February 3, 2011
Shanghai, Zhujiajiao, Nanjing, Suzhou
My family is originally from Shanghai - Zhujiajiao (朱家角) water town in Qingpu (青浦) district to be precise. (Well, further back another few hundred years we are from Manchuria but for the past 700 years Shanghai has been the family "ancestral town".) My aunt and cousin still live in Shanghai, and my brother and his girlfriend were visiting from the US so we made a short trip up there to visit the old hometown.
Jon and I only went for two days because of work, but the others went for four days. They also went to Hangzhou to the West Lake, which I went to back in 2008, I think.
Anyway, not much to say about Shanghai - modern, polluted, expensive, lots of good food, and lots of photo-taking opportunities.
Here are the photos from Nanjing and Suzhou first as Blogger seems to have a photo limit:
Jon taking a photo of the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Nanjing.
Sun Yat-sen is considered to be the father of modern-day China. Personally I find it a slightly creepy Communist propaganda tactic to put their embalmed leaders on display (Lenin, Stalin, Mao...). Sun Yat-sen's body is not on display but his marble sarcophagus is. I guess you never stop working in the service of the people, even after death!
The Nanjing massacre memorial. (An estimated 300,000 people were killed by the invading Japanese forces.)
KFC street advertising in Suzhou
Our gluttonous, gourmet banquet in Zhujiajiao. I love Shanghai food - my mom makes it sometimes at home. My favourites are the Dongbo pork belly and the bamboo, but frankly, I love it all!
You can rent these boats to go up and down the canals.
Making pork belly wrapped in bamboo leaf.
Despite it being a bit touristy these days with souvenir shops, new cafés and art galleries, Zhujiajiao is still home to quite a few people.
You can see many more photos here.