Shanghai 2011 April

Another time in Shanghai, a few hours prior to heavy working days.  The Bund was my first choice, for a glance of the skyscrapers, people enjoying their leisure time in the early evening.  The Bund can be reached by underground.  Arrive at NanjingEast and take exit 2, turn to the street of the same name and walk to the end. 

The Bund is certainly interesting and a highlight.  But family and people gathering there to enjoy a nice weekend is also a pleasure to observe.  Gadgets seem a fashion nowadays, older or younger generation.

Strolling along the  Bund, its groups of historical buildings and along NanjingEast Road seems like back to the old days.  Peace hotel 和平飯店 has a spendid lobby with gorgeous art / sculpture reflecting life in Shanghai of the time.  Music played in the lobby, guards watching everybody to prevent photo shooting.

My time at the Bund and NanjingEast Road came to an end very quickly.  It's time to rush back to the hotel to meet a business friend.   I could not see the Bund in the night as I did in 2007, a alone feeling back to 1930s and 1940s in black and white.

A very surprise, I was brought to a German pub, Paulaner Bräuhaus.  It is situated in a nice district, on Fen Yang Road.  Music was loud.  It's difficult to talk.  White asparagus was offered.  We ordered the seasonal white asparagus with Salmon and Wiener Schnitzel respectively.  The asparagus was very thin, like female's fingers.  In Germany it is thick as men's thumb.  The schnitzel was not authentic.  A bit disappointed but it's good to meet a friend.


Jardin De Jade, Shanghai

Double A, Alex and Ada plus myself had dinner together after a busy day.  February days were still cold in Shanghai but tolerable. Ada took us to a sumptuous restaurant, Jardin De Jade 蘇淅 at ChinAn District.  I am not a person of spicy food.  However, among all the dishes, the spicy beef was my favourite.  The assimilation of chilly spice into the tender beef.  Spice rose within the mouth, woke up the mind, the taste bud, pleased one's feeling.  Great!

Shanghaiese food serves cold appetizers.  Stick to the eating convention, we ordered spring onion chicken and smoked fish.  Both served to delight us.  Good job!

Deep fried shrimps, hmm, not as adorable as its cousin, river shrimps.  Some left on the dish.  Vegetable dishes were fine and light.  Spicy soup, one serving was far too big for three of us, no matter how nice it was.   

Fried juicy dumplings were a substitute of 生煎飽.  Minced pork wrapped in flour pastry.  A typical savory snack. 

We were full but I insisted for sweet snacks, kinds of dessert in Chinese kitchen.  Pumpkin-like steam pudding and date pudding ended the dinner with a delighted full stop.  We were happy.  Good night and hard work again tomorrow.

No. 1121 YanAn Middle Road, Shanghai
021-6248 5155


Lago (Lake) Como

14 Sep 2010

My second time in the area, Lago Como.  Back around 10 years ago, we hopped between towns along the lake.  This time, with the same trip partner, we went to the town Como by train.  It takes about an hour from Milan Cadorna station and costs not so much.  It was a nice day, blessed with sunshine, blue sky and awesome scenery.

Our first spot is Basilica Sant'Abbondio, a bit outside of the town. It's Romanesque, raw and mighty among the other architectural styles. Inside are fabulous frescos. The church has been standing for over 1000 years. Isn't it great?

The most striking momoment in the town centre is definitely the cathedral, mixed Gothic and Renaissance styles. It stands at the focal point of the busiest square. Facing it are a few restarants. Mostly pricey and touristic but one in the corner offered pizza along with water, coffee at a very affordable price. A good deal and a good place to glimpse Italian life. September, no longer peak season for tourists. 

It's a lovely walk along the lake.  Weekday, citizens were layback.  Some laid on the grass in garden along the lake.  Beautiful houses, art, Volta temple, people, relaxed atmosphere all compose a naturally nice picture.  It's a pleasure walk.  Ducks, pigeons and swans walked almost with us together.  Water planes docked near the coast.  Life is blessed.  So free and luxury seems affordable.

Middle of the round trip comes the Villa Olmo.  The villa is closed but the garden opened to the public.  Statues line up to welcome guests.  No stress, take your time or even a nap on the lawn.  No one minds.  A few trees already wore yellow and red.  The atmosphere was mixed with cheerful warmth and slight melancholic sigh.  Romantic!


Love in the air, one could breath it in.  A couple riding on their bikes, passing through the villa.  Young couples lying next to each other, enjoyed sunshine and time together.  Wonderful!

Time passed quicky.  It's close to the end of my last full day in Italy.  The sun came closer to the horizon.  My farewell to the bravo country.


Yongfoo Elite, Shanghai

Working late, colleagues were waiting for me for dinner. No idea of where to go and it turned out a very nice place with exquisite decor recalling the old days in Shanghai. Yong Foo Elite, brings you back to 1930s, luxury and indulgence. Sumptuous food, Chinese singing 崑曲, what a wonderful night!

A colleague is a member to this club and so were we there, a privilege.  The appetizers confirmed that the restaurant as a good one.  Cold pork with chestnut,  Roman lettuce with a soy wasabi dressing, refresing yet a modern chic. Shanghaiese and fusion, a good start and excellent impression.

River shrimps, simple but delibile. The taste still lingers as I am writing about it more than a month later.   Sweet and sour fish cooked with pine nut, unforgettable.  I was full but could not resist to take a bite after the other.  So good!  Beef ribs cooked western way in a creamy sauce, were tender and juicy.

Sashimi, two kinds of raw fish, served with radish and cucumber, was wonderful.  None was left.  Clean dish!  Steamed chicken, favoured and tender.  Spring rolls, not oily at all. Crispy surface with vegetable stripes, not adding fullness though at the end of the meal.

Seafood soup, good taste and comfort.  Dry scallop, prawn, fish, cabbage added the dinner to another level of enjoyment. 

200 Yongfu Road
Xuhui, Shanghai, China, 200031