Qi Bao has around a 500 year history as a water town, though like Yu Garden, what we see now is all newly rebuilt. It was bombed in 1864 by the Japanese.
You first walk through a single street lined with shops. It then opens up to the entire town.
It felt so surreal to be there. I thought I was in a drama set! So perfectly picturesque.
We did the boat ride on the river in a traditional boat. The Auntie directed the boat like this, relying on the big paddle and rope.
A beautiful place to have a cup of tea and spend an afternoon relaxing, enjoying the view and people watching.
Next we went to a hipster arts area called Tianzifang (田子坊). It was a couple of streets and alleys filled with local boutiques, bars, and restaurants. By the way, haggling is allowed! I was so shocked when my friend's mom was able to haggle in a store.
Fancy facade of the Liuli Glass Museum. Must go in and visit next time! And below are some snippets of the French Concession neighborhood (I believe).
A quick 48 hour trip in Shanghai that went by too fast! I was able to cover everything on my tourist list, but next time I'd like to interact with more of the locals, do a foodie tour, and just enjoy living like the Shanghainese. Unfortunately I wasn't able to pick up one word of Shanghainese though during my stay despite hearing it around me frequently.