At the Gates of Shanghai

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We are in Shanghai! My home away from home ~ It feels so strange to finally be so close to my family – grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Despite seeing them just this past summer, I have missed them incredibly: their loud laughter, thick Shanghainese accents, and delicious home cooked dishes.

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Today marks the end of comfortable tourist bus rides and the beginning of brutal public transportation ~ We took the subway to a Buddhist Temple, though it was quite ironic, this historical old temple in the midst of soaring skyscrapers.

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In the ground of the temple, there were common folk burning incense and bowing before Buddha statues. I almost felt like an intruder as I timidly snuck by snapping photos. IMG_3125

Its winter but there are still flowers blooming ~ Such a blessing!   IMG_3094  IMG_3071

Chinese Architecture + BW (black & white) = akldjkfsld

but then again ….. Chinese Architecture + anything is basically a winning combination!

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Close ups of the burning incense ~ Fire in a daylight makes such a beautiful capture.)IMG_3029

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