If you've seen pictures of Shanghai, they were probably of The Bund. I find this area most interesting because it displays an obvious contrast between the “Old Colonial (but still modern) China” and the “Futuristic China” -- where China came from, and where it's going. And you can see both sides at the same time. Fascinating...
After cruising along the river, we went to the Puxi “future” side of the river via the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. How can I describe this?? Imagine the creepiness and cheesiness of Willy Wonka's River Cruise (watch starting at 00:35 seconds), but instead of a boat we got this:
Over on the Puxi side of the river, we went for some conveyor belt sushi. This place was great and we made it just in time before it closed...and in time to watch them save the unpurchased sushi for the next day. The verdict is still out on whether I'll return.
To end our night on the Bund, we traveled to our new favorite place to go: Paramount. Mix some Europeans, Americans and Asians with a fog machine, fabulous mash-up techno music, and a ton of smoke and you're at Paramount. With the V.I.P. cards we've managed to snag, you can also add in a private table, some snacks, and great service by Mark, my new Canadian-born Asian buddy.
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