Typhoon Tangents

My last few days in Shanghai were punctuated by a typhoon. While there were still sights that I wanted to see, I had no intention of soaking through three layers of clothes in the process. So, I moved on to plan B: eat my way through Shanghai. Collin, a recent friend, introduced me to some delicious takeout and probably the best soup dumplings I have ever had in my life. Miraculously, the takeout was hand delivered in the pouring rain, but I guess to the people of Shanghai, the typhoon was less than extraordinary.

I ate my last meal in Shanghai at Jia Jia Tang Bao with Collin.  Jia Jia Tang Bao is a no frills dumpling house producing made to order dumplings of all kinds. Wanting to capture the dumpling operation on film, I peeked into the kitchen and managed a few shots. I don’t think I’ve ever seen fingers move that fast! I’m pretty sure Collin and I consumed five trays of dumplings on our own. And while I was practically rolled to the train on my way to the airport, my taste buds hadn’t been that happy all trip. Besides, I’m sure the dumplings were calorie free…

I confess I ate up to the very last minute before I boarded the Maglev, which hits speeds hovering around 400 km/h (roughly 230 mph). And because I had only enough time for a sneak peek into this amazing city, a feeling of sadness came over me as I left. There remain plenty of sights for me to see in Shanghai, so I guess there will just have to be a next time.

Shanghai’d

My first full day in the city I decided to explore the Bund, drink copious amounts of tea and eat lots and lots of street food. That seems reasonable, right?

I couldn’t help but people watch and doing so, hoped to get a sense of the city. Shanghai seemed drastically different from my first stop in China. It lacked the overwhelming sense of history or Party influence that dominated Beijing. I think the youthfulness of the city paired with the modern skyline put its inhabitants in a different mindset altogether. People were ready to shop, eat, drink and just have a good time. So, that’s what I did.

     

A quick note on tea ‘ceremonies’: agree on a price before you start. 
Often tea ceremonies are opportunities to overcharge the unsuspecting. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.

As for street food, just line up where locals seem to be going. 
I spent a whopping $0.70 for lunch. Can’t go wrong with that!