Here are some pictures that I took as I was walking:
As one can imagine, I worked up quite the appetite walking around the old city all day. So I began searching for some food.
Word of advice: if you want to find the most delicious and cheapest food, go where the tourists are NOT. In other words, eat where the locals eat.
After walking around for awhile, I found a restaurant that just seemed to call out to me. When I walked in, the chef, who couldn't have been older than 19, came running out from the back, smiling, and handed me a menu. The menu was written in Chinese characters and without pictures. That said, the prices were absurdly cheap. And just as I was about to use the game "ini mini miny mo" to select my meal, I noticed what the woman sitting in the corner was eating. It looked delicious.
"I'll have what she's having," I said, pointing at the woman's plate.
I couldn't have made a better decision. It was so delicious. My taste buds were in heaven. And again, it was so cheap! I'm talking about a massive plate of noodles, veggies, meat, and a superfluity of spices, all for less than one $1USD. Magnifico! Needless to say, I became a regular at this hole-in-the-wall looking restaurant.
After my meal, I took an evening stroll through Revolutionary Park - and what a park it was. It was one of those classic parks that I had encountered on my last day in Shanghai. I love China's public parks. When I walked through its gates, I was astounded by the sheer amount of people that inhabited the park's grounds. And due to the level of darkness within the park, as there were a lack of lamp posts distributed throughout area, I was able to walk around relatively unnoticed as a foreigner and avoid those strange, novel looks that I often receive.
"So You Think You Can Dance . . ."
It's not uncommon to see people in China dancing in the parks - and this park was no different. There were a plethora of open spaces in the park, lined with Chinese dancing and jamming to music blaring from loud speakers. And a lot of the dancing was choreographed. I found another area where elderly people appeared to be ballroom dancing. It was very sweet. I hope I'm still that limber and in love when I'm that age.
A little later I heard a peculiar sound coming from the distance. I followed it through some windy pathways that eventually led me to a group of people singing a playing music under a gazebo on top of a pond. It was some sort of traditional Chinese music, played with stringed instruments and a woman who sang in a high-pitched voice. Her voice sounded like nothing I've heard before - almost like a Chinese version of Minnie Mouse. From the looks of it, they were rehearsing for some upcoming Chinese opera or something. In any case, I really enjoyed it. I kicked back and listened to them perform for quite some time.
You can listen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44025721@N04/4950324883/in/set-72157624737098667/