Highlights of Shanghai
April 8, 2000. After checking into the JC Mandarin Hotel located in the heart of the city, we walked down Nanking Road toward the Bund, Wall Street of Shanghai. The city of Shanghai consists of 14.2 million people. As we walk this people-packed route, the road turns into a pedestrian mall lined with shops and department stores plus the big screen broadcast transmissions not unlike Tokyo.
We strolled along the Bund taking in the buildings which were part of the original trading companies and financial establishments. Across the Huangpu River is the TV Tower and the 88- story Hyatt.
We checked out the the interior of the old grand dame " Peace Hotel" and then cut over at the Peoples Park toward the new Shanghai Theatre and Museum.
Next we drove on to the Children's Palace where the arts are taught to all ages of students and only the most gifted survive. The remainder of the morning was spent in the Yuyuan Gardens, a 5 acre tea garden and a jewel in the middle of old Shanghai.
Our visit to the modern Shanghai Museum was as enriching on the outside as it was on the interior. The spaces were very well laid out and the exhibits were illuminated based on the latest technology using motion sensors. Jade pieces, costumes, coins, art works, and pottery were presented encased as well as free standing for close access short of touching.
Our next stop was Guilin.
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