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Shanghai – City Views

Shanghai - Pudong

Pudong District in Shanghai

Pudong of Shanghai is the newest area developed. For this non-city lover, I have to say it was a marvel to look at. The architecture was remarkable. Not a single building was the same in shape and/or color. To get around Shanghai, we used the subway station. Pretty nice. It was easy to use and quite the adventure for us. Mike decided to have us take the subway to the train station and then take the bullet train back home to Suzhou. The train was fun. We plan on taking it to Bejing in early 2012. We may even do it to travel to Xi’an.

It takes over two hours to drive to Shanghai and the bullet train took only 20 minutes to get Suzhou. Mike said we went over 190 MPH. All I can say was, we flew. But it still took more time to get back to the condo taking the train. Between the subway transfers, train wait time and taxi drive from the train station to the condo. Over three hours to do that. Fun still. Shanghai is beauty in the day and night.


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Shanghai Zoo

Flamingo

Flamingo

Warning: DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AT THIS ZOO!

As I think back at our time here, it’s ridiculously gross. Briana would say blasphemous. Nathan would say disgusting. Zachary says he can’t think of a word disgusting enough to use. It was educational to how some locals are in China.

First off, the zoo is in poor repair. Mike felt it will take millions to get it back in good condition. That’s before making any new exhibits. (This zoo is larger than San Diego’s and has plenty of room to expand.) There were a few highlights, like the Maned Wolf, Koi, Pandas, some of the birds and the Gorillas. The rest was pathetic. Paint was coming off most exhibits. The very smart monkeys were in plain, dull concreted cells. They look so bored and sad. The Eagles were held in a plain cage, where they are unable to do anything besides sit on the concrete. (We spent a lot of time visiting with an Eagle who interacted with us.) The worst part, for us, was they had domestic dogs on display. I spotted it before the kids could see and I quickly redirected them. So they, thankfully, don’t have to remember seeing that for the rest of their lives.

Very different from the US, the locals throw food at any of the animals without a glass protection. At times, they throw garbage at the animals in the attempt to get their attention. Sad. A lot of the cages had plastic bottles and wrappers in them. The bears were the biggest beggars of them all. They would sit on their hind end, give cute looks, beg and get fed. The most horrible was the locals’ habits which are everything we said above. I have never seen such filth in my life. No wonder disease can run rampant here. Everywhere you went, not far from an actual toilet facility, we got the opportunity to watch someone relieve themselves. Yes, you read that right! Hardly anyone used the facilities. They would just pull their pants down right next to the pathway and let it hang. Even next to the exhibits. We had to watch every step we took. Unfortunately, Zachary didn’t watch by the Panda exhibit and stepped in a pile. (Yes, we did get his shoes cleaned.)

The “straw that broke the camel’s back” for me was when we were sitting in the food court eating our ice cream cones and drinking our ice tea, a lady comes over next to us, picks her kid up and it proceeds to… well, you know. I was done at that point. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. This habit doesn’t just happen at the zoo. Children after about eight months old are put in pants that have an opening from their belly button to the top of their butt crack. So when they have to use the potty, the adults just put them over a trash can, if one is right there, or they just squat. (I have a photo of a ceramic boy with these pants on, I will show you later in the Lion Grove Garden post.) We now understand why they don’t sit on the ground and they take their shoes off at the door. But out of the bleak, one can still find beauty. Enjoy the photos.


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Shanghai Aquarium

The Aquarium was top-notch. We loved it! They had the marine life set up in areas relating to continents and local areas. They even had an exhibit on fish in the Yangtze River, which we found super interesting. Also, a lot of the tanks had us go through a tunnel so the fish could swim right over our heads. It made for an amazing time when Zachary spied out his most favorite fish, the Arapaima. It became his favorite after watching Jeremy Wade, on the TV series ‘River Monsters’, catch one. One of the best parts of the aquarium was the world’s longest underwater tunnel we took in the final stages of the visit. It was full of all kinds of marine life.


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