Wikepedia lists Shanghai as #1 with 17.8 million people, Beijing #6 at only 11.7 million, Seoul #11 10.6 million, and Tokyo #14 at 9.9 million. However, this is because Tokyo is #1 with a metropolitan area population of 32 million and Seoul #2 with 26 million. So Chongqing is significant, and could well be #2.
So this morning I caught the Big Bus, one of those double-deck hop-on and jump-off busses. The cost was $50, but this included entrance into the Jade Museum, top of one of their tall buildings for the view and a river cruise.
So I thought I'd re-calibrate my sense of Shanghai and go to that Taiwanese Din Tai Fung. Fabulous, with a smaller bottle of cold Tsingtao beer. The much larger meal at the Shanghai Classic Hotel cost of all $6, while this smaller combo at DTF was around $10. In the former were no non-orientals, while in DTF there were only tourists.
Well, no perfection yet. I walked to the Huangpo River and caught the free water tour:
The omnipresent Oriental Pearl Tower, with my Westin on the Bund on the extreme right. In notice a cute sign on the ship:
Meaning, keep out! More photos:
Next, caught the bus and then took their metro to catch the Maglev:
Frankly, I was disappointed, for the Japanese Shinkansen goes up to 320 km/h, around 200 miles/hour. Also, I would surmise that the sideways motion of this maglev would have caused a disaster with my sake meals. I've traveled at least 100 hours on the Shinkansen and never spilled anything, which is really saying something, for I regularly have accidents at home.
The bottom line is that I have yet to find that perfect Shanghai dumpling. As I leave for Beijing tomorrow, I guess it would be a royal insult to find this epicurean delight there.