Happy Chinese New Year 2016...

I just can't keep my mind off from blogging on tourism places, thanks to a month of blogging about my travelogue. Anyway, since it's Chinese New Year, here are some pixs I took while I strolled around the popular Bugis area in SG, which is fast becoming the second chinatown here.

A god of fortune ushering the folks there!

Lots of stalls setup for the festival!

More stores here near the 'Foo Lou Sau' Building. At the background is Suntec City.
Oh, I had a bowl of Miso Tonkatsu Ramen later after doing some shopping at nearby Sim Lim Square. I really miss the ramen ... it's been a while since I had it !*slurp* ....

And, here wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy new year!!!


The Bund ...

I have finally came to the end of my travelogue covering the Jiangnam area and this will be the last post. I hope the travelogue didn't bore you guys down as it was really an intense packed tour with lots of itineraries. My family and I do enjoyed the tour very much and it's also our first time stepped onto China. Well, I definitely will visit China again but might not be this year, but who knows...LOL

Well, we have already checked out from our hotel and while waiting to catch the 12 midnight flight back to Singapore, we were brought around one of the most happening places in Shanghai, which is the Bund. Overlooking the Huangpu river and lots of skyscrappers of old and new, this is indeed the pride of Shanghai people. Though it rains on a cold night, it didn't stop us as well as lots of folks enjoying the night scenery there!! Yes, we have not visited Shanghai if we have yet to step onto the Bund...  and that's from me and some my readers in earlier posts. LOL

We were at the crossroads of Nanjing Road and Zhongsan road. Check out the umbrellas who were waiting to cross the road.

Buildings along ..err.. was it Zhongsan road? Love the colonial buildings there!

A view from the Bund...

Another view from the Bund...

Looking at the bund from the traffic lights

 I was trying to figure out this colonial building, was it Peace Hotel ? I am sure you guys can help me. :)

And, yours truly all wet as well as all wrapped up with my victory sign! LOL 
Then, it was a tiring but satisfactory trip home to Singapore. And, I finally sweat again when reached Singapore at 5am, after enjoying a week of winter!


'Chenghun Miao' in Shanghai ...

It was a rainy day when we were in Shanghai but that doesn't stopped us from walking and strolling around the popular places, guided by our tour guide. Luckily this was the 'warmest' day in our trip as the temperature was around 10 celsius, compared to those 3-8 celsius earlier in other places, LOL Thus, though it rained, we felt warm under our winter jackets and hoods down. We mainly walked at some old streets till we reached the ChengHun Miao or 'City God Temple'.

Walking down memory lane....

It was drizzling then ... 

More 'old town' and colonial types of buildings here
After a short walk down memory lane, we reached the popular Chenghun Miao. Well, there was a temple here but some of the premises has been converted to shopping malls or shops. Anyway, we didn't visit the temple but mainly strolled and shopped around, as well as have our lunch here. Though it was raining, the places was really crowded on a Sunday afternoon.

At the ChengHun Miao, love the ancient architecture designs there! 

Wet, wet, wet with the drizzling which seems on and off., but I was mesmerised with the architecture designs here.

Folks taking pixs and shopping under the rain. Check out the row of kiosks in the background selling all sorts of crafts.

At another section of the square

I can't stop taking pics around while following wifey and kids to shop. We mainly bought tidbits which were locally produced there.

What a beautiful intrinsic Chinese architecture designs

I wonder if the upper level housed some of the temple..

Folks enjoying the drizzle and cool weather it seems.
We had our lunch at a nearby large food-court over there. There were lots of food on displayed and you just take what you like, and bring to the counter for payments.

The spacious food-court at ChengHun Miao

Some 'big' Xiao long pau which needed a straw to suck out the soup

err... I called this 'satay'. Also got some fried vermicelli and rice for the kids

Of course, when you are in Shanghai, this dish cannot be missed!

Displayed of food at the foodcourt

Lots of dim sum here

Fermented beancurd... it's not as 'smelly' as I wished and expected ... LOL 

'Tau Foo Fah' but it's sour!! Its like drinking beancurd soup!

And, a plain vermicelli for wifey
All in all, these foods cost me around RMB120-130+!! Shanghai is really an expensive place !!


Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai...

 We have reached the last destination of our trip and we were in metropolitan Shanghai. Well, somehow I felt more at home here, probably due to the sky-rise buildings and city centre here, which sounds more like Singapore.  However, the jam was dreadful here as we were stuck most of the times at the highways. This is really one crowded and busy place and no wonder we were told to wake up earlier to start our excursion at 8am, to avoid the jam.

Perhaps one of the popular places to visit in big Shanghai is the Oriental Pearl Tower, standing at 468 metres and gave us a bird eyes view of at least a large part of Shanghai including the HuangPu River. It was a great time there amid it rains for the first time during our excursion which we felt we were quite lucky. Thus, we gotta carried our umbrella as well as zip up our jackets and hoods down.

A rainy morning in Shanghai with the beautiful tower in the background

It was indeed a wet day! 

Inside the tower, it was quiet and we were queuing to take the lift up to its two high deck of  the observatory tower
Views of cosmopolitan Shanghai from the observatory tower

A view of the HuangPu river on a rainy morning

Another view from the 360 degree tower. Look at the highways from top!

More panoramic landscape of the massive city

Check out the pedestrian walkway below

Another view of the HuangPu river
After we were done at the highest observatory deck, we took a lift to go down to another observatory deck and there was fresh air coming in from the side windows. Thus, we got to buckle up our zips to keep ourselves warm as well as enjoying walking on a glass panel.... almost around 263 m.

Yours truly standing on top of the wiorld

The family unites on top of the world

A comparison of all the tallest towers in the world. KL tower was one of them,
After we are done with the breathtaking views, we were brought back 'down to earth' to an exhibition section which tells the history of Shanghai. It was a good eye-opener for me as I read from one exhibits to another, and I am almost running out of time to finish the entire two floors as my tour guide started calling us...LOL. According to wikipedia, Oriental Pearl Tower exhibition room is divided into five section titled: "Trace back to Huating", "Style and Features in the Town", "Sketch of the Port-opening", "Foreign Settlement", "Old footsteps in Shanghai"

I am amazed by how lively the dummies look like. They really look very real!

My kids entered a CGI kinda room or virtual reality where there's a green background. When we look at them from the screen, they were projected onto an old Shanghai street. They have so much fun there!

There are a lot to see here and these models are just some of them, showing Shanghai during the old days.

And, here's a family portrait ...
It was a great visit to the tower, and the tour guide always proudly said, if we don't visit the Oriental Pearl Tower , then we haven't visited Shanghai yet...LOL.

Ancient Town of Wuxi and Taihu Lake ...

I mentioned in my previous post that I love Wuxi. Well, this is probably the place has natural beauty in a lake which is large enough to fill four Singapore as well as well-maintained and refurbished ancient houses that became a fabulous night spot for drinks and coffees. And, the amazing thing is there are canals everywhere by the side of the houses where it was used as a mode of transports during the ancient times. The authorities really maintained these canals so well that it's clean and looks so beautiful at night.
There are still coffee joints around including Starbucks but it's much more expensive than what we had here. Check out the buildings here!

A pedestrian bridge over a canal and overlooking the street

Another ancient house being used as a restaurant

Family portrait taken by my son...

The colourful underneath of an arch walking bridge.

One of the canals in between the shophouses

This is an ancient stage 

It was kinda quiet and empty near the stage and somehow I got that eerie feeling here. In fact, I don't felt good here and walk away...LOL

I have experienced nature's beauty the day before while cruising around the lake. We were brought to another viewing point of the Taihu Lake the next morning and it was really nice to experience the cold breeze near the lakeside. I also witness local folks fishing there and they seems choosy with the fishes, where they threw a kinda 'mature' fish back to the water. We asked him why he did so and he mentioned this is not what he wanted.  He said he only consumed a type of fish and I can't recalled the fish name. Here's some pics I took of the lake.

The huge Taihu Lake which looks like a sea to me

It seems like a water catchment area here 

A view of a highway bridge crossing by the lake

A pleasant garden around the lake
 Opposite the lake, we patronised a tea pot house for 'shopping' where I got myself  two clay mugs and a flask. I actually got the other clay mug for my dad, who was a tea lover. As for me, the mug ended up as a multi-purpose cup, where I used it mostly for my 3-1 kopi ...muahahaha... Anyway, I try to make it a point not to blog about these shopping trips but somehow I find the surroundings there very calming and beautiful. It actually looks Japanese to me! According to the tour guide, those city folks who were stressful came here to stay at these houses for a while to calm their nerves.

The tea house in Wuxi

A serene residence for those who seek calmness and peace

I can't read this but it was located at the entrance

Captivating plants around  there

Another shot to show how serene and peaceful that place is ... 

A nice looking berry plant growing there 
This wraps up our Wuxi trip and we moved on to the last city in our itinerary, that is Shanghai.