During Chinese holidays, it can be very crowded in some places. Yu Yuan garden in Shanghai was one of those tourist traps. Once a beautiful, romantic (private) garden, it was now shared with hundreds of other tourists; It was terrible. This part of the old town had become way too commercial for us. The funny thing is: only 200 meters further into the old part of town, the local atmosphere was totally different, just like we experienced in Wencheng.
1 RMB Breakfast
In the old, non-touristic, part of Shanghai, you can see many local street markets with dirty eating spots (with good food) and laundry drying everywhere above the small alleys. The price of one Chinese bun with mixed vegetables (bapao) is only 1 RMB (around € 0,13) and stir-fried noodles with egg and fresh vegetables costs around 8 RMB (€ 1,00). As a comparison: for the price of our hotel breakfast, we could buy 58 bapaos each! We loved it.
After our visit to Yu Yuan garden, we made a long walk through the French concession area. It’s an area with huge shopping malls, small fashionable boutique shops and, of course, many restaurants. There only were a few cozy streets we could appreciate. It’s mostly all about shop-till-you-drop. Fuxing Park (复兴公园) was one of the highlights we enjoyed very much. A peaceful park where people enjoy themselves with tai chi and singing. We also liked the many churches such as the Russian Orthodox Mission Church After walking for hours – and only having one coffee at Starbucks – we were hungry and tired. We had a small lunch at Dimsum restaurant (chain) Bifengtang.
Restaurant review: Bi feng tang, Shanghai
We went to one of the Bi feng tang restaurants for a late afternoon lunch. It’s a place that looks a bit expensive. Looking at the restaurant visitors, I guess this is a place for people who can spend a bit more. In my opinion, it’s an overrated place with uninterested staff. The food is okay but nothing special. The honey flower tea was nice. To take away just one small cake, we had to pay 1 RMB extra. I rate this restaurant with a 5.5 out of 10.
Restaurant review: Vegetarian lifestyle (Jujubetree)
On our second day in Shanghai, my wife, my parents and I went to a vegetarian restaurant called “Vegetarian Lifestyle“, which we found on Tripadvisor. The place has big windows and is not very cozy; it looks a bit like a canteen. The cash counter is some sort of cabin. We ordered seven dishes. All dishes tasted surprisingly good. You will not miss the meat when you eat here; they even have veggie spareribs! We loved to try more dishes, but we were completely stuffed. The service is like the decor (nothing special), but I still rate this restaurant with an 8 out of 10, because of the food. Address: 258 Fengxian Lu (奉贤路258号)
After dinner, my wife and I went to club Dada, to meet our friends from Beijing again. Dada has an underground atmosphere, but the strange thing is that Dada seems to be located in a living area. The DJ plays good techno. But instead of dancing (no one was on the dance floor) we grabbed a few beers, gin-tonics and had good conversations with our friends. After Dada, we moved to club Logo. At the entrance, and English guy warned us that the place was empty. Indeed, there was almost no one inside. After a drink or two, we got sleepy (my wife was already in dreamland) and decided to skip the dancing and go sleeping instead.