First day in Shanghai

1/6/11

The view of Pudong from the Bund.
Walking along the Bund. It was freezing and windy. 
 A lot of people still ride scooters and bicycles despite the freezing weather. We saw a lot of them riding with these mitts attached to their handlebars. Pretty smart, but just thinking about riding in that weather makes me cold.
Views from our friend Kevin's office on the 63rd floor. The tall buildings go on far into the haze.
We had dim sum at this amazing restaurant on New Year's Eve. It was located on the fourth floor of a department store, in the men's department. We had to wait about 40 minutes to get a table, but it was worth the wait. 

We're a couple days late in posting about our New Year's trip to Shanghai, but it's better late than never. I would have taken more photos if my hands weren't so cold and immobile during this trip. They stayed in my pockets as long as possible. The weather in Shanghai was so cold, like the kind of cold that hurts your bones. Jeff and I have coats here in Singapore, but I had to buy ear muffs and gloves to tolerate it. Despite the freezing temperatures, Jeff and I were happy to spend New Year's in cold weather. Although we've never spent a New Year's in a place as cold as Shanghai, it felt appropriate.

Jeff's friend from college, Kevin, was a very gracious host and showed us a fabulous time for New Year's. We enjoyed Shanghai exponentially more than we would have if we attempted to explore it ourselves. There's something really refreshing about waking up in a new city for the New Year; it seems so fitting. Or maybe that's just our wanderlust talking.

More photos to come over the next few days. Stay tuned! 

11 comments:

  1. dumplings, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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  2. the pics are terrific!!!
    and re: the urban sprawl...totally. yuck.!!!

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  3. Mmmmm cold. I remember when my mother dragged us to Beijing in -15˚C. Good times, good times.

    I haven't been to China in quite a long time, even though my dad was born and raised in Shanghai and goes back quite often. I'm just scared of all the people, the crowds, the extreme cityness – more than enough here in Singapore! (And also put off by all the awkward dinners with my father's friends where they exclaim loudly about how big you are for the first 5 minutes and then proceed to completely forget you exist for the next 2 hours.)

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  4. By the way, it gives me a real giggle that your "Jeff & Flora: Living in Singapore" header pics are actually NOT of Singapore! Hehehehe...

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  5. @Kirsten the crowds in Shanghai make a crowded MRT station here feel like amateur stuff. There are sooo many people there; it makes Singapore feel like a small town.

    And it's funny you mention the header, because Jeff said "I bet most people won't even notice those photos aren't from Singapore." Haha. I think we're going to change our header out more often, so I guess having a Shanghai header is alright for now. ;)

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  6. Love the new header @Flora. (And Singapore is small town compared to Shanghai ;). I wonder how Shanghai compares to other mega-cities like Bombay and Mexico City. I've been to the former at least a dozen times and it overwhelms me every time I return.)

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  7. I haven't been to Shanghai...it looks so different from Beijing....your gorgeous photos, as always, make me want to go.

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  8. Shanghai looks very interesting...like the mitts on the handlebars...anything to keep the hands warm in the cold...used to get dim sum in China Town in NYC...delicious!

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  9. Head north to Beijing and then tell me about the cold. =)

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  10. Well earmuffs aren't very Singapore! Hehehe...

    My dad would probably love it if I went to Shanghai, but I have such a dread of crowds! I'm already too stressed out about Singapore as it is.

    I do prefer Beijing to Shanghai, though.

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  11. those buildings make city life in the states seem like a lil playground. those are some serious skyscrapers fren. is that fog or smog?

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