I don’t know that I saw quite so many things in Shanghai as I tasted. Months I waited in the US for this, so I’m lucky that my relatives in Shanghai are bigtime foodies. Before I even had time to think about jetlag, they were spiriting me off to their favorite restaurants.
Since I’d visited most of the touristy sights in Shanghai on previous visits, this time I tried to see the more commercial parts of the metropolis. We headed to 徐家汇, a district where every building is a
mall shopping center. Every building. The legendary consumerism of Americans is nothing compared to the Chinese demand for 购物 （gòuwù） shopping.
Shanghai cuisine is very clean, healthy, yet it leaves something to be desired. I grew up eating my mother’s Sichuan cooking, so this may be a personal preference issue. Shanghai food is similar to Suzhou food in that both tend to be more…light (read: bland) in flavoring. You can find any cuisine you want, though, and the ‘food court’ in any one shopping center is more like food floors, featuring upscale restaurants and teahouses.
Shanghai is magnificent, though, mixing Western antiquity and Chinese modernity for a unique Shanghai feel. Albeit too commercial and raucous for me, I can understand why many expats prefer to make their home in this city.
All photo credits to me, except for the cover photo, which I found on Google.