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Fabric & Tea Market

Fabric Market

In Shanghai there is a market for almost everything.

For foreigners like us, these markets are very attractive, cheap price and very practical.
So I would not leave China without buy something custom and handymade!

Direction Fabric Market, there are several in Shanghai of course we went to the nearest from Yuyan Garden.

168 Dongmen Lu,
near Zhongshan Dong Er Lu
东门路168号,
近中山东二路

It is indeed very “profitable” for us European. We may have my jacket cashmere tailor made for € 70. Pierre two custom shirts for € 25 and € 50 for a suit. 🙂

The procedure is as follows:
1. The model is chosen
2. Prices are negotiated
3. Measures are taken
4. You pay a deposit (half of the total price)
5. you wait 1 week
6. We just get our order!

isn’t it magic ? 🙂

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Tea Market
We also went to the tea market!
520 Zhongshan Xi Lu,
near Wuyi Lu
中山 西路 520 号,
近 武夷 路
Although less people has square corners or in tourism. Tea is good and above can enjoy the leisurely quiet.There are also all the utensils to become a pro in the tea ceremony. Finally, there are services has magnificent tea and really cheap.
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Chinese food

Saturday, August 3, 2013,

I was waiting until I tasted enough things to be able to write a post about the “Chinese food”… But also enough photos to put as illustrations.

Fruits

Fruit, china, anyway Shanghai choosing fruit is large enough. Many exotic fruits (mango, papaya, guava, mangosteen, banana …) but also fruits that we know more apples and pears. To know that all the exotic fruits are really delicious. This is not the same for pears and apples are just water like watermelon.

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Vegetables

Vegetables, I was a little bit disappointed on this side, the choice is much more restricted. Tomatoes, carrots, beans and broccoli. A lack of green vegetables and good salad!

Let’s start in the little more Chinese, Tofu. They come in all shapes, all textures for all tastes. Soft squares, sticks so squid, grilled … I think I’ve tasted a large part. Tofu is still in many cases not very tasty, same for the lotus.

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Algae

We continue (souls very sensitive it is time to make a choice). Algae. Yes Chinese are fond of algae of all kinds. Black color through the green and even yellow. Taking forms more or less attractive. And can even be eaten cooked, raw, grilled or viscous manner.
In my opinion, the raw seaweed (or dry) is very iodine like crispy chips. The cooked seaweed looks more like the mushroom we are used to eat. As for the seaweed in soups, often viscous, nothing that we know … but it’s not bad at all.

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Chinese dishes

Let go to the chinese dishes, we often have eaten the famous spicy noodles and dumplings; the Chinese pizza ; peking duck; the chicken grill, braised, roasted ; cantonese rice, the Hong Kong rice (spices !!), natural rice etc., etc.

Many different dishes but often I fond the same criticism setting apart chillies there is no taste!

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Let’s go to the more or less typical of china dishes.

Chicken feet, yes yes they love chicken feet. Well I must admit that after this meal tasted I was a little disappointed. Tendons which crack under the tooth and no meat …

The cold duck tongue, to my surprise it was not bad. Well I do not adore it but it was not a strong taste.

Insects, most located north of China. I didn’t have the opportunity to taste it but Eva, Mom and Dad have experienced it. I believe “crispy”.

The jellyfish, tested for the first time last night. It is crisp and translucent. No taste.

The dog may be provided to the program next weekend depending on the roommate of Pierre.

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I almost forgot to mention the egg… I did not wanted to risk indigestion but eggs, there are of all colors and from all years!
With that, enjoy!

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Pudong District

14th July, 2013: Pudong district

Departure: 11.00 am

Back: 4.00 pm

Best noodles of Shanghai Address: 479 E Nanjing Rd (basement).

In very sunny Sunday, direction Pudong and its large towers. Pudong financial district with towers which rise more than 468 m. We opted for the World Financial Tower (492m) to the highest point of China. But another tower is under construction and should be 632m.

We took the tunnel under the river (tourist trap, I do not recommend it at all). It is expensive and not worth it !

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To avoid paying to get into the tower we decided to go up to the 91st floor and not until the 94th floor. At the 91floor there is a restaurant / bar where one is for eatting and the other for drinking but it is much cheaper than paying for 2 additional floors and no refreshing!

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Stunning views of Shanghai! Beautiful! Do this only if the weather is very clear.

Down from the tower and Nanjing Road towards the best to eat noodles Shanghai. Large bowl of steam noodles Jiangsu in a traditional setting await us.

 

Shanghai Old city District

June 30th, 2013: Shanghai Old city district

Departure: 10.00 am

Return: 4.00pm

Address: Metro stop: Yuan Garden

To start with this sunny and warm day (28 ° C already). We went towards the old city of Shanghai.

Before you go to the old city I must prevent you, there are many, many people. It’s really crowded. You must scramble to make your way through the narrow streets.

Many stores but obviously tourist trap.

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Then, visit of the temple of the god protector of the city.

We moved away of that excitement to eat in a small dumplings shop  and noodles.

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Let’s go to the tea house for a cup of tea in a magical place. If you want a tea tasting it’s better to head for the tea stand in the fake market; much better. Here we paid the particular place more than the tea (which admittedly does not have a better taste than elsewhere). One portion is enough for two to three people (well if you are not too thirsty).

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After this break, we walked towards the Bund by small streets very typical of China, but forgotten by tourist guides. Linen tense, narrow street, living smiling …

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National History Museum of Shanghai

29th June, 2013: Natural History Museum
Start: 10.30 am
Return: 20: 00

Address: 260 Yan’an Dong Lu, near Henan Zhong Lu

Today, sun is not with us so we decided to go to a museum. Let’s go to the Natural History Museum in Shanghai.

Nice museum. Certainly for those who have made the Natural History Museum in Paris they will be disappointed, but on a human scale museum who keeps its authenticity and he is full of many species in formaldehyde …

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After this cultural break , we decided to eat in a “bouyi bouyi” along Henan Zhong Lu road. This street contains many flag’s stores, notice for flag’s lovers, here you’ll find all kind of flags and for cheap around 8Y the little flag .

Then, direction a street that we had loved, near the market birds, there are cheap shops of tea, clothes, accessories …

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5.00pm, rain is back, we took a break in a cafe.

Then we went by foot to People square.

7.00pm, we headed to our favorite hot-pot restaurant (the waiter begins to know us).

8.00pm, back to the apartment for a well deserved rest.

Total Cost:

  1. Museum entrance: 10Y

Shanghai Museum

18th June 2013 : Shanghai Museum, 上海博物館

Departure: 11.00 am

Return: 16.00 pm

-> Website <-

Address:

No 201, Ren Min Da Dao
Huangpu District
Shanghai 200003, P.R.CHINA
Tel.: 86-21-63723500*132, or Hotline: 86-21-96968686
Metro Line 1, 2, 8

On the last day of vacation, we decided to go to the Shanghai Museum. This museum is huge, if we want to visit it properly I think it takes the day. However, all the rooms are not necessarily interesting.

It consists of 4 floors.

First floor:

  • bronze
  • sculptures

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Second floor:

  • ceramics

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Third floor:

  • paintings
  • seals
  • calligraphy
  • studio Liangtu

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Fourth floor:

  • Minority art
  • Jades
  • Chinese furniture
  • Currencies
  • The Silk Road, currencies middle east

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We did, bronze, ceramics, art of minorities and jade. We went in calligraphy only the part that there is pretty tables after the first two views despite the fact that we do not understand Chinese it’s all the same for us.

If you are in an hurry, I recommend the bronze part, the ceramic part (the end only) and minority art part.

In summary, beautiful museum. Free admission.

We ate at a greasy spoon soup very good noodle (exit opposite to the main exit – J) and finished with a yogurt with passion fruit next to greasy spoon.

Shanghai international glasses & Pearls market

16th of May 2013: Shanghai International Glasses & Pearls Market

Departure: 10.30 am

Back: 4.00 pm

In this Tuesday, June 11 we decided to have a shopping day and rest a little bit our back with our unrestrained walks in Shanghai. So let’s go to the glasses market in Shanghai in this gray morning.

The Shanghai International Glasses Market is located at the central station of Shanghai output Norah, Metro line 3-4. It is a large building on 3rd floors with glasses everywhere, all colors and all shapes. For buying you need to follow 5 steps.

Step One: Choose the frame.

In the countless stands, there are many one that should be okay for us … We choosed a stand at the 3rd floor with an English speaking lady (yes it can help).

Step Two: Make free eyes exam.

I did eye exams in France, it is going the same way in China. Symbol reading (you need to indicate the direction at the top, bottom, right and left).

Step Three: Select the type of glasses.

As in France you have the choice between anti-glare, anti-scratch… Fine, bigger, with or without treatment …

Step Four: bargaining prices.

Then comes the moment of bargaining, be aware that the advertised price starting can be reduced by 50%. We had the spectacles of Pierre (resting spectacles, titanium mounting ) for € 25.

Step Five: Wait 30-40 minutes.

It’s time to eat until the spectacles are ready. Railway station (full of fast food and Chinese restaurant await us). We opted for a dumpling fast food  (54 Y for two and we couldn’t finish it).

Address:
Shanghai International City Glasses
1688 Zhongxing Road (at the north gate of Shanghai Railway Station – Metro Line 3, 4)
上海 国际 眼镜 城
上海市 闸北 区 中兴 路 1688 号

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Once we received our specatcles direction the pearls market, at Pearl’s Circles. Arrival at the destination, stands full of necklaces, bracelets, earring beads of all colors and all shapes. For lovers of jewelries there is lots of choice.

Pearl’s Circles
First Asia Jewelry Plaza, 3rd floor, 288 Fuyou Lu, Shanghai
First Asia Jewelry Plaza, 3 楼 288 福佑 路 (or 富 友 路) 上海
Open 10 am-6pm daily.

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During our walk we deviated a little bit of the pearls market without really realizing it, we arrived in the old city of Shanghai. Old old buildings, narrow crowded streets .

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Dragon Boat Festival

15th of June 2013: The Dragon Boat Festival

During these four days the Chinese celebrate the dragon boat festival. It is a Chinese festival that marks the entrance into the heat of summer and the season of epidemics.

We had front row seats to attend this festival,Pierre ‘s apartment is just above the festivities.

In short, this festival is reflected in boat races, songs and dances from 6am to 11am. We were delighted to be awakened at 6 am during our public holidays!

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Yesterday at work I had the chance to taste a typical dish of the  dragon boat festival made by the mother of a colleague.

The rice cake, baked in a leaf around it with the meat inside. Very good.

French Concession district

14th of June 2013: The eastern part of the French concession district.

Departure: 10:30

Back: 18h00

I take the description of my favorite travel book guide that describes in a very good way the french concession.

“To taste the charms chic and trendy of Shanghai you must go towards the French concession. The eastern European part of this area is the nearest of the city center. The shady streets staked with low-rise building relieved a peaceful atmosphere. »

To begin our visit direction Fuxing Park (S Shanxi Rd exit). A lush European park, contrast ensured with other Chinese parks (where disorder is the master).

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After a relaxing break in the park we left towards St Nicolas. Beautiful Russian Orthodox Church. But closed …

We continued our road to the site of the first Congress of the CCP (free admission). Museum interesting but not funny at all !

To change our ideas we walked on the pedestrian street right next to us (full of shops and restaurants).

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To end the day, we went to the flower , birds, insects and fish market.

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Jing’an District

9th June 2013: Visit of Jing’an District.

Departure: 10.00 am

Return: 7.00 pm

Direction Changshou Road. We walked about 20 minutes before reaching the Jade Buddha Temple (changshou rd). Beautiful temple and visit of the Jade Buddha. A peaceful atmosphere prevails. Good place to go. About 2 hours to do it entirety. In my opinion the Jade Buddha hall is less impressive than the rest of the temple …

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At the exit of the temple you can find some small shops, opposite of the temple you will find postcards  of Shanghai (very rare in China).

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Back to Changshou metro direction to Nanjing Rd W station. The former residence of Mao Zedong is 10-minute walk from the station. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit it because of the hours (9h-11h and 13h-16.30).

We continued our journey on the luxurious streets of West Nanjing Rd. After 20-30 minutes walk we arrive at the Jing’an Temple. Majestic temple.

For me, one of my favorites because he is large and well maintained (it was rebuilt at 90%).

 

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Total cost:

  1. Beautiful temple entry : 20 Y
  2. Jade Buddha temple entry: 10 Y
  3. Postcards : 5/6 Y
  4. Jing’an Temple : 30 Y