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[文化博览] 【整理】2009-12-14 Smart Travels 上海篇—3

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How do you do?

Dispensary No.1 is a pharmacy with some wild-looking cures.

What do we have here? What is this?

It's Chinese caterpillar fungus. It's for lung cure.

Chinese caterpillar fungus? For the lungs? Can it save me? Can we look at one?

Next door, Food Store No.1 offers up mounds and mounds of foods, candies, meats and vegetables, figuring out exactly which is which to be challenging.

The west end of Nan Jing Dong Lu grows upscale with elite shops that the average Chinese workers can only afford to look at. Still, the streets are thronged with eager shoppers, Shanghai's youthful growing middle-class.

Taxis in Shanghai are clean, safe and extremely inexpensive. It's the way to get around. The only catch is most drivers don't speak or read English. So, get the concierge at your hotel to write down the destination in Chinese and away you go.

Good guidebooks will also have a list of Shanghai destinations in Chinese characters.

Here I'm going to right there.

I'm headed for tea at the Yu Yuan Bazaar.

Tea began in China. The Chinese domesticated tea plants five or six thousand years ago.

In Shanghai area, the most popular tea is that green tea. The function of Wulong Tea kinda for digestion, also kinda for lose weight, we say Wulong tea the slimming tea.

Lose weight?
Yeah, lose-weight Tea.

For me, a big cup.

Oh, I would give you that.

In addition to drinking green and Wulong tea, the Chinese drink a variety of flavored teas. The most dramatically beautiful is jasmine tea that blossoms when steeped in hot water.

Why is one Romeo and one Juliet?

And the long shape is the Romeo, that round is the Juliet. The Romeo is a red flower hidden inside and Julia is a white flower hidden inside, different in the shape.

Romeo and Julia are jasmine infused tea leaves wrapped around flowers. Romeo has a slightly stronger flavor than Juliet.
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