Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Mom & Mrs. Schreck visit!
Monday we got to enjoy Lucas's company since he had an afternoon plane to catch to Tokyo and wasn't planning on going to the office that morning. We started the day at the Jing'an Buddhist Temple which was originally built in 247AD! We switched gears and left the peace and tranquility of the temple behind, and headed to trendy Xintiandi. Originally a neighborhood filled with the Chinese version of brownstones, it had been neglected and was restored and turned into a busy and popular spot for shopping and grabbing a tasty meal. It was after our tasty meal that we headed to the small museum which brings you back in time to see what life was like in old Xintiandi for a typical family. Unfortunately, we had to head home after so Lucas could make his flight, the kids were wiped out from all the walking too. However, it was not the end of our day! Mom, Mrs. Schreck and I enjoyed an amazing dinner at The Peninsula Hotel where we had not only a fabulous dinner, but and equally fabulous view of the Bund and downtown Pudong all lit up for the night. Thank you mom, and Mrs. Schreck for the wonderful dinner!
With time flying by and more rain forecasted, we decided to press our luck and see the remains of Shanghai's old city wall. Unfortunately most of it was torn down for construction but a small 50 meter section remains. It was a nice piece of history that until today I was not even aware of. With Mrs. Schreck love of small out of the way streets we wondered a bit and came across a plant and pet market where you could by crickets for competing. The Chinese LOVE to gamble and will gamble on almost anything, even crickets. We also found a local produce market which was filled with meats and veggies for sale. Not surprisingly there was no poultry around. After calling my driver we headed back to the Bund to check out a local shoe maker, and although we were a bit disappointed by the shoes, they did have beautiful silk purses, which Mrs. Schreck bought for me as a totally unnecessary thank you. With a bit of time, we decided to poke our heads into the one of the banks along the Bund to see the amazing marble foyer and breathtaking ceilings. We grabbed lunch on Nanjing Street and headed home for Charlie's nap. Tomorrow we head to Tongli a local water town!