Shanghai in Retrospect

Shanghai in Retrospect

Last February, I was lucky enough to be sent to Shanghai, China for two weeks for work.  After a sixteen hour flight, I arrived in this new country and instantly fell in love.  While there, I reveled in the culture, met some amazing people, ate a ton of great food and had maybe one too many Tsing Taos.  I won’t rehash all the adventures I had there, but you can read more about my time there here, here, and here.  When looking back on a trip, I always have a tendency to romanticize the destination, but Shanghai was honestly one of my favorite excursions to date.  In honor of Chinese New Year and the one year anniversary of this trip, here is my Shanghai in Retrospect:

Cheesin at O'Hare Airport, Chicago

My friend, Eddie, and I at O’Hare, excited to take off.

The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai, Shanghai, China

The beautiful Peninsula Hotel Shanghai, where we worked and lived for the two weeks we were in Shanghai.

Peninsula Spa, The Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China

The pool in the Peninsula Spa at the hotel.

The Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China

The shopping mall beneath the Peninsula Hotel.

The Bund, Shanghai Skyline, China

My coworkers Carlos and Gary and the Shanghai skyline, looming above the Huang Pu River.

Monument to the People's Heroes, The Bund, Shanghai, China

The People’s Heroes Memorial on the Bund in Shanghai.

The Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China

The (very) large terrace of one of the suites at the Peninsula Hotel Shanghai.

Dumpling Making Class, Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China

The shrimp dumpling making class in the kitchen of Yi Long Court.

Food of Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Some of the interesting, delicious food we tried in Shanghai.  The top left is chicken feet from Memory, the bottom left is xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) and sauteed greens from Din Tai Fung, and the right photo is Yang’s Dumplings (a reason to visit Shanghai in itself!).

Yu Garden, Shanghai, China

One of the many beautiful Koi ponds within Yu Garden.

Yu Garden Promenade, Shanghai, China

The crowded shopping area in Yu Garden, with plenty of tourist shops and food stands.

Yu Garden, Dragon Wall, Shanghai, China

A dragon wall inside Yu Garden.

Yu Garden, Shanghai, China

Our tour guide, Grace, giving us all the facts in Yu Garden.

Oriental Pearl, Shanghai, China

Outside of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the Pudong District of Shanghai.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China

This is me trying to smile through my fear of sitting on the glass floor at the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

Confucius Temple, Shanghai, China

The Confucius Temple, which is run by students and full of inspiration.

Zhujiajiao Water Town, China

Zhujiajiao, a water town about an hour outside of Shanghai.

Jing'An Temple, Shanghai, China

The Jing’An Temple on West Nanjing Road.

JIng'an Temple, Shanghai, China

One of the many Buddhist statues within the Jing’An Temple.

Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

A Buddhist statue within the Jade Buddha Temple.

Mask Painting, French Concession, Shanghai, China
A Chinese Opera mask painting class in the French Concession.

Tainzifang, Shanghai, China

The winding maze of interesting shops and restaurants also known as Tianzifang.

Oriental Pearl, Shanghai, China

At the bottom of the Oriental Pearl at dusk.

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel that travels under the Huang Pu River between the Puxi and Pudong sides of the river.

Yu Garden, Shanghai, China

Yu Garden is even more beautiful at night, especially when it’s decorated for Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year, Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China

A lion dance in the Yi Long Court restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel Shanghai.

Chinese New Year, Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China

Chinese New Year decorations in the Lobby of the Peninsula Shanghai.

Chinese New Year, Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

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