The next morning, our friend told us to meet him near the metro station of People’s Square. As instructed, we exited the metro and found our way to Huanghe Road. Along the way, we stopped to admire an interesting building at no. 50 Huanghe Road. After we met up with our friend, we headed straight for our tasty breakfast at the well known Jia Jia Tang Bao for their soup dumplings. We queued in front of the restaurant for about 20 minutes before sitting down. We ordered three different types of soup dumplings: pork, pork with crab paste, and pure crab paste. The pure crab paste soup dumplings were fresh and delicious, definitely worth the 20 minute wait on the street.
After breakfast, our friend took us for a walk towards the Bund. We walked past various residential neighborhoods. Near Nanjing East Station, we went inside New World Daimaru Department Store to have a peek at the world’s biggest spiral escalator. From Daimaru, it was only a few minutes walk to the Rock Bund, a mix-use redevelopment zone in the former foreign concession area, in which a series of heritage buildings were renovated into luxury shops and high-end restaurants.
The elegance and humanistic scale of No. 50 Huanghe Road illustrated a big contrast with the odd looking skyscraper in the background.
Huanghe Road was flanked with a number of interesting snack shops and local eateries.
Queuing to eat at a place as famous as Jia Jia Tang Bao proved worthwhile.
Jia Jia Tang Bao is very popular with both locals and tourists.
Behind glass the staff were busy preparing the dumplings with meat and flour.
For such a big metropolis, many residential areas in Shanghai are surprisingly low density.
A street corner occupied by an interesting curved residential complex.
Sidewalk pavement fully utilized for drying laundry.
Mix use buildings with ground floor retail were common scenes in Shanghai.
Behind the street gate, a small residential community with internal alleyways is typical in the city.
Sidewalk pavement used for drying again and again.
The central atrium of New World Daimaru Department Store with a digital video screen at the top.
The spiral escalator ramping up the floors is cladded with bronze coloured panels.
Old westernized buildings could be seen all over the neighborhood near the Bund.
Read other posts on Shanghai 2016:
0.0 SHANGHAI, 2016
1.0 SUZHOU MUSEUM, Suzhou, China
2.0 HUMBLE ADMINISTRATOR’S GARDEN, Suzhou, China
3.0 LION GROVE GARDEN, Suzhou, China
4.0 SOUP DUMPLINGS AND MORNING STROLL, Shanghai, China
5.0 ROCKBUND, Shanghai, China
6.0 M50, Shanghai, China
7.0 1933 SHANGHAI (老場坊) , Shanghai, China
8.0 POLY GRAND THEATRE (上海保利大劇院), Shanghai, China
9.0 FORMER FRENCH CONCESSION, Shanghai, China
10.0 POWER STATION OF ART, Shanghai, China
11.0 LONG MUSEUM (龍美術館), West Bund, Shanghai, China
12.0 THE BUND (外灘) AT NIGHT, Shanghai, China
13.0 TIANZIFANG (田子坊), Shanghai, China
14.0 CHINESE HAND PRINTED BLUE NANKEEN GALLERY (藍印花布博物館), Shanghai, China
15.0 LUJIAZUI (陸家嘴) OF PUDONG (浦東), Shanghai, China