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We arrived in Shanghai just hours before the rain started.

Our first stop was Shanghai Old Street and Yu Garden.

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We strolled across the Bridge of Nine Turnings

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to Huxingting Teahouse, the oldest teahouse in Asia, where we enjoyed tea and a snack

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We admired the detail on the neighboring rooftop from our table

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and then the rain came…

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We ducked under eves taking in the views through restaurant windows

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and shops.

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And after 11 days of travel we treated ourselves to a delicious dinner at M on the Bund with spectacular views

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of the Bund

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and across the Huangpu River.

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The next morning we explored less traveled sections of the city.

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As we were peering down alleys

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we were struck by the contrast of the shanties against the modern buildings.

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Next we visited the Jade Buddha Temple where the moist air was filled with incense

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and the bright red lanterns posed a sharp contrast to the grey day.

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This Buddha is one of my favorite pictures.

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There were fascinating details on the rooftops

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as well as the ceilings

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and amazing carvings (this is one piece of wood).

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This artist gave “hand painted”

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a whole new meaning.

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Next we visited the Tianzifang neighborhood

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and enjoyed some sweet treats

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while strolling the labyrinth of colorful alleyways and shops.

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Then we said goodbye to Shanghai

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And headed for Hangzhou….

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