Shanghai Day 2: Xintiandi, Fuxing Park, Circus World

We got an early start on Sunday and headed to Xintiandi after breakfast at the hostel. There wasn’t much to do in the neighborhood except shop at expensive stores so we just wandered around and took photos. It is in the French Concession district so the streets were picturesque and had a European feel.

We headed over to Fuxing Park next. Daniel was like “What’s there to do in a park?” but it ended up being one of our favorite places. First we checked out the statue of Marx and Engels. Then we stumbled upon various entertainers: men playing the flute, doing tai chi, singing, and a large group of people singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Over by the rose garden there were large groups of men congregated having heated discussions and playing games. There was a guy writing with water, a balloon man, and a caricature artist. There were also big inflatable tubes you could get in and spin around in on the water. Looked fun.

Next up: Boxing Cat Brewery. I had found it online as Daniel and I are always craving good beer and microbreweries are few and far between in Korea. We tried the sampler and all were good but we decided that our favorite was Right Hook Helles. The food was soooooooo delicious as well. I wish Seoul had restaurants like this one: thick cut fries with garlic aioli and pulled pork sliders with spicy BBQ beer sauce. Yummmmmmmmmmm! Southern food with a twist.

We took a taxi back to the hotel since Daniel was feeling sore from his football game. The taxi driver had a big plastic shield around him; Daniel said it was so he couldn’t get robbed. Anyway the ride was death-defying, like every taxi ride I’ve experienced in Asia.

That evening we went to Shanghai Circus World. Loved it! The acts were really impressive; the audience (including me and Daniel) was constantly gasping and on the edge of their seats with suspense. The performers were very talented, lots of balancing and acrobatics. Unfortunately we couldn’t take photos during the show.

-Jen Pace

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