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Yuyuan Old Street

All i know about China is a movie called Once Upon A Time In China, a Kung-Fu movie i watch over and over, where you watch Jet Lee kicking people here and there. And this movie was the first thing coming across my mind when I was packing up my luggage and ready to go to Shanghai.

Well, i had a chance to visit this city when my work partner invited me. We were going to have a full week of meeting, then we could spare two days in Shanghai. So, as a so called picture taker, i asked my friend, what kind of place i should visit in Shanghai with beautiful view, and he said that i need to go to Yuyuan Old Street, a shopping market with many historical relics.

Fig. A: Yuyuan Old Market Street

This place has many beautiful spot. The architecture was so amazing. You'll feel like you were in Kung Fu movies, with Tsui Hark directing you :). As the sun went down, people started to light up the lamps, and the nuance was amazing.

Fig. B: Yuyuan Old Market Street with city lights

I wasn't expecting to find a starbuck coffee shop here, but i did :) I thought i would drink a different taste of coffee from this coffee shop, as China is famous with their traditional cuisine. Honestly, i thought i would get a cappuccino and ginseng for my cappuccino, but i was wrong. Starbuck coffee would taste like starbuck coffee, where ever it is :D

Fig. C: Starbuck Coffee

Fig. D: Starbuck Coffee Signage, not written in Chinese :D

As we walked down the street, i took some picture here and there, even though i didn't know what building it was (every building was named in Chinese character). So, here are the result.

Fig. E: A large gate with lotus building in the background

Fig. F: A beautiful street corner

We decided to keep walking and found some cozy local bar with beautiful view, Oriental Pearl Tower. I took three pints of Tsingtao beer while enjoying the view till midnight. We decided to visit Oriental Pearl Tower the next night. See you in my next post, Xie Xie :)

Fig. G: local bar with Oriental Pearl Tower view