While I absolutely love my days off in Shanghai, sometimes I feel guilty that Chris has to work while I am living the Shanghai life. So for Mayday holiday, I told Chris that he had to plan his dream day off.
At first, he didn’t know where to start, so I lent him my copy of Shanghai Day by Day and he got down to business. After a few hours of combing through my book he decided that he wanted to take a photo safari of Old Shanghai and eat meat.
10:26 AM- Chris finally rolls out of bed, takes a shower and assembles his camera gear.
|Someone wanted to cuddle. I wanted to explore. I won.|
10:50 AM- We catch a cab and arrive at Wenmiao Lu and take in the mountains of stuff for sale.
|If you are looking for Anime accessories, Wenmaio Lu is the place for you!|
|If you are wanting a pet snake, look no further! I have to admit… I was creeped out!|
11:10 AM- After getting distracted by snakes and toys, we finally reach the Confucian Temple for the first official stop of our tour.
|We were greeted by a statue of Confucius and some incense.|
|A student ties a prayer to a railing while hoping for good marks.|
|Other students had the same idea.|
|Temples are some of the most peaceful places on earth.|
|In the back of the temple complex, there is a teapot museum. Make sure you stop by before you leave!|
11:48 AM- We stop for post temple sugar cane juice.
|I originally bought the juice, but it was WAY to sweet for my taste. Thank goodness Chris was willing to finish it off.|
11:56 AM- We wander through some Shikumens.
|Who are you, and WHY are you invading my territory?|
|One of the great things about walking through Shikumens is you never know what you will see.|
|Oh the irony...|
12:30 PM- We visit the Dajjng Lu Temples.
|The Baiyun Daoist Temple wasn't nearly as large as the Confucian Temple.|
|However, I was impressed by the colorful statues.|
|While at the temple, we checked out the last standing section of the old Shanghai City Wall.|
12:55 PM- We walk to Old Street and the YuYuan Bazar.
|I think most of Shanghai wanted to check out the arts, crafts and other random junk on Old Street.|
1:35 PM- We FINALLY eat lunch at Din Tai Fung.
|Din Tai Fung is my new favorite xiaolongbao restaurant. I am embarrassed to say I have become a tad of a dumpling snob.|
2:15 PM- We continue on our temple tour to see the Templeof the City Gods.
|After seeing so many temples, the statues of different gods all sort of run together.|
|After the Temple of the City Gods, we were getting a little templed out.|
2:44 PM- We get distracted by more junk for sale.
|Chris continues his quest to find the perfect notebook.|
2:51 PM- I nearly get hit by a man on a Hello Kitty ebike.
|This man came within 3 cm of running over my feet.|
3:52 PM- We head home and take the pups out for a walk and a cocktail.
|This was Leia's favorite part of the day!|
8:04 PM- We head to Flame for a steak dinner!
|The fillets at Flame were awesome, and their happy hour wine specials are a great deal!|
|The soundtrack at the restaurant was INCREDIBLE and the salted carmel banana torte was to die for!|
10:00 PM- We have cocktails with friends at Constellation 2.
|Chris and our friend Uwe develop a plan to become masters of the universe.|