Friday, May 22, 2009

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.

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9 Comments:

At 22/5/09 22:54, Blogger MarmiteToasty said...

Im not jealous, nope, aint, not....... BLOODY HELL I AM :)

x

 
At 22/5/09 22:57, Blogger ChrisB said...

Marmie it was a wonderful experience, I do realise how lucky I am :)

 
At 23/5/09 07:59, Blogger Pamela said...

tell me about the smells ...

 
At 23/5/09 08:05, Blogger ChrisB said...

Pamela that will come but here it wasn't at all bad.

 
At 23/5/09 09:39, OpenID daffy said...

Wow! I'm loving your trip Chris and the photographs are amazing. The world is huge and diverse and it needs to be seen. For those who can't visit at least they can share your amazing journey! Looking forward to more! (Go on then! Get typing! ;o)

 
At 23/5/09 14:38, Blogger ChrisB said...

daffy I'm processing photos at the moment-trying to gather them in from others who were on the trip. There's masses more to come - you'll be fed up come the end.

 
At 24/5/09 06:07, Blogger WT said...

To those not in the know, it may seem strange that they used a stuffed koala in China, but the reality is, that's where they all come from! It's only the real leaf eating ones that come from Australia.

 
At 24/5/09 13:44, Blogger Beccy said...

I hope you got plkently of time to look around and weren't just concentrating on not getting lost!

 
At 26/5/09 03:38, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

For as big and busy as the city looks - from your pictures it looks very clean!

 

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