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Travel Blogs from Shanghai
... you they're all 'genuine' - in name and material - not. When I queried one lady about whether a bag was leather, she held a cigarette lighter next to it. But she knew I doubted her still (i.e. not about to fall for it) and said: look lady, you go, you are wasting my time. :-)
One place showed me how you can easily take off the fake Mulberry label or whatever. There are even optical shops and all of the frames I saw in the first few shops were copies too. ...
... a period of over 100 years of extreme pain.
Between 1839 and 1989, China suffered from the effects of foreign
imperialism coupled with massive government programs that forced first
the mobilization and then the centralization of its people. Programs
under Mao not only killed millions of people, it also stopped all formal
education of Chinese people for nearly 20 years. Anyone who possessed a
degree or had been ...
... to string instrument repair! This town has a district for everything!
As abruptly as I'd realized my viola was broken, I found myself in a back alley of the French Concession full of tiny repair shops. Like watching a mesmerizing snow globe, I peered into dirty windows and saw women crouched under staircases working on cellos and men in 4x4 shops tuning violins. I double checked the business card and knocked hesitantly on ...
... Nacho and Silvia were also great! Thanks to them my beer belly has grown a bit, but we met some very neat people like 'Kris' the Dane, Maria and San Marcos, the Argentines
and others. It was very interesting to see 'pinche' Shanghai through the eyes of these lovely people, as Silvia would say.
I guess we picked a good city to start our Asian adventure. Shanghai has an interesting story, a bit of the west thrown in there. We ...
... after haggling, of course) and so far we have bought boots (rain and normal), watches, chopsticks, laptop speakers, a backpack and much, much more. Also, we have local friends Sophia and Lolita who took us shopping near People's Square last night. It was scary the amount of shoe and clothing stores that are near by us here in Shanghai!
More to come, I promise! Email us and keep in touch!