blog pages here… Enjoy!