The People’s Republic of China was founded on October 1, 1949, the same day my parents got married. Coincidence? Today, it means Tim gets three days off work. And we went to Shanghai. We toured, we ate, we walked – pretty typical of our Chinese weekends. We ventured to the Jinmao Tower, next door to the Shanghai World Financial Center. We experienced the observation deck with views of Pudong and beyond from the 88th floor, even a view straight down the center to the 55th floor hotel lobby.
One of the most amazing things about Shanghai is the sheer number of people. Start with 23 million and then add the tourists. On this particular weekend, there seemed to be a lot of people interested in us. Lots of photos taken of these weird foreigners. And a first – a woman asked if we would take a picture with her child. When I said yes, she handed me the 4-year old then stepped away. Somewhere in China, friends of hers are looking at these two weird foreigners holding that lady’s child. Awesome.
We visited the YuYuan (Yu Gardens) area along with about 25,000 other people. On the first attempt, Tim practically begged to leave. So we tried another day and were so glad. Less people, better weather. What an amazing place. If you ever visit Shanghai, Yu Garden is a must. The building features are stunning, along with the ponds, fish, and foliage. It was first established in 1559 as a gift from a son to a father. It has been occupied by Imperial troops, the British Army, and Japanese occupiers. Today, it is five acres of ponds, rockeries, courtyards, carvings and beautiful spaces. Enjoy the photos.