Yuyuan Garden

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The Starbucks in the middle of the old Chinese structures looks very out of place

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Xiaolongbao
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My friend and I in the train after a day of walking around Shanghai

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One of the things I absolutely loved about Shanghai was Yuyuan Garden. It was like entering a zone where old China met modern China. The Fast Food chains amidst the traditional restaurants were the only indication that I was not somewhere in the past. That, and the countless smartphones and cameras tourists carried with them.

While taking a break in the garden, my friend and I shared an order of xiaolongbao, a stew-filled bun you had to eat with a straw. It burned our tongues, but it was quite delicious. We also got to do some shopping, although one of the shopkeepers felt threatening when she insisted I buy a 1TB flash drive. She kept lowering the price, and I was half-scared she wouldn’t let me have my escape, but she finally waved me away when she realized I wouldn’t buy anything from her.

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