Shanghai, China

This is my fourth trip to Shanghai since the early 1980s so I no longer do any sightseeing.  However, the sail in up the Huangpu river and underneath the Huangpu Bridge to the cruise terminal very near The Bund is always interesting.  I took early morning photos and then evening photos showing the lights.  The Pearl TV Tower with the two pink round sections top and bottom  is right across from my cabin window.  It is quite a sight to see day or night. My favourite thing to do in cities where I have been before is to visit art museums.   I think that the Shanghai Museum which focuses on the Chinese arts is one of the best in the world and I went for the third time. My favourite sections are the ceramics and the paintings. I also spent some time on Fuzhou Street which is the locale for artists supplies. The paint, paper and brushes are a real bargain here and are of a very good quality.  It was very crowded as it was both a Saturday and a holiday and a good part of the 24 Million people who live here plus holiday visitors were all out to see the sights and to shop. On our second day, I headed out with friends to the Honquiao International Pearl City in the suburbs near the old airport.  This is a wholesale market for pearls, clothing and other items which, unlike every other shop in Shanghai, is hassle free.  There were very few shoppers there, probably due to the 30 minute metro ride to get there, and so the experience was quite pleasant.  The prices are also very good. The photos show Shanghai Day and Night and our sail away at sunset.  Our next port is Hong Kong.

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