|Old Soviet Union Consulate, now museum|
China immigration wasn't too bad. They called us by tour again and we were in the 4th group off the ship. Our tour today was a simple tour of the city called "Shanghai Old & New."
|Carved Ivory Fish|
|Ivory Ladies on Black Lacquer Cabinet|
This is not a real old city. It was built up in the late 1800's to provide the British, and later the French, a trading port with China. Many of the original buildings have been demolished so new high-rises could be built, but they have preserved a few sections. The tour bus took us through the British section, called the Bund, and across to the French section. We made 3 stops on the tour. The first was at the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts. They had a beautiful collection of jade carvings, wood carvings, needlepoint and embroidery. Of course, they also had a gift shop.
The second stop was to go up to the observation deck on the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Building. The building is very impressive. We took some photos but the haze prevented us from getting any really good pictures of the city.
|Looking Down Center of Jin Mao Building from Observation Deck|
Our third stop was at the base of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. This was just a photo stop. We decided it wasn't worth getting out of the bus. We got pictures of the tower and other buildings both from the bus and from the ship.
|Oriental Pearl TV Tower|
I decided to be brave at dinner tonight and order the "Destination Dish" of the day. This was a prawn dish with noodles and vegetables. It was very good as long as I was careful. The first bite set my tongue on fire, but I figured out the culprit green bits to bypass and then enjoyed the dinner.
We will be here 3 days, giving us time for 2 more tours tomorrow and another the last day.