Next stop in Shanghai was the Yuyuan Market. Right next to the Yu Garden, this tourist trap has all the silk scarves and Buddha statuettes you could dream of. Yuyuan Market is located in Old Town Shanghai, so there’s lots of cool traditional Chinese architecture. You know, the kinds of buildings in Mulan (one of my favorite movies – let’s talk about it later).
Though there were tons of shops, the only thing we bought at the Yuyuan Market was a desperately needed SIM card. Oh yes, and DUMPLINGS. STEAMED PORK BUNS. OTHER RANDOM FRIED THINGS. My dad (an international jet setter himself) gave me some great advice before I left for China: if you see a bunch of people in line for food, go get in that line. If the locals queue for it, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be fantastic. This strategy, by the way, is how we ate the majority of our food in China. It’s a lot easier to point and pass over some yuan than to try to order off of a menu in a restaurant.
Pictured here is the Huxinting Teahouse, where we did not go. We ain’t made of money! Not pictured: fishing bird of some sort the squawked in the most alarming manner.
Later in the day, we ended up returning to Yuyuan Market in search of a bar. We managed to find a café above a t-shirt shop that sold us warm Tsingtao beer. We were exhausted and jet lagged, so it was nice to just sit on the tiny balcony and watch the world go by.
If you go to Yuyuan Market, watch out for people trying to sell you watches and bags. They pretty much just accost you with a flyer of various counterfeit goods. Unless, of course, that’s what you’re looking for. In that case, find the people with the flyers of watches and bags! They will help you.