Willy Wonka Was Born in Shanghai

Or at least the crazy idea for that creepy tunnel in the original Willy Wonka movie was 🙂 Yesterday I had a bit of time to be a tourist & took full advantage by doing the most tacky thing I’ve ever paid for: the Bund Tourist Sightseeing Tunnel. I imagine this is what it would be like if Willy Wonka took acid.

For a mild taste of this experience and your viewing pleasure:

(apparently Apple doesn’t allow embedding either – I apologize, but I encourage you to click on this link – the surprise inflatable people & super cool star wars sounds are well worth 3 minutes of your time).

However I also got to walk around downtown Shanghai, in the freezing cold wind, and see some really amazing architecture. I’ll share photos in a few days since I can’t connect my camera to the iPad. I even got yelled at by some creepy looking guards for taking a picture of an insurance building (it looked cool). It’s ok to pee on said insurance building but don’t dare take a photo of it.

We had lunch in a distant restaurant, ordering only by pointing at pictures on the menu since no one spoke English & the menu was in Chinese with very odd, incorrect translations. For example, the following dish was called “Jew’s Ear” – which I highly doubt was an accurate translation:


This was either some really messed up fungus or something else I don’t want to know, but it was actually really good despite the slimy texture. I’m trying very hard to open my mind to new culinary experiences, but it’s all baby steps for me 🙂

The day ended with an extremely awkward massage in some back ally parlor full of people who didn’t speak a word of English. I was too freaked out about the thought of a possible awkward moment where I must explain I really didn’t actually want to hire a prostitute and wondering if a communist country has a sex trafficking problem to even mildly enjoy the massage. Thanks, Robert, for that memorable moment.

On the plus side, I slept wonderfully last night and I think I’m starting to adjust nicely to the time change.

More to come soon!


Posted on January 12, 2012, in Travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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