Over 25 million people live together in the city named "The Paris of the East" and "Pearl of the Orient." Walking along the streets of Shanghai is an entertaining journey with exotic sights, alluring smells and the constant sound of beeping bicycles, scooters, trucks, cars and vans.
Motor vehicles have the “right of way” on the streets and sidewalks, not pedestrians, so we carefully roamed paved roads looking for the best soup dumplings, exotic street food, prettiest parks and historical sights.
We stopped at street stalls to purchase branches of bright red lychee fruit with white flesh and an almond shaped seed. Packages of dried squid offered a snack of sweetness with an essence of chewy fish flavored jerky. Other delights included shredded dried sweet potato and a red package of preserved eggs. Other treats included colorful Jello type candy shots; little corn shaped candy; and large magenta skinned dragon fruit with white skin and little black polka-dot seeds.
Staying at The Oakwood Apartments in the Putuo District is a good value, for the cleanliness, location and spaciousness. The mid-rise is near a subway stop and above a shopping and dining mall. The full-service apartment offers studio, one and two bedroom apartments with full kitchens, washer and dryer, living and dining room areas. The kitchen and bathrooms were decorated similar to a four or five star hotel. It was very clean and the staff were helpful and friendly. Our unit was a comfortable "home-away-from-home" ideal for business travelers, couples and families visiting Shanghai.
Day 1: Shanghai is known for its cult worship of soup dumplings that are beautifully pleated, piping hot and bursting with flavor explosions of pork colored broth. We found a dumpling shop in the Yuyuan Garden that offered a large dumpling with a straw in the center to sip the meaty broth. It’s a deal for $2 in this touristy area.