There are two chocolate expositions in Shanghai right now. We are visiting the closest one at Shanghai Indoor Stadium, at the East Asia Exhibit Hall. We walked completely around the Indoor Stadium, but only saw banner signs for the World Chocolate Wonderland on streetlights. Then Kent noticed a huge banner on the Outdoor Stadium. We headed over there, until we saw this display on the backside of a building between the stadiums:
When we entered with our tickets, they gave us a few gold-wrapped chocolate coins. There were several photo opportunity stations:
Most of the chocolate displays were in acrylic cases:
Chocolate Easter egg:
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A walk in part of the old town. Metro Line 9 to Xiaonanmen Station. West on Wangjiamatou Lu. Right on Qiaojia Lu which forks to the right, then forks to the left. We took the right fork here on Xundao Lu. Then a left at the second alley to the left, Tiandeng Long (it even has a street sign in English!).
Tiandeng Long makes a right turn before you reach No. 77, the oldest house in Shanghai.
The house across the alley was interesting:
We backtracked on Tiandeng Long:
Xu Guangqi, eminent scholar and official, is the namesake of the neighborhood where we live in Shanghai. He was born into a poor family in 1562. Although his birthplace is reported to be at 234 Qiaojia Lu:
The former family ancestral hall at 250 Guangqi Nan Lu; at No 24?
Heading north on Guangqi Lu to Yuyuan Bazaar to see the New Year's decorations.
The Huxinting Teahouse:
Now is the time to buy ear muffs:
We took Metro Line 10 from Yuyuan to Xintiandi Station, and walked west on Fuxing Zhong Lu. Found the Ceviche Peruvian Cafe at No. 559.
Had some Peruvian comfort food, Aji de Gallina and Lamb Seco, but the starter was a delight - crab causas:
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Happy Chinese New Year! We had hours of fireworks lasting from 7:00 pm last night until 1:00 am this morning. Not all in one place, but all over the place. I would have liked to have seen what Shanghai looked like from space.
Holiday decorations at Grand Gateway:
More is better red lanterns in the atrium:
It had a garden with rockeries:
Friday, February 15, 2013
Another walk up Changshu Lu:
I went to the Embellishments Market, but it was closed. Ended up at the local shops [way] outside of Yuyuan.
Arm cuffs for kids:
Very popular eyeglasses sans lenses:
Thursday, February 21. 2013
A last walk to capture some last minute scenes, like this Nanquan Lu in Pudong eatery sign:
(Usually the slits on butterfly houses are vertical.) Just decorative, I guess!
Friday, February 22, 2013
Nothing like last minute! Finally got to Jishi/Jesse Restaurant, going early before 17:00 to make sure we could get in. No crowds yet:
Jesse Restaurant is supposed to be (one of) the best Shanghainese cuisine restaurant(s) in Shanghai.