Day 11: Sunny Shanghai Gardens and the Jade Buddha Temple

Flower beds, Daning-Lingshi Garden

Flower beds, Daning-Lingshi Garden

Monday, April 22, 2013

Late morning:

The weather is sunny, so there are hordes of soon-to-be wed couples out here taking pictures at the park. They don’t just wear white, there are wedding gowns all the colors of the rainbow.

Wedding photos at Daning-Lingshi Garden,  Shanghai

Wedding photos at Daning-Lingshi Garden, Shanghai

Urban oasis

Urban oasis

Taking advantage of sun, engaged couples fill Daning-Lingshi Garden for photos

Taking advantage of sun, engaged couples fill Daning-Lingshi Garden for photos

Afternoon:

We just went through the impressive and atmospheric temple, full of incense, monks and pilgrims. After the 20 RMB (4 USD) entrance fee, it was another 10 RMB to see the Jade Buddha. It was worth it – beautiful and splendid. Tranquil is in low supply in tourist spots like this!

Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai

Inside the Jade Buddha Temple

Inside the Jade Buddha Temple

We are now at the vegetarian restaurant at the temple and we don’t know how to order. We are winging it. Okay, Chris discovered we pay at the front cashier and then sit.

Fiery red noodle soup at the vegetarian restaurant at the Jade Buddha Temple

Fiery red noodle soup at the vegetarian restaurant at the Jade Buddha Temple

After the temple and the meager noodle soup lunch, we made our way back to Old Town, to the Yuyuan Garden area, where we again found the narrow alley of food. We hunted down the red tofu we liked so much the first time. Yum, yum, yum. Then it was off to the tissue market.

The suit looks dapper for sure, but it’s a bit tight around the middle. Chris told them to adjust it, so we’ll check it out again when we get back after Mt. Huangshan. We thought we should do a natural fibers test where you burn a swatch to see if it smells like chemicals. Then again, I guess nobody remembers if we did indeed order a 100% wool suit. If it looks nice, that will have to be good enough.

Night:

Got a load of grief for not checking in at the first news of the earthquake. I just didn’t think about it. I don’t have the worry gene. Plus, the earthquake was far away from us. Now off to sleep before the long bus ride tomorrow.

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