Our 1st stop was a silk factory and I finally gave into the urge to shop - buying two duvet covers. By this time, many of my fellow travelers and begining to anxious check their luggage and discovering they're going to have to buy an extra suitcase.
After lunch and shopping we headed to The Bund. Shanghai appears to be a western city - as most of the guides reminded us. It doesn't have the history of Beijing or Xi'an. It was a fishing village located at the mouth of the Yangzi River. But nothing about it appears western to me. It's a big international city and has been active in the overseas commerical market for 200 years. Shanghainese at the core, are Chinese who have drawn the best from the cultures around them.
The Bund is european - you could easily be on a street in Paris or London. The views to the new city are magnificient as is the wall of flowers.
Today is 11/11 - a very lucky day in China; lots of wedding parties were taking place
For lunch we headed to The Old Chinese City (Nanshi) - too many people for me. Yu Yuan Old Town Bazaar area is surround by 3-4 story buildings that twist and turn like a maze. Being the week end, it was mobbed with people and the noise was deafening.
Fortunately, right off the bazaar is the Yu Yuan (Yu Garden), completed in the 1500's.
Between the crowds and the walking - I'm beat and am starting to think about home. I'm not used to the 8:30AM - 9:00PM touring days. Philip and I tend to get up early - take a break in the afternoon & then go out and about a little later. I think it's called "siesta time." Still...I wouldn't have missed this trip for anything.