Scenes.From.Shanghai – April.2011

This was my second time going to Shanghai.  The first time (read here), we went with a bunch of friends as a quick tour of China.  On that trip we tried to do all the touristy things.  This time, however, it was more for family (Jay still has quite a bit of family in Shanghai).  My main goal was to just get lost and explore.

where.we.stayed

Motel 168.  NO.873 Xin Cun Road.  We stayed here because it was close to Jay’s grandma’s apartment.  We walked to her apartment every morning to have a small breakfast and coffee before deciding where to head out for the day.  The motel was okay… nothing special.  The bed was flat and hard and the walls were thin.  We also got a little flyer under our door every evening advertising escort services.  Does that gives you a little hint about the clientele in this motel establishment?

our room at Motel168.

our room at Motel168.

what.we.did

  • Like I said, we did a lot of getting lost and exploring Shanghai.  I used this trip to practice my photography skills.  I’ll just add the pictures here for you see.
Tian Zi Fang is an artsy part of the French Concession.  It's also known as Taikang Road or Taikang Lu.

Tian Zi Fang is an artsy part of the French Concession. It’s also known as Taikang Road or Taikang Lu.

a little shop we found while getting lost

a little shop we found while getting lost

at the Shanghai Museum.  We went because it was FREE.  It's huge, but I'm not a museum kind of person and I got bored.

at the Shanghai Museum. We went because it was FREE. It’s huge, but I’m not a museum kind of person and I got bored.

an alley way.

an alley way.

this is Jay's old stomping ground.

this is Jay’s old stomping ground.

Nanjing Road.  A tourist destination for shopping.  It was super crowded and I got super irritated!

Nanjing Road. A tourist destination for shopping. It was super crowded and I got super irritated!

an artsy photo

an artsy photo

We went to this building called 1933.  It is an old slaughterhouse converted into retail space.

We went to this building called 1933. It is an old slaughterhouse converted into retail space.

the building is pretty deserted (small shops and restaurants here and there) so it seems a little eerie.

the building is pretty deserted (small shops and restaurants here and there) so it seems a little eerie.

it does make for some nice photos though.

it does make for some nice photos though.

another artsy photo

another artsy photo

we didn't eat here, but the guy in the window made for an interesting photo

we didn’t eat here, but the guy in the window made for an interesting photo

Dongtai Road has stalls of antiques.  Very interesting, but we were warned that it may not be authentic.

Dongtai Road has stalls of antiques. Very interesting, but we were warned that it may not be authentic.

we found this man making green onion pancakes right on the patio of his house.  He's been in the business for over 30 years.

we found this man making green onion pancakes right on the patio of his house. He’s been in the business for over 30 years.

what.I.thought

I enjoyed this Shanghai trip so much better than the first.  It wasn’t a rush, rush, go all over the place feeling.  We basically hung out at Grandma’s house in the morning, then headed out to different parts of Shanghai and just walked.  We walked all over the place with no map or anything.  It was great!

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