Still Shangai (Xmas Hols Day 2)

On the second day, we started off by visiting another water village: Qibao Ancient Town.

This village is closer to Shanghai and therefore way more crowded than the one we saw on the first day; it also wasn’t as nice… at all. While we were there we visited their local Qibao temple.

We then headed to the French Concession area of Shanghai to visit Tianzifang. Tianzifang is a neighbourhood made of several alleyways with many little coffee shops, restaurants and handy craft stores. The buildings remain in their original 1930s Shikumen architecture, which is characterised by stone townhouses mixing western and Chinese design.

After walking around the French concession a little bit we went up the Pearl Tower to get a view of Shanghai.

We went up to the sightseeing floor (the second big sphere at the top of the tower). There is an outside area with a glass floor, where you can see the street some 260m below. Jeff was happy to take photos lying on the transparent floor but I wasn’t too keen.

We also took a look at the Shanghai Historical Museum inside the tower, depicting… well the history of the city!

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