The city is very clean and although I hit a bit of a cooler patch it is generally in the mid-twenties this time of year. Compared to Beijing, shanghai is a much more cosmopolitan city with all kinds of shopping everywhere. Shanghai also has a greater sense of fashion awareness than Beijing and you can see that by how people dress Of course you can buy anything here so I could not resist being taken into a little back room to purchase my Gucci watch. Vernette this room was smaller than the ones we visited in new York and it was only me and the vendor and his locked boxes of goods. I must admit I had a bit of fun with the negotiations and I wonder how long my Gucci will last?
I spent $50 for a 48 hour hop on off tour. Three different routes, one where I got off at the Yu Gardens famous for food and shopping all located in traditional Chinese buildings. I was able to locate the famous dumpling shop and stood in line for 1/2 hour to get some of the best dumplings I have ever tasted. I also tried the the curry soft shelled crab - yummy. I just watch where the Chinese are eating and order what they order because I can't read the signs and the vendors don't speak english. I went on the river cruise in the evening - it was spectacular with all the buildings illuminated. The next day I finished the routes and visited the jade temple and people's park. Then I ventured out for shanghai Chinese food. The staff was great and pointed out what I should order it had beef, vegetables and some kind of fungus but it was delicious and I did not hang over the toilet afterwards!