Hopping off the South Station of Shanghai, I hailed a taxi and made my way to He Fei Road, next to Dan Shui Road.
Taxi in Shanghai was surprisingly cheap, despite it being a metropolitan city. Getting to my destination cost me less than 40 yuan (slightly less than RM20) on a 20 mins ride.
Soon I was at the foot of the building of my friend's apartment.
Fancy little place in the middle of the French Concession.
My room was on the 31st floor, overlooking the beautiful downtown of Shanghai. I fell in love instantly. How can you not love a place as magnificient as this? I was eager to know more about Shanghai.
My breakfast the next morning
The next day, my friend brought me to this little ex-residential road called Tai Kang Road.
It has now tranformed into a modern art gallery area a year ago, with many narrow alley ways and cute tiny boutiques every corner you turn;
I found a white persian cat here
Tai Kang soon blossomed into an expat zone, equipped with fancy cafes and free wifi for foreigners who came to Shanghai for work.
And also for Tai Tai to meet up with their Tai Tai friends for tea.
What I found particularly amazing, was that there were still many houses that were occupied here. On one road, you find fancy expensive boutiques down to the end,
On the same road, you find old run down houses, with no plumbing system installed, the other way up.
In one corner, you'll see an elegant shop stood out handsomely;
With quirky taglines which I was sure it was not meant to be written that way.
In the other, you'll find panties and towels hanging dry on poles across the narrow lane.
And aunties who walked around in their aprons making dinner for the evening behind (or in front? I couldn't tell the difference) their hourses.
While the uncles did their manly stuff.
Gambling is serious man business
This house was so small, there was hardly space to turn your body. No lights, no plumbing system, people here shower and do their business in the public shared toilets out in the common area.
I spotted a gorgeous liddle chocolate shop here. :D :D :D
The chocolates weren't exactly expensive, like Godiva expensive kinda expensive, but it's expensive enough to keep my purse tightly sealed in my bag.
I do have to remind you, I was very very very tempted though.
How could one resist temptation such as this!
Hence I had this for tea instead.
Shanghai "yum cha" style (afternoon tea). Small bites along the way that cost 5 yuan per plate. Too cheap!
And and and... I had this!
Shanghai Xiao Long Pao!!!! 5 yuan per basket. OMG.
Ok, this wasn't that nice than the ones I had later. But it's cheap!!
Walking out of Tai Kang Road, I later adjourned to the Old Shanghai Market; or a market in the Old Shanghai area.
Where I bought some in-season lychee!!!!!
OMFG THEY WERE SO SWEET!!!
Never go for the King of Lychee (or Lychee King; "Li Zi Wang"), it's only nice looking; go for the slightly greenish ones that's so sweet you might want to drink coffee after eating them. I couldn't remember the name but do ask for a taste before you make purchase.
Also, I bought a fruit where I have never heard or tasted before.
It's called Yang Mei. (Yang2 Mei2)
Looks like lychee, but it's definitely not one.
The market sells a lot of live stock.
To water snakes,
To little mini lobsters,
ok ok, cray fish if you want to be so specific,
They look like this when they're cooked.
And they're yummy
I don't know about you, but I think it's so weird to be choosing a live chicken that's about to be your dinner later on. They skin these chicken on the spot once you've made purchase. Ewww....
There's prawns (or shrimps) too.
Haha, using chopstick to fondle with the shrimps.
Not alive ones la.
This photo reminds me of a bloody female butcher who killed her husband for infidelity and sell his flesh to people to eat.
Back home, I tried out my new found fruit - Yang Mei.
Red, soft, and small.
Sourish. Sweet. Juicy.
It's like orange without the peel. Only it's harder, and red.
Yep, Yang Mei. Sorry can't type mandarin in this pc cause I'm right now in Krabi where I'm updating this entry from a small internet cafe because internet charges at Sheraton is RM2 (20 baht) / min. -.-