Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Trip Into The City

Edit: Apparently I am confused. Brian says I live on the side with the Pearl Tower and thus the pictures start on the other side of the river. If you are wondering how I could not know this, understand we live in a very big city and all of these landmarks are a long ways from my home. To start the day we took a subway, which is of course underground and thus I had no idea where we traveled. To end the day we took a taxi, but by then I was too exhausted to pay attention.



I told you I would eventually get these pictures up. This is from a few days ago when me and the wife and Bethany took a trip to the Bund, which is this massive shopping district which also afford a lovely view across the river.

The big tower in the middle there is the Pearl Tower which is a very famous Shanghai landmark. You will see lots of it in the following pictures.




Yes, that is a giant Coke bottle.



This whole street was nothing but shops for miles.



We didn't really go into any of the shops as we didn't have much money, but it was crazy cool to see them all. Except for the random Chinese guys selling random fake crap. They would approach us and say stuff like "hello, cheap watches, good quality." And then keep bugging us for about a block. I ignored them, but Bethany kept trying to ward them off with, "no, I don't need anything" but I think that just egged them on.



And here is the skyline.



More sky.



I think I saw Spiderman walk buy and scoff.



If you look closely you can see a McDonalds, a KFC, and a Pizza Hut. No wonder nobody likes globalization - all we do is export our rotten fast food joints.



They skyline of Shanghai is one of the prettiest in the world. It is especially beautiful at night as all these buildings are lit up nicely. Of course, we went in the day so it isn't lit up, but it is still very pretty.

You will begin to notice in these pictures that they are doing an awful lot of construction. They say pretty much none of these building were there ten years ago, and I counted construction on at least 9 skyscrapers going on right now. Crazy construction.




The coast is littered with these enormous crane. The two big tall poles there are part of a really cool looking bridge. You can't really see them, but the poles are connected by these long expanses of wire.



That boat was a moving advertisement. That is a big old TV screen it is carrying that ran a series of ads.



Yes we are the cutest thing you have ever seen.



No, they aren't the cutest thing you've ever seen.



More skyline.



No idea what this building is.



I like this shot.



To get across the river we had to take a little boat. My sister has to think she is cool.



Shiny happy girls.




The view from the other side of the river. That is the side I live on, but I love a good bit away from what you can see here.



I like the building there in the middle with its crown like top.



I've seen pictures of our side of the river, called the PuDong area, from ten years ago, and there is absolutely nothing here. It was a few huts and small buildings and lots of farm land.



Amy wanted me to take this shot with the lady and the umbrella.



Starbucks will soon rule the world. The building just behind it is an enormous mall with about 7 stories of shopping.



Ooooh, pretty.



Just outside Vanita, Oklahoma there is a McDonalds that makes a bridge over I-44. They say it is the world's largest McDonalds. This, I think, may be the worlds smallest. On the other side of the golden arches lies a little man in a little booth, serving little greasy burgers.




The Pearl Tower again and I believe that is a motel next to it.

And that's it folks.

3 comments:

mullinz8 said...

awesome, very awesome

Beth said...

You two ARE the cutest things I've seen all day. I'm going to have to come back and study each photo; they're fascinating.

alton said...

You are the best sight I've seen today. Keep the pics coming. MOM Sharyn