December in Shaghai
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Finally, a walk along the Bund and a trip up
The Bund is the area on
the west bank of the Huangpu River that is the main tourist magnet.
It is a bit like a seaside promenade, in fact with it being rather
cold and windy, walking along became bracing in a Skegness sort
of way. Tacky souvenir shops just added to the effect.
At the north end was an unusual sculpture underneath
which was a small art gallery. I didn't stay long because of an
annoying, clingy attendant who was following me around despite me
asking him not to. A bit further south, and I found a lovely jade
exhibition. A lot of it was for sale, but probably a little too
heavy as I was pushing my baggage allowance as it was.
I then took a trip through the Bund Sightseeing
Tunnel. This is naff. You get in a little train (about half the
size of a compartment on the London Eye) and it takes you through
a light show underneath the river. On the far bank, there is a mini
aquarium with some odd stuffed animals that people throw money at
and a Chinese history of sex museum; the latter was entertaining.
The Jinmao Tower at 420m is claimed to be the
tallest building in China, but not for long as they are erecting
a taller building next to it - the Shanghai World Financial Centre,
not Sheffield Wednesday Football Club as was my first thought when
I saw the initials:
And finally four shots to show that Christmas
is not ignored, though covering a clock in holly and tying a red
ribbon around the neck of the statue of a lion are both a little
Links to the other two pages:
shots of Shanghai and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower
of the Town Gods and Yuyuan Gardens
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