We began the day at 8:30 AM with our guide, Joy, picking us up at our hotel. We got on the bus and met Judy from Fort Worth, who works at the corporate office, in Fort Worth and she had two friends from Chicago she travels with whom they met in 2012 and became friends. We went to another hotel and picked up Alastair from London Who was a math teacher. We met a mom and dad and their son and daughter-in-law from st. Louis, Missouri.. At the last hotel we picked up a young couple from Atlanta, Georgia. In the afternoon we picked up another couple who had just gotten off and Oceania cruise for 19 days and live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Our first stop was the Jade Buddha Temple. It is the oldest temple in Shanghai 400 years old. The temple was completed in 1918. It is known for the 6 foot one and a half meter tall seated Buddha made of white jade. We were able to see the Jade Buddha but we were asked to not take any pictures of it. It look like a woman statue but it was a man it was a thin Buddha. The temple has bright yellow walls and is built with symmetrical halls and courtyards. It was beautiful..
We went to the Jiangnansilk Factory and saw how silk was made from silk cocoons
Shanghai's main square was built for the people and has become one of the most important social and cultural centers. It was built in the mid 19th century by the British as a race track for the cities elite, today is home to the Shanghai museum.
Shanghai Museum holds mainland China's best artifacts and relics. There are paintings, sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy, Jade, Ming and Qing dynasty furniture, and coins. The collection of bronzes is among the best in the world and that was the floor that we visited.
Cherry Blossom Tree
We had a typical Chinese lunch at Z-Dragon Restaurant. Everything was served on a turntable. It was sort of like food from a Panda Express meal. Our guide said it is a good location on The Bund as well as fast service but she said the food is not as good as some other restaurants but we enjoyed the meal.
Yu Garden is a traditional Chinese meditative garden and was built in 1559-77 by the Pan family, who were officials in the Ming Dynasty. The garden was destroyed during the first Opium War in (1839 -42) but later rebuilt. There are bridges, winding walkways, carp field ponds, dragon lined walls and pavilions.
Our last stop was to the French Quarter Concession that had a baroque feel.