Oct 09: Susan in Shanghai

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This is a part of Shanghai called the French Concession. The colonial powers, including the USA and the UK, forced China to concede parts of its territory in the 19th century. Obviously these are now part of the PRC and are preserved as tourist traps.

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Shanghai is mad crowded

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But a few steps away from the YuYuan Market was a quiet park, below.

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The YuYuan Gardens

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One of the most quirky cool places I've seen in all my decades of travel.  Built by a fellow in the mid-1500s to please his parents, who died during the decades of its creation. I'll let the images speak for themselves.

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Even the roof tiles and mosaic floors were elaborate

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Me and my tour group

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They were a very pleasant and interesting bunch. An Indian couple living in Hong Kong, a Colombian studying in Brisbane and an American who'd been living in Tokyo for 40 years.


Despite the five hundred year old gardens, Shanghai was very modern, very busy and I was happy to get back to nice quiet Luoyang.
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