Shanghai (Day 25): Chinese Travelers

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A new revolution is happening in China. This time it also involves money, status, lifestyle and identity. It is the Chinese Travel Revolution. The massive numbers of travelers traveling overseas for vacations, shopping and experiences are expected to hit the 116 million mark this year. Last year 98 million Chinese travelers traveled outside of China. […]

Shanghai (Day 24): Ayi in Shanghai


To me ‘Ayi’ was how I addressed my aunt, my mother’s sister. In Shanghai and elsewhere in China, ‘Ayi’ is a domestic helper. Someone you hire either part-time or full-time to do your household chores or babysit your aging parents or young children. My sister and brother-in-law have a part-time Ayi. Ayi comes twice a […]

Shanghai (Day 22): How to Haggle in Shanghai

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She started out with 180 Yuan for the pair of shoes I tried on. I just wanted to know the price and had no intention to buy. I asked, “how about cheaper?” She said “if you want cheaper price get the another type – one without design!” I thanked her and walked away. As I […]

Shanghai (Day 18): Yuyuan Bazaar at Night

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Souvenir shopping in Shanghai can go either way – either you score or get fleeced. One great place for souvenir shopping is at the Yuyuan Bazaar because there are so many similar stores that allow you to practice the art of haggling (more on this in a few days). Yuyuan Bazaar is located next to […]

Shanghai (Day 16): Buying Eyeglasses


Prior to traveling internationally, I had two pairs of eyeglasses. Two weeks before our trip to Iceland, I tripped and fell and broke my good pair of glasses in Astoria New York. That left me with just one pair of glasses. Unfortunately in Reykjavik Iceland my one and only pair of eyeglasses were beginning to […]