Last weekend, 16 of us headed to Shanghai to celebrate our friend Kim’s (far left) birthday. I absolutely fell in love with the city!!
While the boys slept in and ate dumplings and drank beer… us girls got in some shopping, walking and lunching. It was so much prettier and less polluted than I had expected.
The city is so full of contrasts… old and new… Chinese and Western.
I think this is anice shot of the old on the Shanghai side, and the new on the Pudong side across the Huangpu river. The building with the hole in it is the Shanghai Financial Center–at 93 floors, with the Park Hyatt at the top, it was until very recently the highest hotel in the world.
Aren’t these brushes beautiful? I was tempted to think of how one might decorate with them…
I got such a kick out of these GIANT xiao long bao — you suck the pork soup out with a straw they’re so big!
I also got quite a kick out of this woman getting her hair dyed in the middle of a bustling marketplace — I think it was a free demo. You couldn’t pay me to get my hair dyed in front of thousands by a complete stranger!
And there’s the famous Pudong skyline right on the Bund.
It’s such a pretty place to walk along… I loved all the historic, European buildings along the water’s edge. All proudly flying their red flags.
Shanghai is home to 23 million people and has been the commercial center of China since the 1930s, thanks to its great port and special status as the Shanghai International Settlement, which established it as a British settlement after the first opium war ended in 1842. Land deals with the Americans and French followed soon after… and the French concession is still intact and one of the prettiest parts of the city. The lands were returned to the Chinese in 1943.
I was so surprised that it has one of the world’s largest number of Art Deco buildings as a result of the construction boom during the roaring 1920s.
A Sex in the City – esque shot!
Being a group of six girls, we did a lot of hotel lobby hopping and as such enjoyed fabric napkins at every pit stop! Don’t miss a walk through the stunning lobby of the recently refurbished Waldorf Astoria on the Bund.
What an amazing hotel!! Image from CNTraveler.com
And here’s a view from the top of the Ritz from Pudong back to the other side… which seems to stretch on forever. I still can’t get over how old but yet futuristic the tv tower looks!
And of course what would be on top of a bridal Bentley pulling into a wedding at one of the nicest hotels in Shanghai? Why a Hello Kitty couple of course. Naturally.