Thanks to Buddha's Birthday - we had a 3-day weekend (same as Memorial Day weekend)!! After three attempts (good job, dad!), the girls and I finally got our visas to enter China and off we went.
Shanghai :: "the pearl of the orient" "the paris of the east"
population 24 million
- The Bund -
The waterfont area along the Huangpu River offering great views of the skyline, historic buildings, and little drink stands (that DON'T carry water, FYI).
|they should start perfecting their autographs =)|
I mean, really, this kid is too cute.
|me, ABear, Baby, Michelle, Ted, and Jasper & Bunny in the back|
Street scenes in Shanghai -
|tree lined streets and wide sidewalks - french concession|
|dinner in a bucket on the sidewalk?|
|joined local kids for some sidewalk chalk|
This woman was out on the corner doing laundry every time we walked past, no matter what time of day.
|loaded bicycles - what balance and manpower|
near the bund:
We tried some street food. Jasper was the only one brave enough to go for the street MEAT - and it turned out just fine.
In Shanghai, there aren't many (any??) signs in English. The cab drivers speak only Mandarin. ABear loved trying out her new language skills - while mom & dad relied mostly on gestures.
|countdowns for crosswalks and stoplights|
Loved this bitty cafe/bakery called Amelia's:
|homemade OJ from Amelia's|
|not old enough yet, sweet thing|
Bunny enjoyed her Chinese style high chair at a DELICIOUS Taiwanese restaurant. Thank you, Michelle, for ordering - I have no idea what we ate, but it was incredibly yummy.
We stayed at a 'serviced apartment' rather than a hotel. Exactly as it sounds - an apartment that is serviced as though it were a hotel. It was bigger than our HK apartment - and had a pool that, as Bear put it, was "more pretty than fun".
And a quick jet back home again...
Woohoo for GREAT traveling kiddos and an awesome weekend with good friends!