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.
Shànghǎi is crowded, but fun.
Because so many people live in Shànghǎi, the Metro is crowded even at 10:30p.m.
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.
Although many people have cars, bikes and motorcycles are very practical and popular in Shànghǎi.
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.
Some places look very familiar in Shànghǎi.
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.
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.
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.
If you like history or art, come to the Shànghǎi Museum.
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.
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.
Although many people live in China, you can always find quiet spots too. In the spring, flowers are everywhere.
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