Day 12, Yu Garden, The Bund & Evening Illumination Cruise

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First day in Shanghai is full of activities. After breakfast, we headed out to our tour buses. That’s where we saw buses carrying the kids from the train station arriving at the hotel. Our first destination for the morning was the Yu (Yuyuan) Garden. The garden was built 400 years ago by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan’s parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. The garden is actually located in the middle of the old Chinese City. The locals call it “China Town” because the existence of classical Chinese buildings in the are is a minority compared to the rest of young and modern buildings that make up the majority of Shanghai.

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The next destination on this first day in Shanghai was the Bund. The Bund is a waterfront area along the western side of Huangpu river. This place is one of the most famous tourist destination in Shanghai. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side and also the Jin Mao Tower.

At the end of the Bund’s tour, we were taken to a Tea tasting house.  There we had the chance to taste various tea flavors such as jasmine, ginseng, lychee, black tea, etc.  The place also housed a collection of big, delicate and expensive jade fixtures.

After about an hour rest at the hotel, we were treated to a dinner at a unique ethnic food from a southern part of China.  The interior design of the restaurant and the dresses wore by the staff reminded us of those from Thailand/Burma.  We are also getting some entertainment at this restaurant.  There were live music and some ethnic dances performed on the stage in the middle of the restaurant.  The food was just OK though.

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The hilite for the evening, or the day for that matter, was the Evening Illumination Cruise on the river.  The Bund at night is so beautiful.  Buildings are lighted.  Boats and the piers are lighted.  Big screens and electronic billboards are bright.  It’s an awesome 45 minutes boat ride on the river.  Please check out the pictures we took from this cruise.

Pictures: Day 12 album

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