We arrived in Shanghai just hours before the rain started.
Our first stop was Shanghai Old Street and Yu Garden.
We strolled across the Bridge of Nine Turnings
to Huxingting Teahouse, the oldest teahouse in Asia, where we enjoyed tea and a snack
We admired the detail on the neighboring rooftop from our table
and then the rain came…
We ducked under eves taking in the views through restaurant windows
And after 11 days of travel we treated ourselves to a delicious dinner at M on the Bund with spectacular views
of the Bund
and across the Huangpu River.
The next morning we explored less traveled sections of the city.
As we were peering down alleys
we were struck by the contrast of the shanties against the modern buildings.
Next we visited the Jade Buddha Temple where the moist air was filled with incense
and the bright red lanterns posed a sharp contrast to the grey day.
This Buddha is one of my favorite pictures.
There were fascinating details on the rooftops
as well as the ceilings
and amazing carvings (this is one piece of wood).
This artist gave “hand painted”
a whole new meaning.
Next we visited the Tianzifang neighborhood
and enjoyed some sweet treats
while strolling the labyrinth of colorful alleyways and shops.
Then we said goodbye to Shanghai
And headed for Hangzhou….