Trip Start Sep 09, 2008
Trip End Sep 21, 2008

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 13: September 21, 2008
This is the last day of my amazing trip to the east of China. I think I've said it before, but no matter how much I travel, or how much I understand this country, it still find surprises. It is this unending surprises that keeps me so in love with this amazing country. This morning I got up and had breakfast in the hotel. I had a simple breakfast of toast and eggs. Wendy met me in the lobby and we headed to the Shanghai World Finance Center. It just opened up last week. It has the highest observation area in the world. There are actually three observation floors. We entered on the ground floor. The area is very modern and cool. We got our tickets and then waited in line for the elevators. The waiting areas are very well designed and are very entertaining. We were then taken to a small room with a model of the building in it. The building began to spin incredibly fast and the lights in the model began flashing to make many different patterns. It was fun. We then went to the elevator to head up to the lowest observation floor. The elevator was filled with moving lights. It was very cool. The observation floor is very open and well lit. it has little shops selling building related merchandise. We then headed up a long escalator to the next observation floor. The building is designed with a very large hole in it and the bottom and top of the hole are observation areas. The top one has a glass floor allowing visitors to look very far below them. It was a big scary, yet exhillerating. The views from the building are incredible. It is the tallest building in Shanghai and overlooks the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Jinmao Tower. After visiting the Shanghai Global Finance Center we went to lunch at the Daijia Restaurant. It is a Dai Minority themed restaurant. The waitresses wear Dai minority clothing and every few minutes girls do traditional Dai minority dances on the stage in the restaurant. The food was wonderful and we ate like pigs. After lunch we headed to the local Xinhua Bookstore. It is the largest book chain in China. I love books and wanted to pick up a book on the Yu Yuan Garden I visited last week. I also found a book on Beijing's Tea Culture. We then went to the Shanghai Art Museum. Parked in front was an old steam locomotive. I love steam trains. There is something wonderfully romantic about them. I took a couple photos of it before heading inside the museum. The museum was wonderful it showcased art from throughout China and the world. After we went to the nearby People's Park, which formerly was Shanghai's horse racing track. The park is very large and filled with plants, tress, people and meandering paths. There were old people sitting playing cards, and young people walking along together. It is a wonderful escape from the busy city. Shanghai's Museum of Modern Art is located within the park. I peeked in the door, but we sadly didn't have enough time to visit. We then went to Nanjing Road for a final visit before stopping at a Subway Restaurant for a final taste before going to the airport. From the airport I headed back home to Guilin to see my family. It was a wonderful trip that is sadly over. I am writing this with one hand while holding my baby with the other. Life is good.

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