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Shanghai: Day 11, Part 6 – Dinner and a Show

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When we arrived at the hotel for dinner, a clamor for the small elevator ensued. We had eight bodies crammed into this inadequate space, but something wasn’t right. Someone piped up Sue was missing. The rest of us continued on the restaurant (7th floor stop), and Jackie returned to street level to find her. At the last minute, Sue had decided to change her shoes on the bus and hadn’t noticed we’d all left.

DINNER:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Tomato and egg drop soup
  • Noodles (delicious, cannot guess flavour)
  • Potatoes with chicken in dark sauce
  • Sweet and sour chicken balls with red and green peppers
  • Eggplant in some kind of sauce
  • Breaded fish
  • Thin, pizza-flavoured crescent biscuits
  • Baby Bok-choy
  • Cut up orange for dessert

(Can you believe I hadn’t taken a picture. Yes, I’m surprised as well.)

Dinner finished by 5:45 p.m. but the bus wasn’t due until 7:00 to take the group to The Plaza at Shanghai Center Theater (10 minutes away) for the 7:30 Acrobatics Show. Sue and I took our time walking up and down Nanjing Road West, as well as some side streets to kill time (the opposite direction of our afternoon shopping).

We came across a shop named I Found guessing this might be a second-hand store, but didn’t enter to investigate. I don’t know if they have used clothing stores in China. Why wouldn’t they?

I can’t recall if this was some kind of educational building / center we passed. Railings surrounded it about every six feet alternated with six or eight feet of brick wall. In the railing, which looked like a gate, tiny 3-inch flower pots had been packed in tight, row on row, between the railing up, down and across. What a stunning presentation. I’ve never seen flowers grow perpendicularly.

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

Bone weary and foot-swollen, too long on our feet for one day, we stumbled back to the hotel to meet the rest of our group. Already it was dark. I mentioned to Jackie, our guide, I hadn’t noticed gas stink or big city smell from the many cars on the busy road–no smell of pollution at all. “See,” he said, “you can’t believe everything you hear.” The statement sounded defensive. Hmm.

The Plaza at Shanghai Center Theater is an impressive building. Masses of buses and hordes of people surged forward well and without incident. The numbers were mind-boggling. We were one of umpteen tour groups in attendance. I asked Jackie how often the theatre had a show. Every night tourists crammed the 990-seat theater to the rafters. How many tours, I wondered, visit on an constant basis?

Images Plaza at Shanghai Theater:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=images,+the+plaza+at+shanghai+center+theater&rlz=1C1EODB_enCA562CA564&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=WDVdVIXJHoqtyASqmIBo&ved=0CBwQsAQ

We had first balcony, first row, center seats. Fabulous. Someone asked Jackie about the cost of the tickets. Depending on the seating, between $56.00 to $116.00 Canadian per person, he said.

The 90-minute show consisted of an astounding dozen acts. Other than Cirque de Soleil, you’ll never see such fluid, seemingly effortless movement, amazing costumes and attractive performers. Among them:

  • A young lady in a giant hoola performing graceful moves inside them:
© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2014 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

  • Unicyclists
  • Jumping through hoops (See YouTube below)

  • A wordless comedy sketch
  • A grown male and a young boy, supposed, toys did awesome contortions, again fluid and dazzling. Control of movement and upper body strength were the major players. (See YouTube below)

  • Female (sea nymphs) performed underwater dances. Talk about smooth as liquid pouring into your glass
  • A mature woman wearing a top with tight lace sleeves closed the show flicking card hands all over the stage and into the audience. Her set closed when she tossed multitudes of oversized playing cards onto the stage. On and on. Where had they been hidden? How did she do that?

The Bund in the distance, as seen on the way back to the hotel:

Special note:

I’ve written we saw no pollution. Check out this blog. This lady has been living in Beijing for some time. Her story is a little different from mine. Maybe we simply lucked out and missed those bad days.

http://herschelian.wordpress.com/

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Next on November 21: Shanghai, Day 12, Part 1 – Flight to Wuchan

For more related posts, click on China tab at the top of the page

© 2014 All Right Reserved TAK

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

103 thoughts on “Shanghai: Day 11, Part 6 – Dinner and a Show

  1. Us mature woman can be tricksters 😉 glad you found Sue and enjoyed the show.
    Perpendicular gardens are quite common here especially if you have a blank wall, small space. Hook up trellis, cut plastic bottles in half, put hole in top at the side of the bottle, hooks to hang up, plant and before you know it a colourful wall of hanging flowers, this is from someone who can kill a plastic plant. 😀

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  2. I would have enjoyed this day. I absolutely LOVE Cirque de Soleil and have seen it six times here in Orlando. They have so many shows in so many places, but I have heard the Vegas show is tops. The dinner sounded good too. Umm.

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  3. The flowers look more tasty than much of the food you’ve been eating.

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  4. I tried to comment on your last post but couldn’t so I am going to combine….It always amazes how some people when they go places, their first impulse is to shop. LOL…I wanna see stuff, eat stuff, check stuff out….The Chinese Acrobats as you have seen, are beyond world class. and have been for ages. I remember seeing as a child, at some exhibition, two twin girls…one riding a bicycle, the other on top of her head, head to head with only a hankie separating them, arms outstretched as the bottom sister pedaled around and around. I think they like to keep the finance areas and culture areas very clean and inviting and also, to entice the wealthier Chinese to live in that area and make the area richer. I think if you had gone to other areas, you would have noticed quite a difference. but I am glad you got to see the nice areas and those flowers are amazing. What an idea!!! Crowds in China and Japan are always very well controlled – they are so tightly packed in places, they develop a type of “barrier” courtesy. ride in one of Japan’s super packed bullet trains and you will see it in action there as well. I am enjoying your trip and pics, and observations.

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  5. I love Chinese acrobat shows. We’ve went to a few. We try to catch them whenever we see one come our way or when we’re traveling. What they can do with their bodies amazes me. My joints hurt just watching them!

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  6. Tess… i’ve got to tell you, i’m downright relieved that you finally got to do something that involved sitting down. I have to soak my feet after your travel logs. 😀
    This sounds like a perfect day. And i’m so glad you missed the infamous air pollution. Hugs! ❤

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  7. The flower wall is fascinating. I was just watching a program on how they do that, then saw your post. Your trip was very interesting Tess, I love reading about it. 🙂

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  8. What a great day. I am still smiling at the comment someone made that they were glad you finally got to sit down. I wanted to say the same thing. 🙂

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  9. Another fun-filled day. By Day 11, I’d kill for a good book and a quiet corner.

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  10. Did someone say “sit down?” NOT our Ms. Tess!!!

    And I’m fairly certain I overheard a rumor that they turn off the smog machine before visitors arrive, just to give the illusion that it is smog-free.
    ~~ssm

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  11. My feet are beginning to hurt on your behalf. Poor Sue to get left behind. Gulp!

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  12. What a day! Good thing vacations are not on going! You need a rest from you vacation.

    I have to say I was highly impressed with the acrobats of those two young men. Holy Moly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was AMAZING!

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  13. Always artistic, creative and energetic blog!

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  14. The show must have been incredible to see live. Those guys are so strong, wiry and flexible, I’ve never seen anything like it!

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  15. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Although no official Reblog Saturday, I will not be missing out on favourite posts that are a regular feature. Such as our chairside journey through China with How the Cookie Crumbles – Shanghai in all its glory and a trip to the theatre. Thanks Tess for taking us along.

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  16. In the main, did you enjoy the food on your trip? The show sounds like a lovely way to end a day of achy feet! 🙂

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  17. Reading this makes me want to visit Shanghai.

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  18. I love the ‘wall’ of flowers, such a great idea

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  19. Those flowers are intriguing indeed. I’m guessing they grew them up wire attached to the wall? I’ve seen a Cirque de Soleil and was mesmerised by it so I can imagine this show was very similar by your description. Again, bet you were glad for the sit down :/ That is interesting about the pollution and your guide’s ‘defensive’ reply. As you say, another story when you get the other side of it. Thanks again Tess for another enjoyable post. I still can’t over all you did during your time there 😮 Have a great weekend 😀 ❤ 🙂

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  20. The father and son team were amazing.

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  21. Remembering back, I’m not sure you ever had time to sleep! They kept you busy!

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  22. Great pictures – looks like a fun show! They have to be in amazing shape!

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  23. Sounds like you dodged a particularly smoggy bullet, thank goodness.

    And dang, that looked like a pretty good show!

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  24. The show sounds like great fun. As for the building with the wall of flowers – how beautiful!

    You do always hear about the pollution in China; I’m glad you were able to enjoy your trip without experiencing it. 🙂

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  25. Another packed day, although at least, as Teagan says, some was sitting down. Wall of flowers wonderful. I’m sure the pollution was in its best behaviour for you…

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  26. Love your ‘entertainment’ reports Tess! 🙂

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  27. what wonderful trip! and I am going to link on the blog you noted – because I am curious about the difference – 🙂

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  28. My feet were swollen by this blog as well just living vicariously through your travels. The performers were superb, especially the acrobats. Glad to see recently that China and the US agreed to deal with environmental issues together because even though they turned off the smog machine when you were there, they know that air pollution has gotten out of hand.

    Leaving through your trip via your posts has been fun. When and where is your next trip? You can’t stop now! 🙂

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    • I would LOVE to plan another trip, but so many places to choose. I’m looking for another bargain. 😀

      You liked the acrobats? Of course. Have I a surprise for you all. It isn’t trip related but you WILL be mesmerized.
      S-o-o-n.

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  29. , , ,oops, I meant to say living through your trip . . . that’s what I get for writing in the dark (hubbie has gone to sleep and I am catching up on my favorite blogs).

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  30. Oh, what fun! You make me miss traveling so much. Thanks for the post and thanks for following me on Cold 🙂

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  31. Fantastic shows! What a wonderful time you had! Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the acrobatics of the two clock people. It sounded like a clock, right, the ticking? Incredibly agile and wiry and talented people they are.

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  32. The grand sights…
    The whole schedule thing sounds a bit stressful to me: I prefer doing things spontaneously, or not, as the case may be.

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    • True. I’ve never been on a toured holiday. In the end, I got the best bang for my buck. We saw more than I would have managed on my own and once it was over, I appreciated all that running around. It did slow down by cruise time.

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