Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Day 6

First impressions of Shanghai: People on the street aggressively selling Rolex. Copy Mall selling fake Samsonite is right next to real Samsonite store. Luxury brands everywhere on Nanjing Road. Wonder about sales volume. Plenty of luxury cards on the road. All the taxis from VW. Clearly the early winner. Buicks everywhere. Nervous about food poisoning. McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut all over the place. Seems like on neighborhoods are rapidly being bulldozed to build high rises. Shanghai’s old lane lifestyle is going away.

Shanghaied in Shanghai

Early rise for the bus tour. Visit Old Town and the Yuyuan Gardens. Quite different from Japan. Wearing a Japan tee shirt: not that popular. The Chinese do not seem fond of the Japanese. Tour is a little different. Seems like commission might be driving some of the tourist visits. Learned about pearls. Fresh water oysters produce a number of pearls but inconsistent shape. Sea water produces one pearl. Color caused by minerals. Iron makes black pearls.

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