June 8 Shanghai, China

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Lulu in Shanghai, China

” A smile is your passport into the hearts of others.” Chinese Fortune Cookie

When I was in high school and an exchange student, I traveled extensively throughout Asia: Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan. Mainland China was also on my itinerary but this was June, 1989 and it was going down (politically) in China at that time and I wasn’t allowed to go. I finally made it happen and happen it did. I had a whirlwind tour of Shanghai today. I visited Old Shanghai, The Confucian Temple, had a tea ceremony, visited the French and British Concession areas of the city, went to the fabulously beautiful Yu Garden, ate 8 Surprise Duck for lunch, went down to the Bund Waterway, saw the second tallest building in the world, visited a silk factory and learned all about silk worms – got to hold them and also help make a silk comforter, got lost, almost missed my next flight, rode the very confusing subway, met some very kind, friendly people and almost incited a riot in the airport between several taxi drivers who all wanted to drive me. You know, just an average day in the life of Lulu.

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Kerry Hotel, Pudong District, Shanghai, China
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Kerry Hotel, Pudong District, Shanghai, China
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High-rise neighborhood, Shanghai, China
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24 million people live in the city of Shanghai
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24 million people require a buttload of high rise buildings
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Chinese version of the PJ’s ? Hella people live here, ya’ll.
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Very Overcast Shanghai
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Nanpu Bridge, Shanghai
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At the Cheng Du Bei Lu and Yan’an Lu intersection there lies a dragon in the pillar, a legend worth reading about here
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Olympic Torch from 2008 Shanghai Olympics
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Fu, Lu, Shou = Prosperity, Blessings, Longevity
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Shanghai Alleyways
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Alleyway
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I like alleyways, what can I say?

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Shops and a lady feeding her child at a very small table on the street
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Confuscian Temple, Old Shanghai – Chinese lions are common at the two sides of an entrance. I am pictured with the male ( he is always holding a ball and always on the left as you exit the building). The female is always on the right (because women are always right, duh and always holding a baby lion because VaChina)
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The entrance to the temple and my tour guide waiting for me
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Historic bell at the Confucian Temple
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Dragon
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Confucius say “Man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok.”
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Confucius say: “Man who scratches ass should not bite fingernails.”
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Inside the temple. Confucius say “Man with head up ass, can’t see for shit.”

 

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Selling candles and incense for prayers
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At the Temple of Confucius, people write silent prayers on yellow paper and burn incense, light candles and hang them here or on trees, to make the prayers come true. Many parents were there on this day because Chinese students are completing final exams this week. Parents were praying for their children to do well on tests and get into a good college.
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Me in front of the trees with prayers
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The Silk Museum and Factory
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Baskets of silk worms in their silk cocoons
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Silk Loom – unravels silk cocoon made by silk worm and it comes out as one continuous string of silk which can be used to make clothing, sheets, comforters
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Silk from the Queen Silk Worm is a double cocoon and is not made into string. The queen’s double cocoon is left puffy to make comforters. Watch me help stretch a silk comforter below.
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Shanghai Tea Ceremony- the teas were delicious
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Jasmine Tea dried
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Jasmine Tea steeped – it blooms into a lovely flower, it tastes yummy and smells divine
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Dried tea
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Tea tester cup – so tiny and cute!
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Tea
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Teapot Museum
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Teapot Museum
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Teapot Museum

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The British Concession – the British part of the city
LOST AF
Lost AF
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Finally made it to the subway! Bye, bye Shanghai!
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