WORLD DISCOVERY ADDICT

This blog tell about my travels all around the world, discovering islands, lagoons, active volcanoes, cities and meeting people.

17 mars 2009

OLD CITY OF SHANGHAI AND YU GARDEN

In the eastern part of central Shanghai, was in the past the Chinese city. To protect itself from possible invasion, a wall was surrounding the city. It survived, while the foreign concessions in Shanghai settled. In 1911, during the revolution it was destroyed and later on replaced by a road that is easily recognized on the current plans of the city. During the bombing of the city after the last war, the old city was virtually destroyed with the exception of the Yuyuan Garden. Rebuilding after war was concentrated... [Lire la suite]
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11 mars 2009

SHANGHAI, LE BUND A MUST TO SEE

Today, if you do not know THE BUND, you do not know Shanghai. This is a place where you can almost grasp the entire history of the city. First the BUND word meaning "muddy dock" itself gives an idea of what could be Shanghai to its origins. Located in the alluvial plain at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai has developed into a flood zone where the soil may collapse under low loads. Despite this discomfort, its location offered it a wide opening on the inland China. The location was ideal for developing... [Lire la suite]
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07 mars 2009

NANJING ROAD THE HEART OF SHANGHAI

After the Opium War, this part of Shanghai belonged to the British Concession, then to the International Concession. Nanjing road became the commercial thoroughfare where any goods for inland China, mainly Nanjing were transiting. So, it’s quite naturally that this road has become over the years, the Mecca of Commerce in Shanghai. In the eve of Chinese New Year, Nanjing Road is booming and is full of all its finery. It must be said that this street is a bit like the Champs Elysees in Paris, the Nevsky Prospect in St... [Lire la suite]
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04 mars 2009

TEA CEREMONY IN CHINA

In the old City of Shanghai, an attraction is the Zigzag Bridge and the tea house in the middle of the lake, where you can attend a tea ceremony by Chinese custom which seems nothing to do with Japanese one. The teapot is then filled with water and the chosen tea brewed according to your preferred taste. Then we can smell and enjoy the fragrance permeating the small bowl and only then we can drink tea. During my visit I have had the opportunity to test and 8... [Lire la suite]
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28 février 2009

THE CHINESE FRESHWATER PEARLS

China is undoubtedly the leader in the production of freshwater pearls, it must be said that Chinese history refers to the use of pearls since more than 2200 years BC. In Shanghai, jewelry displays offer necklaces and bracelets which always attract the visitor attention. My curiosity leads me into one of these stores near the Souzhou Creek in the north of the city. Upon my entrance I'm greeted by a salesperson who offers me a little game Advising a tray containing a few freshwater oysters, she asks me how much the one she intends to... [Lire la suite]
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25 février 2009

ABOUT JADE AND PIXIU ANIMAL IN CHINA

When you visit Shanghai, our attention is inevitably drawn to the shops and stores exposing all kinds of objects in jade with colors ranging from white to dark green. There is a Chinese proverb which say:”we can value the gold, but jade is invaluable”. It perfectly symbolizes the attitude of the Chinese vis-à-vis the material. My previous visit to the museum in Shanghai also revealed interest in jade since ancient times. So in China we are talking about the Jade Age, as the Iron Age in western countries. So I ventured into one of... [Lire la suite]
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21 février 2009

VISITING THE FRENCH CONCESSION IN SHANGHAI

Now I walk in the streets of the French Concession. I discover here an atmosphere quite different and I understand the reasons, when a guide explained to me the history of the place, that I would return to you, here in a condensed form. The principle of the foreign concessions in China, and Shanghai in particular, was born in 1843 at the end of the first Opium War. To briefly explain the context: the British East India Company had ceased its business, it left the field open to independent businessmen. At that time, the Western... [Lire la suite]
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14 février 2009

SHANGHAI, THE YUN FENG THEATRE SHOW

This evening the hotel concierge recommended me to watch the spectacle of theater YUN FENG located 15mins walk from my hotel on Beijing Road. Currently, a team of young acrobats makes a representation and knowing the ability of the Chinese in this type of exercise, I will not hesitate a second; it must be very spectacular and it allows me to blend into the crowd of Shanghai people. At eight PM, the show starts and here below, are some self explanatory pictures And I let you... [Lire la suite]
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02 février 2009

DISCOVER SHANGHAI MUSEUM

For over 5 years I have been regularly in Shanghai for business unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to visit this so active city. At each of my visits I was always amazed by an increasing number of cranes busy around buildings under construction. But beyond this huge expansion, what was really this city? Does it have a soul? what interesting things could be discovered? This Sunday, I have a few hours and I decided to visit some places that the hotel concierge told me . I first discovered the... [Lire la suite]
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