I‘ve been in Shanghai the past few days with my sister and friends and while we’ve been sweating our little pork buns off in the hot, humid heat, I’ve had a warm welcome and learned so much about the food, culture and oh yea, the government. It’s not exactly blogger friendly. In fact, blogger, Facebook and twitter are all blocked! Luckily, my friend was able to let me onto his computer that has some secret access. It’s too complicated for me to explain, but blogger works.
Here’s pics of our first few days exploring the city and trying not to melt. Welcome to Shanghai….
It’s So HOT! ~ The past few days are really hot and humid so we bought these traditional hats at the water town which really helped shade our faces and were a nice contrast to our ultra-touristy Cali-based City Supply T’s
Water Towns ~ We explored a water town our first day which are old fashioned villages built on the canals. Families turn the downstairs portion of their houses into little cafes for tourists to sit by the water and drink tea or buy souvenirs, pigs feet, etc
Our good friend Ryan is with us and he’s fluent in Mandarin so it’s definitely helped navigating the city
My sister Jody and I trying to handle the heat and exploring this Water Town
Midday in Shanghai ~ The view from our hotel room. There was a typhoon the day before we arrived
Street vendor food
Hey Little Froggy ~ Last night we had a traditional meal with every type of food including prawn skewers and frog which is seen sizzling in this pot
The Fake Markets ~ My friends and I were taking a little break at a cafe after spending 2 hours at one of the “Fake Markets” in Shanghai. These places are full of faux ”Prada” purses, Dr. Dre Beats, and Hermes handbags. These markets are INTENSE! I’ll share more about that adventure next time and how to handle the bargaining if you ever go there. That little Tory Burch purse on me is from there. This 4 story market has every single item you could imagine impeccably replicated and sometimes overstock from the factory. They actually have secret hidden doors where you walk behind and find stacks of LV purses, Celine, Marc Jacobs and everything you can imagine!
Shanghai Filter ~ There’s an unintentional photo filter which is a mix of humidity and cigarette smoke here. While smoking indoors is part of the culture; I realized how pampered our lungs are in California where you can’t smoke indoors. Thankfully, my wimpy little internal organs are slowly adjusting night by night.
It’s been great meeting new people and experiencing new food and culture during my first time visiting China. Have you ever been to Shanghai?
It will also be nice to get back to the US so I can also catch up on blog time. See you later this week