Thursday, May 22, 2014

Christopher’s Day Off

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. 
I’ll be honest, I preferred tea at the Peace Hotel more than meandering through Shanghainese Shikumens, but it was great to see my man in his element!