The street in Shanghai on which the hotel was located. Lots of pedestrians, and - surprise! - no cars.

Very Western-feeling. Could almost be New York (does it have any pedestrian-only streets?).

One of the hip stores in China. We saw a few of these; they seem to not have the same implication as in the US.

The view from the Bund, across the river into Pudong.

More cross-river shots. Shanghai definitely has more of a "real city" feel than does Beijing.

The Bund has far more Westerners than any other area we saw in China. Of course, there are lots of people selling kitschy stuff, lots of tourists like me taking pictures, and all the other things that go with that environment.

An older building, from pre-Communist China.

Still lots of boats, though these look a little more high-tech than what's on the Grand Canal.

A brief clearing in the sea of tourists.

Skyscrapers galore.

A plant sculpture which was getting a lot of attention (I'm not sure why). For some reason, Dan objected to my characterization of this as landscape architecture.

Good to see Heineken is adequately represented at the top of Shanghai's buildings.

One of China's staple foods (and I'm not really kidding, either - these are all over the place).

A smaller street in the business area of Shanghai. Notice the ridiculous web of electrical wire.

We would have dinner that night with Art, a friend of Elaine and mine from Stanford, who lives in Hong Kong but spends a lot of time in Shanghai. He was staying at this hotel, the Westin.

The (literal) flashiness of Shanghai. This building rotates through lots of different images.

The flashy building, in a different guise.

Shanghai and its attempt to look like Times Square

The old Shanghai.

Lots of people (though it doesn't feel as crowded as New York or Hong Kong).

Some shots looking down the street.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Across the river, from the Pudong side.

The Aurora building again.

Again, the flashy signs of Shanghai. Imagine: a city with the openness of Manhattan and the subtlety of Las Vegas!

I'm still trying to teach Elaine what a BACKpack is...

Gotta love these signs. They certainly don't stop people from spitting, but for all I know it could have been worse before.

Monday morning, my final one in China, Elaine and I got up really early so we could walk around and see a proper food market. Unfortunately, we got Daly City weather, except a little warmer.

People doing various activities (dancing, tai chi) in the park. Chinese get in free, while we had to pay.

That same park.

Another variation on a brilliant theme. Reminds me of The Godfather, Part II.

A funky overpass for pedestrians. Shanghai seems to have the pedestrian situation more under control than the other cities we visited, although Beijing is doing some good things in certain areas too.

An old gate? I think it was in the guidebook, though we just walked by.

The market to which we were heading. On the lots of list: live animals. On the very few of list: foreigners...

Being a cyclist, I think it's great that people use bikes to get around in China. However, this crowded alleyway doesn't really seem like the place to do it.

More live animals.

I imagine that this is what most of Shanghai looks like.

Another park on our way back. We would soon spot...

Large groups of women dancing. Some were dancing to traditional music, while others (in their 40s and 50s no less) were grooving to Dance Dance Revolution. Elaine and I were suitably amused.

Time to get down.

7 AM - party time!

Just an interesting building. After our walk and breakfast, Elaine went off with the group, and I walked around for half an hour before getting a shuttle to the airport.

Right near where all the tourists stay. It's interesting to see the contrast of old and new.

The final China picture!