Shanghai is the largest city with a population of 24 million. I don't know how many millions of cars but the government tries to control by the cost of the license plate. It is a one time fee of about $10,000. Getting one is based on the auctioning of only 8,000 per month.
We are on the 21st floor right on the river. A gorgeous view! We can see the Shanghai Tower being built from our window. It will be 127 stories, the tallest building in China. It will be a hotel and offices.
The Pearl observation tower is also seen from our window. When Verne was in Shanghai that was the tallest observation tower, which is now over shadowed by many other high rises.
Our hotel is on the river just down from the Bund. This is the old financial area that was once British. There are still colonial buildings here which is a contrast to the modern buildings on the otherside of the river.
We went to the Yuyuan garden this morning. It was built by Pan Yunduan, a government officer of the Ming Dynasty, in 1559 for his parents. It took 15 years. It was so quiet, especially since it is surrounded by the ancient city with all of its tourist shops. We kept being approached by people with photos of watches and purses for sale. Just like on the street in Chinatown in NYC!
After lunch we walked on Nanjing Road,, a 1 kilometer shopping street. It starts at the Bund area to the east and ends at the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan'an West Street. We then walked the Bund area along the river
back to our hotel.
Tonight we went to an Acrobatic show, ERA-Intersection of Time. The final act was amazing. It was the sphere with motorcycle riders. It started with 1, then 2, 3, 5 and finally 8 of the!
On the way home we got to see all the buildings lit up with their lights of color.