Flat Stanley in Shànghǎi, Zhèjiāng Province, China

Great-nephew Bryce sent us Flat Stanley.  He is a character, from the book of the same name, who makes the most of  an unfortunate accident that flattened him but allows him to travel easily.  Flat Stanley came with Barry and me to Shànghǎi and a few other places in Zhèjiāng Province this spring.   While St. Louis, where Bryce and Stanley are from, has about 320,000 people,  Shànghǎi has over 21 million people!   Can you imagine how many people that is?  Shànghǎi is one of the  biggest and most vibrant cities in China today.

National flag of the People’s Republic of China

Shànghǎi  is crowded, but fun.

Shànghǎi has a clean, efficient, and cheap public transportation system.

Going up the Metro stairs and escalators

Flat Stanley on the Metro platform

Because so many people live in Shànghǎi, the Metro is crowded even at 10:30p.m.

Usually the people are nice and polite.

Shànghǎi people are known for being kind.  During WWII, Shànghǎi was one of the few places in the world that accepted Jewish refugees escaping from Nazi terror.

Many people live and work in Shànghǎi

Although many people have cars, bikes and motorcycles are very practical and popular in Shànghǎi.

Flat Stanley checking out a ride

In a line that extends into the next block, kids walk down the street.

Notice the bicycles.  China has a great public bicycle system in the large cities where it is very practical to ride bikes.

Flat Stanley made friends everywhere he went.

Flat Stanley with new friends in China

Some places look very familiar in Shànghǎi.

Flat Stanley at McDonald’s in Shànghǎi

You can find Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, and many popular fast-food restaurants in Shànghǎi

Kentucky Fried Chicken too

Of course, you can find wonderful Chinese food everywhere.

You would also enjoy Shànghǎi  public parks for skating, practicing martial arts, flying kites, playing basketball, walking dogs,  dancing, and more.

Flat Stanley with dancers at a Shanghai public park

Chinese kids have fun in city parks

Flat Stanley at a Shanghai public park playground

Of course, people take their dogs to the park, and some take their pet birds to hang their cages in the trees; then the birds can enjoy the fresh air.

Camilla, a friend’s daughter, admiring a pet bird in a Shànghǎi
 park near our apartment

In some parks, people can go fishing

Shànghǎi is known for its museums, music, and many things to do.  Because China has a 5,000 year-old history, the Shànghǎi Museum is particularly interesting with its ancient collections.

This Zun wine vessel with dragon handles is from 770-early 7th century B.C.!

If you like history or art, come to the Shànghǎi Museum.

Flat Stanley also saw many temples and tombs in China

Another place visitors must see is the Bund, the wide walkway along the Huangpu River.   People stroll to watch other people and to see both the old European style buildings of the city’s Wall Street and across the river the futuristic buildings of Pŭdōng.  Stanley, of course, went to the Bund many times.

Inside one of the fabulous hotels on the Pŭdōng
 side of the Huangpu River

Bikes and skyscrapers in the Pŭdōng
 area of  Shànghǎi

Pŭdōng from the BundThe Bund at night

Flat Stanley with Aunt Renee on the Shanghai Normal University campus.  Coming to China to learn Mandarin here is a good idea.

Flat Stanley also visited Hángzhōu, a city Marco Polo (in the 13th century) said was the most beautiful city in the world.  It is still beautiful.

Today Hángzhōu  is a city of six million.  Many, including Flat Stanley, visit to see the beautiful West Lake.

Spring tulips at West Lake in Hángzhōu

West Lake fountain at night

Although many people live in China, you can always find quiet spots too.  In the spring, flowers are everywhere.

Cherry blossoms

Flat Stanley with spring flowers in Shanghai

Tea and coffee shops are very popular in China. Flat Stanley is enjoying a drink with Uncle Barry.

You would like Chinese kids

Flat Stanley on the China Eastern Airlines flight from Shànghǎi
 on the way back toward St. Louis

We hope you, like Flat Stanley, will come to visit Shànghǎi and Zhèjiāng Province.  You are sure to find much to see and do.

Aloha and zaì jiàn, Aunt Renée


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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “Flat Stanley in Shànghǎi, Zhèjiāng Province, China”

  1. rsheffer says :

    I want a flat stanley

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