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... of familiar shops and cafés making it identical to cities across the world. We left pretty quickly for the backstreets to find more local and unique shops, and I led the way to somewhere I'd seen in the guidebook. Suzhou Cobblers hand-embroiders and makes traditional Chinese silk slippers, so I treated myself to a pair, despite them being more than a bit outside my budget! A restaurant just up the road served for lunch, ...
... that had a 1930's Beaux Art. The Rockbund Art Museum is a neighborhood anchor, as is the Peninsula Hotel and the former British Consulate General. The grounds of the former Consulate are park like and the building robust, you can only imagine the high times in the the late 19th century and into the early 20th century.
We beat the crowds to the Shanghai Museum only because we took two hours during the mid-day lunch hour. The museum ...
... we also tried a lot of restaurants – Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Honkong food, dumplings… And we probably went every day to Starbucks to have a Frappuccino or iced coffee to cool down.
The ladies also enjoyed Chinese massage (Stéph will probably never go for any other massage again) and had manicure and pedicure to pamper themselves.
That was the first part of our holidays. The second part will ...
Yuyuan garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. It was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.
In the 400 years of existence, Yuyuan Garden had undergone many ...
... to both. On our last day we also wandered to a very swank part of town. It's near the postal museum and it's off the main road down what look to be back alleys but what are actually cute little streets with boutique shops and restaurants galore. We splurged and ate at a highly rated Thai restaurant. When we first got there we were fortunate enough to witness a woman losing her ish over not getting her check fast enough. She started yelling and making a scene and when ...