My Travels in China: Shanghai Day 3 (part 2)
Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats. So off he went… East… way way East… to China. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick’s trip.
(Continued from Day 3, pt 1)
Its narrow lanes are dotted with over 100 shops
as well as teahouses, wine houses, snack bars, restaurants, a lotus pond
a zigzag bridge,
as well as China’s oldest teahouse. The Yu Yuan bazaar and garden is the most popular tourist attraction in Shanghai and is always very crowded.
In the 400 years of its existence, Yuyuan Garden had undergone many changes.. During the late Ming Dynasty, it became very dilapidated with the decline of Pan’s family. In 1760, some rich merchants bought Yuyuan Garden and spent more than 20 years reconstructing the buildings. During the Opium War of the 19th century, Yuyuan Garden was severely damaged. The Yuyuan Garden you see today is the result of a five year restoration project which began in 1956. The garden was open to the public in September, 1961. You can see how lovely the gardens are
There are lots of bridges, pavilions, and ponds. Mark tossed a few pieces of bread into the koi pond, and started a koi stampede!
So far, it hadn’t been a very feline filled day. I did see this cat sleeping in the doorway of a shop nearby the bazaar,
and I managed to get a nice close-up of her sleeping.
However, as we left the bazaar and gardens, and headed back to our hotel, I hit paydirt! I came across the cutest cat of the whole trip, an adorable calico kitten outside a shop, resting on a cardboard box
Look how cute she is! She let me pick her up
and snuggle with her a little
I put her back down, and gave her one more pat to say goodbye, but she got frisky and wanted to play
She was the most adorable thing. I wish I could have taken her back with me.
Its first wave of venues included a Starbucks, a Greek terrace restaurant called Mythos, several independent cafés, a gay club and a tattoo parlour. While some (including the aforementioned Stillers and Kebabs on the Grille) continue to do well, others have closed down or relocated, so it’s still in a state of flux. But it was a fun place to visit, as you can see.
We spotted the Bund Bull,
and of course, I had to pose for a crude photo.
Hey, I’m a vet. I’m posing with a statue of an animal. Cut me a break.
The place was hopping.