Sightseeing in Shanghai (this is our 100th post!)

1/9/11

We visited an area of Shanghai near the Yuyuan Garden, which was pretty touristy and crowded, but fun nonetheless. The Chinese architecture of the area was quite contrasting to the Western architecture we saw along the Bund and across the river at Pudong. I took a few photos before going to the garden and then my camera died. My phone didn't capture any great photos, but as soon as we left the garden I bought another battery for my camera and resumed shooting.
Our friend Kevin told us that this was a wishing tree, and you could pay to have your wish hung from one of these lanterns. 
It looked really beautiful. I love seeing the bright red and gold decorations for Chinese New Year.
Before we went to check out the garden, we had a traditional Shanghai breakfast of dumplings. 
This food was so delicious! I want to find a place that makes good dumplings like these here in Singapore.
This woman was making the dumplings for the restaurant patrons to see. 
The view from the restaurant of the zigzag bridge. I told you it was crowded. 
Most of the souvenirs sold in this area could be found in Singapore's Chinatown.
 Yu Garden was built in 1559 and covers an area of two hectares. We covered only a fraction if it. 
Left: a door in the garden, right: Kevin and Jeff in part of the garden called "The Rockery."
Kevin ordered some stinky tofu. To me, it tastes like it smells. I'm not a fan, but apparently one of our neighbors here in Singapore is because I can smell it every once in a while.
 Jeff waiting in line for some deep-fried crab. It was pretty good.
 More beautiful red lanterns for sale in preparation for Chinese New Year. And lots of bikes.
We ended the day with a meal at a restaurant that served Manchurian cuisine, from the Northeastern part of China where Kevin's family is from. The food is very different from Chinese cuisine. It is made with a lot of hearty ingredients which can be preserved to last through the harsh winters. For example, one of the dishes we had was a stew made with pickled cabbage. It was all very delicious and it was a cool experience to learn about where Kevin's family is from. 

See those little brown things in the photo above? That's cicada larvae. You pick them up with your chopsticks and eat them in one bite. They have a smooth texture inside and a crunchy outside. I actually enjoyed them very much! 

7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics! I can't pick my favorite! And congrats on your 100th post! I am not even half-way there ;).

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  2. @Notabilia, thank you. You'll get there in no time! That's how I feel looking back.

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  3. Oh I LURVE DUMPLINGS. Steamed, fried, whatever. It's like an obsession for my family.

    We should totally go have dumplings! Imperial Treasure (if that's what it's called) at ION isn't too bad. And there's always Din Tai Fung, or Crystal Jade Shanghai that are pretty good. :D

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  4. i know of a couple delicious dim sum spots with awesome dumplings here!

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  5. You are much braver than I am, not sure I could try the cicada larvae. It looks amazing though!

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  6. @Kirsten yes let's do it! Which reminds me, we should have another meet up soon.

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  7. OMG!!! i'm so excited you tried bugs :o) what was the flavor like??? you gotta try the bees in viet nam- the larvae were a lil bitter but the actual bees had a taste like a flower scent, tasty :o) awesome photos fren :o)

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