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Shanghai, Day 10, Part 2 – The Bund

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Away from the stalking (however polite) salespeople at the embroidery shop, we headed to a different lunch experience. The atmosphere had a cafeteria look and feel, and the tables were banquet-hall length and communal. The following links show better than I can tell.

 Mongolian BBQ:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/105702458

 Preparation of BBQ:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_barbecue

Lunch finished, I visited the Ladies’ Room. Again the washrooms were opposite each other. I recognized the door I wanted by a high-heeled shoe decorating it and the Men’s by a black smoking pipe. When I prepared to wash my hands later, I found myself at the sink between two Chinese men. Putting my hands beneath the tap, I expected it to turn itself on. Nothing. The man on my right snatched my hands into a firm but gentle clasp and placed them opposite the sensor’s eye. Afterwards, my ever helpful minder noticed my indecision regarding the exit and with a gentle nudge, pointed me towards the nearest one. I imagined him shaking his head thinking I was a silly westerner.  

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles (Our cruise ship)

After lunch we headed to The Bund, the financial district with the famous Shanghai World Financial Centre (shaped like a bottle opener) and many other unique and grandiose structures. Jackie purchased tickets for our afternoon cruise on the Huangpu River, which divides Shanghai in half and is about 70 miles long. We cruised among barges transporting sand, coal and lumber among others for a good hour or so.

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

It was Sunday and a long weekend (Tomb Sweeping Festival). The walkways and pedestrian areas were full of visitors. I understand during any good weather, The Bund is a popular place to spend the day with friends.

The Huangpu River, The Bund Pictures and Nanpu Bridge:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=huangpu+river&rlz=1C1EODB_enCA562CA564&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=sUlBVOiLLfHlsATUhYLABw&ved=0CEEQsAQ&biw=1242&bih=585

Sue didn’t want to sit outside on the top deck because she thought it would be too cool and windy. I followed her inside to the main floor and we were surprised to be alone. We grabbed a table in a snack area marked V.I.P. Ever observant, we then noticed a doorway leading to the cruise ship’s bow, enclosed with wraparound windows. We couldn’t believe our luck. No-one to bother us, cushy chairs and our own private ship. Within seconds an attendant came in and we were forced out and ended up outside anyway. To the untrained eye I suppose we didn’t have that V.I.P. aura.

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© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

Sue didn’t want to sit outside on the top deck because she thought it would be too cool and windy. I followed her inside to the main floor and we were surprised to be alone. We grabbed a table in a snack area marked V.I.P. Ever observant, we then noticed a doorway leading to the cruise ship’s bow, enclosed with wraparound windows. We couldn’t believe our luck. No-one to bother us, cushy chairs and our own private ship. Within seconds an attendant came in and we were forced out and ended up outside anyway. To the untrained eye I suppose we didn’t have that V.I.P. aura. Insert Image #486, 487, 489, 498, (The Bund, the cruise, moi and our cruise ship) © 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

Shanghai Quick Facts:

  • Population 23 million
  • City is 6,800 square kilometres
  • Communist party began here in 1921
  • Home of silk
  • Beginning of silk road (trade: tea, pearls, jade)
  • During Hun dynasty, you could find a good horse here, an Arabian
  • 14 subway lines, over 500 kilometres long

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Next on October 24, Shanghai, Day 10, Part 3 Old Bazaar and Other Shoppinng

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73 thoughts on “Shanghai, Day 10, Part 2 – The Bund

  1. I love going on your journey with you! Thanks for sharing ❤

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  2. I wonder if you’d greased his palm with some dough if he’d have let you stay in the VIP section. 😉

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  3. That’s quite a city. It’s nice to see you Tess!

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  4. The anecdotes are ever refreshing…. I guess the attendants must have hawk eyes or something similar……

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  5. Glad he showed you the ‘sensor way’ I can just see you and sue trotting out of the VIPS area and unfortunately yes they probably tut tut at a lot of things us westerners do! You look cold lovely. Hugs x

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  6. What do you mean you don’t look like VIP’s, of course you do he was simply blind to your importance. That is quite the meal, I love Mongolian B, simply love it! Love the pictures, city looks fabulous.

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  7. I can’t believe the attendant didn’t recognize you as a VIP! I chuckled at the washroom scene. A similar incident for me in Italy where someone kindly pointed out the tap controls on the floor. 😊

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  8. Ha! So much fun to live vicariously through you and your shenanigans.

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  9. Loved the photos.

    Your sensor faucet incident reminded me of the first of the same I saw many years ago. My mom and I were at a rest stop on the interstate highway. Some Asian woman kept putting her hands under the faucet and…nothing. She tried a few with no luck. My mom stuck her own hands under the faucet and got it started for the Asian lady. Of course, once my mom’s hands were gone, the water turned off, even with the Asian woman’s hands in place. Funny, the things that stay with us.

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  10. The population of their city is nearly a third of my whole country, the mind boggles… fascinating..

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  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We continue our journey through China with How the Cookie Crumbles and on Day 10 reach the magical city of Shanghai – star of so many novels and films….. great trip and I am enjoying very much from the comfort of my office chair…

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  12. So few men smoke pipes these days – the WC sign is so inappropriate.
    I would have let you stay in the VIP lounge. I once gatecrashed a first class lounge on a Greek ferry but no one said anything!

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    • 😀 😀 😀
      I agree about the pipe. Come to think of it, I don’t believe I saw anyone smoke even outside. Certainly there were no cigarette butts on the ground. Nothing on the ground anywhere. Very clean.
      We stood out like sore thumbs because there wasn’t another soul inside. No place to hide.

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  13. Thanks for sending us on these fantastic journeys.

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  14. If YOU don’t look VIP then I’d like to know what a VIP looks like!!!!!

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  15. Glad to hear you got some tomb sweeping squeezed in there. That guy who showed you the way out of the WC? A spy. There to make sure you weren’t collecting state secrets. He passed the word on to your ship -a couple of rowdies on the way.

    Score on the weather. What a great day to see Shanghai.

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  16. I’m still confused by the hand-washing. How’d a man end up in there? BUT–he was very kind, to show you how. I have had that experience with faucets in public places. No one’s offered to show this idiot visitor how to make the dang thing work!

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  17. Such a different culture isn’t it? I just can’t imagine that happening over here as in the ‘washroom incident’ but nice of him to lead you in the right direction. He was quite handy to have around then…bad joke, I know, I can hear the groans 😮 I still can’t get over how much you did during your trip. In some ways, the views from the river of the financial district remind me a little of London from the Thames. So fascinating seeing Shanghai through your eyes 🙂 ❤

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  18. I have no idea what I really thought Shangai looked like but not exactly like that. Thanks again for taking us with you!

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  19. I’m a bit late, but am glad I caught up with the tour! Sounds like a fun trip – and I’m not just saying that because I LOVE Mongolian BBQ (which I do)! Years ago my husband and I visited my folks when they lived in South Korea. Rest rooms were one of the biggest adventures – my mother prided herself on knowing where the western facilities were on any given route!

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  20. Tess this is all so amazing I really want to do this tour but I know the husband would not!

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  21. Tess you succeeded in making me feel like i was there again. Each of your travel posts for this trip is so different from the one before. Truly an amazing journey. Hugs!

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  22. I can’t believe you were thrown out of the VIP area! Shaking my head … impossible! It is hard believe Shanghai has more people living in it than the whole of Australia! Although it is spacious around here ☺ It sounds like a fantastic city!

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  23. Shangai through your eyes is a different Shangai. I’m discovering it again 🙂

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  24. Those buildings look like some kind of large theme park façade! The washroom thing made me smile, there are so many different ways of turning the water on in different places, it’s not always easy to figure out! I saw one of your commenters mentioning a floor control for the water – they have that at one of the theme parks here in the UK (I seem to have theme parks on the brain today), it’s a foot pedal down at the floor that you would really never see, everyone has to be told the first time, and then you find yourself being the one to tell others about it when you see them waving their hands around the basin trying to make it start! The one time I did feel really silly though was fairly recently, I was waving my hands around trying to locate a sensor somewhere and someone had to point out to me that it was just an old fashioned faucet that you have to physically turn on – you just don’t expect those anymore in public washrooms! I did chuckle to myself, it was like I was some alien who had come down and had no idea how to operate basic things!

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  25. Great photos once again! And you are definitely VIP! The attendant just didn’t realize it. 🙂

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  26. I don’t look very VIP either, but at least you had the guts to try.

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  27. Thanks again Tess, I love reading about your trip 🙂 ❤

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  28. Your photos are amazing.
    It’s always a bit disorienting to be in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar customs – but it’s made even stranger when the language has a different alphabet and the written word can’t provide any clues!
    .. and yes, I’ve walked into men’s rooms accidently. Once it was the men’s locker room at a swimming pool. The 18-year-old me was more mortified than the laughing men in the changeroom.

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  29. Fascinating tour! Thank you for making it so interesting. I almost felt like I was there with you.

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  30. “To the untrained eye I suppose we didn’t have that V.I.P. aura.” – I can’t think what gave you away 😉

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