Posted by: Gary Guertin | March 2, 2017

20. World Cruise–Shanghai–Feb. 26–27, 2017

Hi All, (Written Feb. 28, 2017)

Susy and I last visited Shanghai Oct. 7 & 8, 2008 and certainly at that time didn’t realize what a great, beautiful city we were visiting.  I’ll try to get our thinking up to date after two days here.  First of all, the tourist guide says “today it is the city of superlatives: the world’s biggest city and its most populous with 13 million residents in its core and 23 million in greater Shanghai, as well as the world’s biggest port.”  It’s also said to be the world’s most modern city.  In order to try and show you Shanghai I’m going to break my traditional post format and just show you two days of photos in no order as we walked the center of the city.  In order to orient you, Shanghai sits on the banks of the Huangpu River, far inland from the China Sea.  Our ship is docked exactly in the center of the city on the East Bank of the river.

First by day, the skyline of the West bank of the port:



These photos show the early morning fog/smog.


Now the East Bank where the ship is docked.




If you think it looks beautiful during the day take a look at the night show:





That’s the skyline, let’s now go walking through the center of the city. For people like my Susy that only means “Nanjing Road” the major shopping avenue which runs for miles, the major part without traffic.  Here’s just a few of the photos to give you a feel for this vibrant city:


Notice the flower arrangement all along the streets.



Susy at work in one of the many outlets as we walked along.  Doesn’t she look happy in the photo below:


Anyone want a chair?


or a bicycle:


Susy had gone off on her own to Nanjing Street the first day while I did internet at the local Starbucks.  On the second day I trailed along to see the street with her:



As we were walking along, we hear; “Miss Susy, Miss Susy” and this lady comes over and greets Susy, asking her if she would like to look at purses in one of her shops again.  It seems that the day before Susy had gone off with this lady.  So they talk and she says she has another shop than the one from yesterday.  We walk a little while up Nanjing, then down a dark alley, through and old door, and the lady pulls back a hidden panel, hiding an old steep stairway that goes up a few stories to a door (looked like a speakeasy door) and then we enter into a showroom, with many purse knock-offs, valuable watch copies,etc. In China these are illegal places for the sale of copies.  Here’s Susy at her best bargaining with these people:


Susy didn’t buy that purse she has in her hand because they wanted $100.00 and the highest she would pay was $50.00 US dollars.  You may ask why, well of course, the day before Susy had bought 2 purses of equal or better quality for $50.00 a piece, both with asking prices of $100.00.

This is one of the side streets:DSC02224

On the way back we stopped at the famous Fairmont Hotel, the best hotel in Shanghai in the 20’s 30’s ,  recently restored to its original splendor.           Several US Presidents have stayed there and many politicians, and celebrities from all over the world.  We decided to go in and have tea, so here we are:



I don’t have a photo of the lobby, but here is one of many of the wall displays and a look at the ceiling:



And finally Susy on the bank of the river with the Amsterdam way behind her (way back in front of those twin towers):


Next stop, Hong Kong, China, Mar. 2 & 3, 2017 and the halfway point of our cruise.  Oh’ and by the way we expect temperatures in the 60ths.  At last we seem to be putting the cold behind us.

Until next,

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

P.S. In case you missed the ships port sign:



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