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    Hangzhou: First Snow at West Lake

    We took a day trip down to Hangzhou from Shanghai one day; I really wanted to see West Lake, a place that Zen (who’s from Hangzhou) had fervently recommended when we hung out in LA. It was a bit of a bummer that the only day that we could spare turned out to be a rainy one in both Shanghai and Hangzhou, but we were ever hopeful that that the rain would be short-lived. Thanks to Ade and Puey for making it possible by agreeing to spend a day there with me, and for the logistics of getting there! We didn’t realise it at the time, but we were in for an incredible…

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    Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower & The Bund

    The Oriental Pearl Tower (东方明珠塔) is one of the few skyscrapers that boasts a view of the Shanghai skyline. It was everything I expected and more- the glass floor on one of the levels came as a surprise to the three of us! It was so amazinggggg~ Miniature figurine of the tower at the ticketing office. Tickets! Photo by Ade. The tower. We were actually the first few people into the grounds, having had to wait for them to open the gates. I was glad that we got there so early; the crowd thickened considerably as the day drew on. Photo by Puey. View of the Bund and the Huangpu river. China’s…

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    Shanghai: Jing’an & Tian Zi Fang & FC Salon

    Not gonna lie, this is just a mishmash of some of the sights in Shanghai, plus a haircut. First off, Jing’an (静安)– site of a pretty cool park and a busy buddhist temple (which, according to Wikipedia, is a replica of the ancient historical one the district was named after): Jing’an park. Woman writing down her name after donating to the temple. Patterned floor at the temple. And a super cool mural across the street. We had lunch at Hai Di Lao Hotpot (海底捞火锅) after. It was a great experience- we even had a guy pull noodles for us! I couldn’t not record it on video… he was smoooooth. Photo from Ade. Photo by Ade. We later…