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Yesterday I tried teppanyaki for the first (but definitively not the last) time. My Chinese connection took me and my friends to a restaurant on Nanjing West, right above the huge Forever21-store, where we took seat around a table in front of a chef (right after the waitress set the table and the chef got back from his cigarette-break). Very soon after we were seated, the waitress started filling the table with all kinds of small dishes. At some point it felt like there was an unlimited supply of sushi, sashimi, crab, vegetables, a tongue that one day had belonged to a cow, different kinds of meat, a soup that tasted like gingerbread dough, desserts and drinks. Although I usually prefer sticking to vegetarian food and seafood, I did try all of the meat that was served during this dinner - including tongue, which in fact looked like kebab but tasted much better (did not expect that)! However, as a Iover of sushi and banana, my favorite part of the dinner was the sashimi (AMEN), the sushi and the fried banana with ice-cream. A final good thing about the dinner was that we only paid 200RMB/person, which is not much for what we got for the money.
Ps. As most of the good things I've tried in China, this too is actually a Japanese thing...🙄
During just a few weeks in Shanghai, this was already my second visit to this building called 1933 Slaughterhouse. As the name reveals, this solid concrete building located in Hongkou district, is a former Slaughterhouse, which also served other purposes before it became what it is now - 'a commercial hub for creative industries'. Built in 1933, it's a landmark from a pre-communist time, designed by British architects and built by Chinese developers. Nowadays the building offers spaces for small businesses, cafés etc. For example, there is a rooftop terrace on the top of the building, which is really nice (even if the café making money of it isn't).
Somehow there is something really fascinating about this building... It's both haunting and beautiful, confusing and interesting - all at the same time. It's easy to imagine the cattle being herded through the aisles and on the heavy 'air bridges' towards their faith... but somehow the creepiness of that image combined with the beauty of the building makes the whole thing fascinating. Therefore it is definitively one of the most interesting buildings I've seen in a while!
After work, me and my friends decided to do a little sightseeing and go to Yu (or Yuyuan) Garden a.k.a. Garden of Happiness. When we got off the metro and found our way to the "old town" of Shanghai, I was startled by the amount of tourists, as well as the contrast between the traditional Chinese buildings and the American fast food chains, such as Starbucks and KFC, which are located on the premises now. However, the latter felt more natural and very Chinese/Shanghai:ish, since the fast food chains can be found everywhere else in the city, so why not in the old town too? Not that I'm a fan of that though...
Behind the gates and a big white wall, we found the garden that we were looking for. It was amazing how far away from the city we suddenly felt we were, because the wall basically shut off all the noise from outside. When we entered the garden not too long before closing, there wasn't many other tourists and we got to explore the garden without being distracted by other people walking into our pictures. It must have been the most peaceful place I've been to in Shanghai this far - which I did not expect!
It didn't rain when I looked out the window this morning! Such happiness!! When I left to work, with my hair still wet from the shower yesterday, the 99% air humidity and 32 degrees celsius didn't bother me at all, but gave me hope for a better day instead hahah (I have been a little bummed about the VERY HEAVY rain and thunder we've been having for the past few days). On the way to Jing'an Temple metro station I grabbed a jianbing from a street kitchen for breakfast, and it was probably one of the top 5 Chinese things I've eaten here so far.
After a pretty effective day at the office we still had a few hours of sunlight left, so we decided to take the metro from our office at Zhabgjian High Technology Park to Nanjing Road. Since I had only seen the Bund during the evening, I was amazed of how different everything looked in daylight. However, we wanted to reach our destination before sundown, so we didn't have too much time for pictures or admiring. When we reached the destination, which was a bar called W, we were soaking with sweat, but didn't mind it because we were about to have the most beautiful after work-view of this trip (so far). On our way home we started to get really hungry and decided to grab something on the way. We thought it would be a good idea to try something new for dinner, but somehow I managed to accidentally order noodles with some kind of intestines... so i just had noodles. This did not help the fact that I was starting to get tired of Chinese food and I just thanked myself for also buying some bananas from a fruit shop next to the restaurant, while waiting for my take-away intestines