Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Prenup Venue Rundowns

Below are the detailed list Melchor did for the venues of our Prenup here in Shanghai.
The venues were pretty much where we had our pictures taken...
Overall, we had no qualms or whatsoever in choosing the places we visited.
We love our pictures! hihihi! Enough said! haha!

I shall re-compiled and re-arrange our pictures according to the list below... For easy reference na rin siguro! hahaha! :)

Fuxing Garden
* It was popularly known as French Park, styled after your typical Parisian city park with wide, tree-lined walks and flower beds.

Xin Tian Di
* A neighborhood of old Shikumen (a type of tenement found only in Shanghai) has been saved by a restoration that turned the old stone buildings into boutiques, clubs and restaurants. Xin Tian Di - literally, New, Heaven, Earth - is unique because of its concept of construction. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai.

Din Tai Feng
* The restaurant originates from Taipei. The Ding Tai Feng xiaolongbao are internationally famous, and the New York Times listed it among the ten best restaurants in the world back in 1993. Xiaolongbao (literally little basket buns), which are delicate parcels of pork or other fillings encased in a bread dough and steamed in bamboo baskets.
* The perfect xiaolongbao requires attention to detail in both the filling and the casing. The filling must be firm when cold so that the chef can work with it, yet gelatinous enough to turn soupy when steamed. Meanwhile, the casing must be thin enough for the bun to be delicate, but thick enough that it does not break apart when picked up with chopsticks. Get these two elements right and you have a xiaolongbao that bursts in the mouth in a succulent explosion.

City God Temple (Cheng Huang Miao)
* Located next to the Yu Garden and also known today as the Yu Garden Market. It is a busy market today, specializing in traditional arts and crafts. Over a hundred small stores stand side by side, beautifully laid with a large collection of commodities, each with its own unique feature and alive with shoppers, keeping the style of traditional Chinese town streets. Outside, however, it still looks like a temple.

Yu Yuan Garden
* The Yu Gardens, also known as the Yu Yuan Garden, is likely the most celebrated classical Chinese garden in Shanghai. Built in traditional Chinese style with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and numerous doorways and zigzagging bridges separating the various garden areas and pavilions.

Lost Heaven
* Lost Heaven unravels the mysteries surrounding many exotic cuisines. This stylish eatery serves a variety of dishes native to Yunnan Province, including that of several of the region's ethnic tribes (Dai and Miao, for example).

The Bund
* The word "Bund" means an embankment or an embanked quay, and comes from the Urdu word band, meaning an embankment, levee or dam. The Bund symbolizes Shanghai and Bund is an epitome of Shanghai's history. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.

City Dinner
* City Diner has emerged as one of the city's top late-night dining spot. The extensive menu ranges from all day breakfast to burgers and sandwiches, served in 'American-sized portions' and covered in green garnish.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower
* The tower, surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest. This 468 meters high (1,536 feet) tower is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia.

Shanghai Science and Technology
* Shanghai Science and Technology is a large museum in Pudong, Shanghai, close to Century Park, the largest park of the city.

Century Square
* There is an "Oriental Light" sculpture standing at the cross where the Century Avenue and Yanggao Road meet. The sculpture has an upright height of 20 meters. With the sundial as its prototype, it is an interweaving network made up of stainless steel pipes, striking us with its grand majesty and delicate beauty as a whole.

Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall
* Nanjing Road of Shanghai, known as “China's premier shopping street”, is flanked by hundreds of huge shopping centers, specialty stores and shops with unique Chinese characteristics and a long history. Today Nanjing Road is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.

The Bund
* The Bund has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years, is less than one mile in length, and is a popular desitnation for tourists. Walking along the Bund at night is a fascinating site, as the entire PuDong skyline (across the river) is illuminated, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the 2nd tallest building in the world - Jin Mao Tower.

I Love Shanghai
* I Love Shanghai is situated right across the ongoing construction on Zhongshan Lu.

Crystal Jade
* This venue in Xintiandi started it all in Shanghai, originally from Singapore where different outlets offer different cuisines from China, this one in Xintiandi is a standout for Cantonese food. Serves up arguably the best xiaolong bao (steamed dumplings with broth) and fantastic la mian (hand pulled noodles).

Pati pala restaurants, sinama na dito ni Melchor! hahahah! Oooppsss!!
But in case you'll be visiting Shanghai, you won't regret trying out the restos we visited! hihihi! :)

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