People’s Park, Shanghai

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Upon returning to Shanghai for more interviews, I upgraded my hotel room to a Japanese style room – for 1 day Smile

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Definitely very interesting place to stay. They even had condoms by the bedside for those in need.

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I have never visited People’s Square of the few times I traveled to Shanghai.  After the interview I figured it’s time.

I came out of the subway with murals time-traveling back to the early 20th century, when Shanghai was a booming with western businessmen, a western playground in Asia indeed.

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They even had an underground mall named 1930, a pique for my curiosity.

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Photographer hard at work.

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There were so many new things once I was lifted to the ground level.  I decided perhaps it is the right time to visit the park that shared the name.

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A stone shipped all the way from South Pole.

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Artsy urban planning museum stood not afar.

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Like all parks in China, it is a heaven for the retired seniors.

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High-end restaurant set in the center lake.

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Shanghai to foreigners is like LA to Chinese – just, hordes and hordes of them.

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Not long after I had entered the park I was kindly warned by my Shanghaies friend beware getting dragged into a marriage proposal.  Now I knew what he meant.

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Now I remembered there was indeed this park in Shanghai where all anxious local parents would gather to match up their sons and daughters with other parents’ daughters and sons – guess this was it.

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Everyday, this was a place for anxious parents to party.

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I even found a simultaneous interpreter’s parents.

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Umbrella as a great “announcer” stand.

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Across from People’s Park rows of restaurants lined up

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Many had a history in Shanghai.

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We decided to dodge the crowd and go for a Sichuan-style hotpot. We got the staff busy pouring their hotpot seasoning in preparation.

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The dipping sauce came in pre-packaged cans.

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A Sichuan food fan, nevertheless a local Shanghaies.

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While the hotpot is overly-abundant, perhaps a sip of wheat drink will make up the guilt

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After Shanghai trip, I found myself starving in Beijing. My roommate suggested the Shandong wrap not long ago, I decided to give it a try.

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