Mar 23, 2011 by Sushi Bird
A big statue of Chen Yi right in front of our hotel. There was not much signs of communism apart from internet cencorship and various statues. I thought it was quite interesting that the statues are still standing. Well, obviously they are still standing, but I remember going on holiday through Eastern Europe, and a lot of the old communist statues there have been torn down, so it was really neat to see a country where all the statues are still standing and in great condition.
On the left, our hotel. On the right, one of the many walkways in Pudong.
Pudong by day. The night scene with the lights are absolutely amazing, pictures to follow in a later post.
A floating golden pagoda!
And in the middle of all the concrete, a little shrine. I love the contrasts.
We then had noodles for lunch, followed by…
…Starbucks. Still not convinced by Starbucks, their coffee is so incredibly mediocre to me. Maybe they have some special things on the menu that I have not tried yet? It seems a lot of other people love Starbucks, and if you do, please recommend a drink or two from their menu that does not taste like overheated milk with traces of mediocre espresso beans. Please. That being said, Starbucks beats most of the common Japanese coffee chains any day.
And then we took this incredibly silly but very cute tunnel that went from Luwan to Pudong. It seems to me like China is trying to be all fancy and high-tech and glamorous at times, but it doesn’t quite give the same feeling of high-class as fancy-high-class Japanese? Maybe I am wrong here, I have had far more time exploring Tokyo, so I assume that a short week in Shanghai can not really capture the true essence of the city. There is tons of good stuff about China as well, people here are outgoing and not afraid to try to talk to you, and it makes me feel less worried and less self-conscious when everyone else is just kind of whatever.