Monday, April 30, 2012

Shanghai Trip 上海之旅 Day 3 - 豫园 | 上海城隍庙

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It came to 3rd day which would be the day I leave Shanghai and back to SuZhou. So this particular morning Ang and I met up in subway and took Subway Line 10 to Yu Yuan Station 豫园站. There was no sign of ancient garden once you came out the station, but you would see a modern garden first. Walk along the path, following the crowds, it would lead you to the desired & real garden you supposed to see. It was really crowded. Beware of pickpocket.

I liked the place. We took a lot of amazing photos inside the Yu Yuan Garden. The entrance fee was $ 40RMB per person. Before we entering the garden, we cruised the place. Seriously it was full of people. Let photos do the talk here.

See! You can't run!

He just keep frying :-)

This bun shop gets all the attention. Long queue for the bun. Check out my first post

Not sure why it famous. Didn't queue and buy. LOL

This was good but I forgot where it came from. Bought it from a stall along the street.

Ang was tasting it. Yum yum huh.

Then he eats Smelly Beancurd 臭豆腐

The counter selling ticket.

The ticket. $ 40RMB

Pose before entering the garden.

Entrance door. 

Dragon on the left and deer on the right

Buxus Sinica 瓜子黄杨.  200 years age.

 Ginkgo Biloba 银杏. This tree has been around for 400 years.

Amazing shot by Ang.

There is a meaning behind this drawing on the ground. Ask someone who knows to explain to you :)

After Yu Yuan Garden, we visited a temple in the area as well. This Taoism temple has 600 years history and also one of the famous temple in the country. The name is City God Temple 上海城隍庙(click here for English explanation).  I remembered the entrance was not free and ticket price around $ 10-20RMB. I'm not really a religion person, but my parents are Taoist. I followed the religion since I was a kid until high school. Then I have changed to free thinker. This temple is really worth a visit! You get to see a lot of things, for example, a mother praying so hard for the children' health & success in life; a young guy giving a prayer (Fortune God) for his fortune in life. This temple give them forgiveness & ultimate hope!

Introduction in Chinese dialect.

The temple map. 

Most visitor will take this opportunity to give their prayer.

Shy kid, avoiding camera :-)

After few hours visiting garden and temple, time for lunch and goodbye. I will be heading back to Suzhou after the lunch with Ang. Ang has made some homework, he knows what's best in town. So we went to this local famous restaurant called 徐家私房菜. It was absolutely good. Yummy! 

Look at the fat...yummy!

Luckily I keep this receipt :-) Total $ 208RMB

I said goodbye to dear friend Ang after the meal and took a cab to Shanghai Train Station. A bit worry if I couldn't get the train ticket, but it was harder to find the ticket counter. Luckily I speak a bit of Mandarin :-) The train ticket counter was located across the road outside the station building, not sure the direction but it was on the right after you get out from the station building. Gosh! Imagine you are queuing to buy the ticket for 6pm's train, but that time was 5.50pm when you queue. So you have 10 minutes to RUN from that ticket counter building, go underground subway to cross the busy road, then to the train station building. Outside you have to queue again for checking point/luggage. After checking, you have to quickly check the terminal number. *Sweat sweat* The best idea is having at least 30 minutes interval between the time you buying the ticket and the departure time (but this is ideal for couple/2 persons, if your group is huge, I suggest at least 1 hour :-) )

That's my first Shanghai trip. 3 days 2 nights. It was really a short trip but I enjoyed it very much. Special thanks to Ang for providing free hotel stay and company to see Shanghai.  

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