China- Shanghai # 3
Following on from yesterday after the tranquility of the lovely garden we walked through a busy shopping area to get to our restaurant for lunch. Many people buy off the street sellers and walk along eating their snacks(see below).Have you wondered how we managed to stay together as a group when we are walking down very busy streets and through markets that are heaving with people! Although we had our Wendy Wu name tags these could not be easily seen in a crowd. Some groups wore coloured base ball caps or had coloured vests or sweat shirts, but every guide had a flag and we also had a mascot on a pole which could be seen from a distance. It's not terribly clear in the picture below but we had a Koala (bottom right hand corner). It is very easy to get separated from the group as people do tend to push their way forward regardless of who is in front of them. We have a tendency to be polite and stand back but one soon learns that doesn't work. In areas like the ones in this picture you have to be very careful of pick-pockets and you are constantly pestered by people trying to sell post cards, fake watches and other bits of tack. Our instructions from the guide was if lost stay put and she would retrace and pick us up. We were all very careful not to get lost.
Behind the building below are the maze of alleyways and shops in the above pictures, there weren't that many people on the main streets. That photo was taken from the glass lift of a restaurant where we had lunch.
The Dragons above the entrance to the restaurant, which was on the second floor, were very impressive. There were more dumplings in this meal but everything was very tasty. I was less keen on the soups which are served with every meal. After lunch we were given some free time to browse the shops. I was much more interested in the street sellers. Below the guy was selling some type of confectionery being coated with sesame seeds.These guys had been dancing and were selling what looked like candyfloss.I saw these fish being wheeled through the street not covered and I hoped it wasn't heading for our restaurant! After all the hustle and bustle it was actually quite nice to get back on the coach and drive to the next place but that's for another day.