After the river cruise we decided to take the Bund sightseeing tunnel under the Huang Pu River to Pu Dong. The sightseeing tunnel is interesting, to say the least. It is completely dark and has a lot of strange lights and a recording in English and Chinese, which in a comforting singsong voice says things like “H-e-l-l-l” and then these blow-up puppets apparently representing hell pop up in the middle of the track, and then things like “Meteor Shower” and all these silver star lights flash by. An experience. A psychedelic experience? Who knows. On the way over to the sightseeing tunnel we got an idea of how many people are actually in
We had lunch in the 8-story “Super Brand Mall” (very communist – not) – Amanda wanted to get a window seat at the 5th floor Pizza Hut, which she claims has the city’s best view of the Bund – but today there was a 2-hour wait. So we settled for something else Western and then headed back across the Huang Pu River on a ferry boat that costs 6 cents. Apparently, all the motor bikers in town take the ferry, so it was just us and them. Next to us was standing what we think must have been a very unique Chinese version of a pimp. This guy had black pants and a black jacket, a burgundy velour button down shirt, which all but one button unbuttoned, and a gold necklace – yes, he had bling! I was waiting for him to pull out a cigar but he seemed to be a fan of ordinary cigarettes.
On the other side of the river we decided to climb the Nan Pu Bridge, a huge suspension bridge across the Huang Pu River. In fact you don’t really climb the bridge – you pay a dollar and take an elevator to the top, where you can walk around. The views are awesome. To some extent it really captures the vastness of
From the bridge we went over to super crowded Old Town Shanghai to look for souvenirs. Amanda bargained for me. It is truly difficult to find a unique souvenir in
We actually had Taiwanese food for dinner, and it was very close to the American Chinese food you order in. In the evening we went to an acrobats show with Amanda’s boyfriend Chris and his friend Benny, and it was awesome!!! (Chris works for an American investment company in
Pictures: 1.me with Pu Dong in the background on river cruise, 2. river cruise boat, 3. view of Huang Pu River from Nan Pu bridge, 4. me and Amanda being Chinese on the Nan Pu bridge, 5. view of Pu Xi side from Nan Pu bridge, 6. Old Town Shanghai, 7. Acrobats (routine to Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs”) – yes, they caught him in the chair