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Shanghai Day 2

Another gloomy rainy day in Shanghai as the effects of a typhoon/tropical storm still affect the region.  On the other hand, temps were perfect for exploring more this fascinating city.  This morning we met our new guide Simon and are off to the Shanghai Museum, which boasts a collection of 120,000 pieces of Chinese cultural relics some dating back to the 21st century BC.  The bronzes and jades were fascinating and reflected how advanced China was 2,000-3,000 years ago.

 

After our morning at the Museum, off to lunch.  With a stop at a video knock-off shop where we bought 3 classic Chinese theme movies and 2 Rosetta Stone language sets (Mandarin and Arabic) at a ridiculously low price.  

To The Chinoise Story, restaurant selected by our tour company.  Most of the preselected lunch restaurants have been great.  This one was a clunker though as all the awards it earned seemed to have been more than 5 years ago.  Meh, not so good.

After lunch off to Yu Gardens.

And finally the garden itself, some 400 years old... a beautiful example of traditional Chinese garden design.

After a rest back at the Pen, our wonderful Shanghai driver, Mr. Zhong drove us to Three on the Bund.   First stop the 7th floor for a drink at New Heights where the view is amazing.  Unfortunately, the rain meant drinks inside instead on the terrace.

And then down to the 4th floor and dinner at Jean-Georges.  OMG, one of the best meals of the year!

The formal Jean-Georges dining room featuring a more classic menu.

We ate at Nougatine, the bistro and bar section.   

The Caesar was one of the best we've had outside of Chez Mrs. SFO.

The Crispy Basil and Salt and Pepper Calamari with sweet chili dipping sauce was hands down the best calamari we've had anywhere in the world.

Fried Chicken with Creamed Corn and Sweet Chili Glaze was amazing.

The Smoked Pork Chop with Charred Asparagus and Sauce Gribiche was incroyable.

Where magic is made.

Jean-Georges Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream... to die for.

Great menu, great wine list.  An amazing meal at a reasonable price.