Shanghai: The Temples

By far, one of my favorite parts of the trip was exploring the temples.

Even in a big, noisy city, there was a peaceful and quiet aura around the temples.

We visited 3 in total. The first was outside Yuyan Gardens. We were fortunate enough to be there while the monks were chanting:

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Giving thanks to the God of Literature:


Next, we went to the Jingan Temple. The beauty, architecture, details and intricacies were astounding:

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The final temple was Long Hua. This was more on the outskirts of the city and not as touristy. Once again, I was blown away by how ornate, adorned and intricate the details were:

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip. I feel there is a million things I left out, but I do not want to babble on and on either. Please let me know if you have any questions about Shanghai!

Shanghai: The Food

It was not too difficult to find vegetarian options around Shanghai. My friend had done some research ahead of time and had a few places in mind to take us.

All over the city, there are street vendors. I did try some of the fried tofu the first day I was there. It was a little too greasy for me, but the spices on it were delicious.


Our favorite restaurant was Vegetarian Delight. We went back a few times throughout the week. The menu was massive and I wanted to try everything.  My absolute favorite dish was the vegetable dumplings.


We also had green beans, chow mein,  Szechuan soup, spicy tofu, eggplant and much more. The food did not stand a chance against us.

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Another of my favorite spots was ShabuShabu. They served hot pot soup. You start off by choosing your broth (we choose vegetable miso and my friend choose beef), then you pick your toppings. We loaded up on greens, spices, noodles, tofu and mushrooms. This was flavorful and loaded with nutrients.

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There was plenty of things I steered clear away from. Like this shrimp Lay’s, ick:


There was plenty of Western fast food places that we stayed away from, as well. Such as Hooters, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s:

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Another thing I had NO desire to eat was stinky tofu. Stinky tofu is a fermented tofu that literally has mold growing all over it. I am sorry I did not get a better picture of it, this was where it was sold and this was as close as I could get with gagging:


Shanghai was not the easiest place to eat animal free, but it was manageable. At least by eating cruelty-free I did not have to worry about diseased meat from the river. Yikes.

Next up: Shanghi; The Temples

Shanghai: The Sights

Hi friends! I am back from my amazing trip to Shanghai. I took over 500 pictures during my weeklong stay (don’t worry, I am not going to inundate you with all that). I do have a couple of posts lined up this week to recap my trip.
My bestie was a great tour guide. He planned out the week to give us a good feel of the entire city and experience as much of it as possible.
Shanghai is a beautiful city. It is big, frantic, fast-moving and reminded me a lot of New York City.
The skyscrapers are staggeringly tall and impressive. We had a vast view of the city from several points.

We went to Captain’s Bar one night and had a gorgeous view of the city!

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Another day, we had tea on the 52nd floor of the Ritz Carlton. This overlooked the river and many historical sites.

Besides the staggering postcard images of the city, there was also so much to take in as far as culture, diversity and overall kookiness.

One of my favorite days was exploring Tianzifang, a quirky art district. We visited a few galleries and met some artists that were presently working.


One day we ventured to the outskirts of the city to visit Zhujiajiao, an older water city about 1 hour’s bus ride away.

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Zhujiajiao was calm and peaceful, a nice change from the noise of the main city. We sat for some time on this bridge to meditate and talk.

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Nanjing Road was another favorite spot. The nightlife was so vibrant and energetic. There are tons of bars, restaurants and shopping spots. I REALLY enjoyed watching the Chinese gather here to either dance or sing collectively.

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Even though the city is fast, loud and bustling, we still found plenty of places to have meaningful conversations. We had so much to catch up on and there is something about traveling that inspires philosophical thought and discovery.
Next up: Shanghai; The Food