Hairy Crab is a Shanghai delicacy, but we never got around to it. As Scott and Lynne's driver, Mr. Wu, aptly exclaimed as he was driving us to the airport, "Agh! Come to Shanghai, not have crab!"
We took Mr. Wu to the market with us one day to explain some of the exotic things. Those he couldn't adequately describe in English, he had us buy. This, the appropriately named "bitter gourd" or "bitter melon" we had warm with fried egg. Fun fact: it helps to lower blood sugar, like insulin, and is consumed to help manage diabetes. Mr. Wu's father eats it daily.
Jing'an Temple, in Shanghai. The Buddhist temples are so beautiful and serene.
People doing Tai Chi in Jing'an Park, next to the temple. We walked through about 9 am, and the park was full of people exercising, playing games, singing, and playing the Chinese saxophone (kind of a cross between a flute and a recorder).
Puxi, Shanghai's "downtown," as we cross the Huangpu River on a ferry.
A view of the "Bottle Opener," aka World Financial Center in Shanghai, the tallest building in Asia and second tallest in the world. This was taken from Yu Yuan.
Yu Yuan, or Yu Gardens. This Chinese garden has its origins in the Ming Dynasty, ca. 500 years ago. They've built a bustling, open-air, touristy shopping complex around it, then you enter the quiet, peaceful serenity of the garden, and you forget you're in the middle of a city of 20 million.
I'll sleep on the couch for a week for posting this, but Madelyn desperately wanted aunt Sarah to dress up with her in traditional Chinese garb. Sarah, of course, complied, being the wonderful, loving aunt she is. Madelyn had a blast.