I left for Shanghai, China on February 28 (connecting in Detroit) and landed in China on the evening of March 1. The 7000 mile flight also had a 13 hour time difference, so by the time we landed, I really didn't know what day it was. We checked into the Marriott Changfeng Park, a really beautiful hotel.
The next morning I had a delicious breakfast of rice cakes, fried dumplings, mushrooms and buns before riding out to the site of where we will be building Habitat homes in May, Pinghu. It took about an hour and a half to get out to Pinghu, a rural area with a number of factories. I can tell this will be a good build by the way the friendly neighbors come out to say hello and meet us.
|Neighbors at the build site|
|Everyone comes out to greet us!|
After returning from Pinghu, we visited a temple called the Jade Buddha Temple.
|Jade Buddha Temple|
|Monk at Jade Buddha Temple|
|Shanghai at night|
|With Sheryl at Ding Tai Feng|
One of the more interesting things I saw while shopping was a vat of fried baby birds. This I did not try.
|Fried baby birds|
We also visited Yuyuan Garden, classical Chinese garden architecture built in 1559 as a private garden of a government administrator.
|Inside Yuyuan Garden|
Before leaving Yuyuan, I found a little store that was basically an "everything is less than a dollar" store. Mama would have been proud. I bought her a 'prize' there too. We then did some more 'upscale' shopping in an area called Tianzifang which had cute shops on narrow streets.
|Flounder and Crab "Before"|
|Inside Hongqiao Railway Station|