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Day 4 (10.02.2007)


In the morning of this day I drove to the Longhuasi (temple). This temple is located to the southwest of the city center and the atmosphere is nice. First I passed by a few stalls and then I came to the pagoda of the Longhuasi. The pagoda is built of wood and brick. It has got 7 floors and it is 40 m high. Unfortunately the pagoda is closed to the public. After seeing the pagoda from the outside I entered the temple. The temple was built in the 10th century. The roofs of the buildings are greyish or black and the outside walls are yellow. In the temple there were many Chinese who prayed with incense sticks. It was an interesting experience, because it was the first temple in China I saw almost without tourists. Almost everybody here is Chinese. The statue of the Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara in the temple is very beautiful. I was very happy to find such a pearl in a modern city like Shanghai. After that I drove to the Old Town of Shanghai. I ate in a big restaurant where one can choose the dishes which look tasty from a long counter. Especially for foreigners who do not know the Chinese cuisine it is very interesting, because they can see the great variety and choose in a more direct way what they want to eat. Then I went to the Yuyuan Garden and this time I had got enough time. I visited the Yuyuan in 2006, but I wanted to see it more detailed this time. The official Pan En built this garden in the 16th century (Ming Dynasty). Beside the buildings with typical Chinese roofs, there are ponds, trees and bizarre rocks (elements of a typical Chinese garden) in this garden. There are also a 400-year-old Ginkgo and a 100-year-old Magnolia in this garden. The Yuyuan is very nice, but there are many tourists, too. After I had more time this time and I could see more I was very surprised how large the Yuyuan is. Afterwards I took a walk on the riverwalk, which is called Bund. The riverwalk is at the Huangpu River. On one side of the Huangpu there are older buildings and many of them are built in the European architectural style. They came from the time when Great Britian and other Western powers had got much influence in China. The building of the former Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank from 1923 is very remarkable. On the other bank side of the Huangpu there is Pudong (district in Shanghai) with many modern skyscrapers. The TV tower in Pudong is 468 m high and belongs to the highest buildings in the world. Its name is Oriental Pearl Tower. The harbour of Shanghai belongs to the biggest harbours in the world. Then I took a walk on Shanghai's main shopping street, the Nanjing Lu. After dark all shops and skyscrapers are illuminated. Afterwards I went to my hotel.

Pagoda of the Longhuasi
Pagoda of the Longhuasi

Longhuasi (Temple)
Longhuasi (Temple)

Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara in the Longhuasi
Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara in the Longhuasi

The Yuyuan Garden
The Yuyuan Garden

The Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong
The Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong

Nanjing Lu by night
Nanjing Lu by night


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