Shanghai at night
After flying from Chongching into Shanghai, we immediately went to the tailor to try on my coats. I was pretty excited that they fit me without any further adjustments and paid the tailor and thanked him for all his hard work. He had stayed late to
accommodate our schedule. Wentao would take the coats home in her spare suitcase and I would get them after I returned from India.
Wentao, Fong Fong and I decided to have one last lovely night in Shanghai. We had dinner
and then walked along the Bund to see all the lovely city lights. There are lots of historical colonial buildings lining the Huangpu River. There were built for European banks and foreign consulates before the Chinese Civil war. With the emergence of the communist
government the buildings were gradually taken over for official purposes. During the late 1970’s and 1980’s with the change in economic policies these buildings began to be restored to their original purpose and now this area is one
of the largest tourist attractions in Shanghai. The Colonial style buildings create a contrast that beautifully juxtaposition the modern skyscrapers. Together these two distinct architectural styles blend the new and the old parts of the city creating
a feast for the eyes. I was told the walk way along the Bund is frequented by lovers. It is the perfect setting for romance and indeed I saw many young couples walking slowly hand in hand on that cold winter evening. I immediately fell in love with this
city. There are so many things to do and so many delicious restaurants, it is vibrant and exciting in every way. Everywhere I looked there were decorations for Chinese New Year adding to the luminosity of this already brilliant place. Along
with the regular city lights, many large buildings had elaborate moving light shows; some of the boats on the water had festive lights that light up the night on the dark river. Even some of the city busses were illuminated with multi colored lights.
I remember walking around that last night hoping that I would have the opportunity to return; there is so much to see.