Last Ditch Staycation.

Qibao's snack street is not one to be missed.

Qibao’s snack street is not one to be missed.

With the upcoming National Day holiday in China just around the corner, I was a bit late in making arrangements to the get heck outta’ town (and China for that matter) to

avoid the expected huge amounts of crowds that are so going to happen. Only a couple weeks to spare, I finally get off my duff and begin looking at flights to … anywhere. First on the list, Japan near Tokyo, perhaps Kyoto or somewhere in that area. Searched just about everyflight website that I could think of and was disappointed to find prices were through the roof. Keep looking … Japan off the list. Second up,

Chinese Yo-yo's groaning and spinning energy into the new day.

Chinese Yo-yo’s groaning and spinning energy into the new day.

S. Korea … nope. Next, Taiwan and Hong Kong – same same same! I’m not talking a little, but somewhere 4x neighborhood as far as prices are concerned. I refused to spill out that kind of cash when I know it’s just a profit-taking effort on the travel industries part. No thanks. I’ll bare it here in Shanghai.

As luck or unlucky would have it,

glad we didn’t go to Japan as the volcano event wouldn’t have been fun as far as air travel was concerned. I believe the Asian Games in Incheon were jacking the prices up. The only real regret from any of the place under consideration was Hong Kong. It would’ve been cool to be a part of the Occupy event. Not so much to participate, but to photograph this historic event.

So, with none of our choices panning out, our only choice was a

European like street along Duo Lun Lu

European like street along Duo Lun Lu

staycation in town. For those who don’t live here, it’s quite the opposite – I understand this. But if you live it everyday, it’s nice to have a break from the craziness of this city. No such luck in our case this time around. Knowing where the busy parts of town gave us the advantage of avoiding these places like the plague, namely YuYuan garden, Nanjing Dong lu, The Bund at certain times, tiantong lu ( aka cheap clothing street), and Lujiazui. While on the subway and on lines

Othel Synagogue in the Hongkou

Othel Synagogue in the Hongkou

that stopped through these places, we were right as hoards of people jumped on and off at these stations and paid little attention to such places as the Old Jewish Ghetto, 1933, copy markets, Fuxing

Park, Dongtai lu Antiques Market, Qibao, to name a few. All of these places were virtually void of folks

and was quite peaceful even though a couple million ended up hitting the streets of Shanghai.It’s amazing tat you can stay away from these places and still find restful things to do.

Names for whom called Shanghai home during a difficult time.

Mao era figurines along the Dong Tai Lu Antiques market

Mao era figurines along the Dong Tai Lu Antiques market

Chinese Ciopino stewing street side along Shouning Lu night food market.

Chinese Ciopino stewing street side along Shouning Lu night food market.

Red Pride on the last day of  the National Day holiday.

Red Pride on the last day of the National Day holiday.

The entire city is lit up, even the elevated Yan'an shows it stuff off during National Day holiday.

The entire city is lit up, even the elevated Yan’an shows it stuff off during National Day holiday.

How far would you dare to step out? Glass bottom floors 100 stories in the sky.

How far would you dare to step out? Glass bottom floors 100 stories in the sky.

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