Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunday Day 2 - Shanghai, China

Good morning, the kids are up every morning at 5:30 and ready to get up and go! Here is some morning goofiness :)

For breakfast we had eggs and banana bread. We also had a very popular fruit, Dragon Fruit.
Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C. Dragon fruit tastes wonderful! - sweet and crunchy, with a flavor that's like a cross between kiwi and pear.

We took Lukas to his orientation for Kindergarten. This is the outside of the Kindergarten. The school set up has a completely open concept. If you look through the gates in the image below, you will see light. The inside is all open. The classrooms all have their own A/C units and the rest of the school is without A/C. The playground is in the middle of the school in open air.

Everything is in English and Chinese. They teach, English for a small segment of the day. The rest they speak all Chinese.

Following the school visit, we headed to the Carrefour (a hypermarket chain). It resembles a Super Walmart in America. 

I learnt my lesson the second day, I bought a pair of flats to wear (I thought they would be comfortable) NOT...I know this is gross but you intend on going to China, just take tennis shoes and socks!

Luckily, Carrefour sold tennis shoes and socks...I got a pair for $20 US Dollars and they are the most comfortable pair of tennis shoes I have!

Below are all picutres of the Canal we walked down. It was very quite and beautiful. Not much to say about it but there are a lot of different trees...

The buildings on the right side are some of their apartment complex.

The kids had to head back for nap time so Kyle took Dale and I out to site see for a couple of hours. We headed down towards the Lujiazui area.

In Lujiazui there are more than 30 buildings over 25 stories high with commerce as their leading function, and over 504 domestic and overseas financial and insurance corporations located in Lujiazui. The success of Lujiazui in the past 20 years has fueled tourism and business related travel to Shanghai. Pictures of the Lujiazui skyline dominate Shanghai tourism materials.

Pictured below: structure with opening in top is the World Financial Center, the structure in front of that is the Jin Mao Tower.

This a cluster of all structures in Lujiazui.

Another view of the structures...


Dragons out of grass...COOL!

Leave it to me to pick out a dessert shop :) We didn't get to try this but it looked delicious.

Here is one of the coolest things ever!! A McDonald's that sells only ice cream cones and McFlurries :)

Here we are in front of The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower. This structure is 1,535 feet high.

The IFC Mall is incredibly high class. You really don't see people with shopping bags because all of the people that can afford to shop here, make special appointments after hours. Literally, stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani, etc.

Wouldn't that be nice, HA!

It is not uncommon to have a large TV screen on the side of a structure! This was very cool at night.

The structure below is a work in progress and will eventually be 1/3 taller than the World Financial Center!! I can't wait to see the finished product.

These pictures are slightly hazy as we were 91 floors in the air. We are inside of the World Financial Center in a lounge having drinks. The World Financial Center is 1,614 feet, previously the 3rd tallest structure in the world. It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls.

The view is absolutely incredible out of this building. Despite it being that far up, you truly do forget about that when you see the amazing sight!!

The river you see is the the Huangpu River - pronounced Whangpoo. The Huangpu divides Shanghai into two regions: Pudong and Puxi.

Pudong - Pudong refers to the land in the east of Huangpu River. Originally, the area was mainly farmland and countryside with some warehouses and wharfs near the shore. The parts closest to Puxi were administered by its districts, including Huangpu, Yangpu, and the former Nanshi District

Puxi - Despite efforts to promote Pudong, Puxi remains the cultural and entertainment center of Shanghai. The main shopping centers (including East Nanjing Pedestrian Road, Central Huaihai Road, Qipu Road Apparel City, and Xujiahui), the major bar streets (Hengshan, Maoming, and Julu Roads), and cultural centers such as The Bund, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Shanghai Museum are all located in Puxi.

What you see in this image is the Jin Mao Tower. There are several amenities in                                                  this skyskraper  well; hotels, malls, restraunts and nightclubs.

Apple Martini

Cucumber Mint Martini

Met up with Elizabeth and kids for a drink and dinner.

                                          Having a refreshing Tsingtao - prounounced Chingdao

Dinner was at Madam Jews

Below are cooked mushrooms with vegetables

This is a whole fish covered in a soy sauce, very goood!!

When you order Duck they carve it in front of you. This was cool!

They provide a shell, celery, onion, sugar and a soy mixture with the Duck. You dip the skin in sugar, lay in shell, place celery, onion and soy. This makes a Duck Taco.

They will take the bones and fat from the Duck and make a soup out of it for you.

Almost all restraunts serve Watermelon, Cherry Tomatoes and Dragon Fruit for a dessert. Two items are missing because Liesel and Lukas got a hold of it before the pictures was snapped! :)

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