Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
Trip End Apr 15, 2011

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

As I write we are slowly making our way through dense industrial development along the Huang Pu river approaching Shanghai.  We have had two days at sea attening lectures on Chinese history and architecture of Shanghai, a cooking demonstration and a couple of naps and lots of book reading.  It is cold here and Ken is sitting on the balcony observing  lots of barges filled with coal and other stuff.  We have both commented on how we never thought we would ever come to Shanghai.  Spring has arrived here, despite the cold today and many of the trees are beginning to show leaves.  We can now see the skyscrapers of Shanghai. Tonight we are going to do Shanghai by night and have dinner in a restaurant after a few hours exploring, tomorrow to a 5th century town, Suzhou.

To begin our evening tour we went to the top of he Jin Mao Tower in the area known as Pudong, across the river from where our ship is docked.  The observation deck is on the 88th floor.  The elevator was incredibly fast and smooth.  Much faster than the elevator in the Sears Tower.  Shanghai by night is very colorful.  Everything is lit in bright colors.  Then at 10 pm they turn it all off.  We also went for a stroll o view the Bund, a string of handsome 19th century European buildings.  After touristing around, we went to dinner in an art deco Cantonese restaurant.  The food was pretty strange and no one really liked it. I don't know if it was authentic.  There was some smoked duck , which was crispy and chewy, seaweed, a kind of zuchini-like squash that was very good, goose, beef, chicken, a whole cripsy fish and carp soup.  There was other stuff that I still don't know what it was.  Tried it all, did not like a bunch of it. 

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