Then it was off to Shanghai!
Shanghai is Las Vegas on steroids. I love the bright lights of Vegas and the really phenomenal opportunities to people-watch; Shanghai ups that astronomically. I counted 27 languages during a half-hour stroll on the Bund.
The Bund is the Shanghai riverwalk: you can see young, middle-aged and elderly people in different groups of tai chi (I joined the elderly – every other group was way out of my league!) It’s the place to walk to see and be seen, meet friends, do business. Across the river from our hotel were these eclectic and impressive buildings. (Wait for another post to see them lit up)
The Bund is also the boundary of the French Concession. In the 1800s, Shanghai was subdivided into territories (concessions) allotted to foreign interests. If you didn’t know you were in China, you could easily think of yourself in the back streets of Paris.
Although during the Cultural Revolution a good many of the stately old buildings were torn down, efforts are now being made to restore and retain the historically significant buildings of the concessions. The incongruity of the quaint old mansion and the new high-rise office building was appealing.