Shanghai, China–Day 1

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We have booked a boat-themed hostel for our first days of stay in China.

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People dry their cloths right by the window, and pray that these washed cloths won’t be blown off by wind or undone by rain.

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Wall collage with touristy sceneries.

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Mobile bikes are extremely popular in China. Scan and unlock the nearest bike you can find on your cell phone app. When you are done, lock and your account is automatically charged. They usually charge 1 yuan (0.15 USD) per half-hour. Pick up anywhere, park anywhere.

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Our touristy neighborhood.

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I have been wanting to get on a touristy tram forever. Nope, not this time.

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Freshly-squeezed orange vending machine. Put a few coins in and the machine will squeeze a few oranges and make a drink out of it for you.

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We visited the fresh market around where I used to live.

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All sorts of eggs.

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Live bull frog

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Gigantic east melon.

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Advertisement about lawful parking.

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The lions next to these gates usually come in male-female pairs.

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The park not far from where I used to live. It is a park in commoration of Lu Xun, one of the greatest Chinese writers in recent history.

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Lu Xun’s Memorial grave. Also a monument for China-Japan young people’s friendship.

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There is an art district not far from the park.

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Lots of coffeeshops and artistic shops.

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People taking wedding photos here.

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Apparently this is the only Chinese-style Christian church in the world. Built around 100 years ago, the church had some interesting history, including its pastor and 10 followers imprisoned and killed by Japanese when Shanghai was occupied by Japan.

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The Christian book store next to the church.

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Ground floor seating is for the overflow on Sunday’s sermon.

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Stained glass windows.

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Second floor is the main congregation

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We found this

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Blind people’s massage across from the art walk. According to Wiki, “since blind massage therapists lack the sense of sight, these masseurs rely on their sense of touch. It is believed that due to their inability to see, a blind massage therapist channels his or her energy towards his other senses. These people see through their hands. It is also believed that people who lack their sense of sight are able to feel the flow of energy using their sense of touch. And amazingly, they are also able to transmit energy to other people.”

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Small grocery shops

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Dried mushrooms

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Dinner at one of my favorite places near my old apartment, Love Lounge.

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The restaurant has a cave for the guests.

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Duck pizza.

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Cat wants to join.

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The highlight is their dessert, cream covered with mango pieces.

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The football stadium not far from my old apt. I used to be always worried about running into those football match crowds.

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Bowling alley next to the football stadium.

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Going back to our hostel we passed by the center of Shanghai, the Bund.

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A bronze bull

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A peaceful raid on a stationary supplies clearance sale near by our hostel. Everything was sold for a little more than $1 per pound. People lined up with all that they could grab. The staff carefully weighed each item and added them up.

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