Another bright and early start to continue our tour of Shanghai.
Today our first destination was the Yuyuan Garden, a five acre urban garden designed in the classical Ming Dynasty Garden style. This is a lovely area of temples, buildings and lovely garden areas with water features built in 1559. It managed to give a tranquil feeling despite the hundreds of tourists visiting it. We exited onto a street that would be a classic “Chinatown” area in any world city. Lots of “stuff” to buy!
From there we went across the river by ferry going from the old to the very new – Pudong. This area has literally sprung up over the last 20 years. The Oriental Pearl TV tower dominates the waterfront. There are several new skyscrapers since we were last here. One of these the JInMao Tower blends the Chinese Pagoda with Western architecture. The Shanghai World Financial Centre looks like a giant bottle opener and has a transparent floor at 474 meters high. The whole area is a photographers dream. You cannot seem to take enough photos.
We crossed back under the river using the Bund Sightseeing tunnel. This is actually a ride through in a gondola type bubble system along a track. It only takes a few minutes but the tunnel has bright lights somewhat reminiscent of a Disney ride.
Another great day with our friends exploring the fantastic city of Shanghai.