04 Oct 2014

Shanghai: Beneath the Bund 作者:emiliu74

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Have you ever heard of the website Meetup? If not, it's a place where users join or create groups that suit their personal interests and hobbies. I'm part of the Shanghai Photography Meetup, and they had an event today at the ancient town of Qibao. I thought it'd be pretty cool if I could meet some expats and locals, so I signed up for the event!

I brought my friends Cynthia and Divina along; they're into photography as well.

Unfortunately, I could not find the group because the place was PACKED. Qibao was definitely 人山人海 (rén shān rén hǎi).

I wonder how the Meetup turned out because I sort of gave up taking quality photos of the Old Street.

On the bright side, the three of us sampled street food such as kebabs (羊肉串).

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On the outskirts of Qibao, away from the hustle and bustle of Old Street, is a Buddhist temple. Cyn, Divina, and I scoped the place out and even lit some incense!

The entrance fee was only 5RMB, VERY cheap. There was also a pagoda off to the side, but we didn't climb it.

Inside the temple was a huge stone lamp-like structure. People stuck coins into the ridges of the lamp for good luck and fortune. The three of us stuck our coins and even tried to see if we could throw the coins onto the top of the lamp and make it stay.

We didn't stay long in the temple because we arrived at around closing time. After snapping some photos, we left and returned home with our bellies full and our eyes enamored by the beauty that is Qibao.