Me and Chairman Mao
  View from the top.
Recently, I was looking through some of the pictures I've taken in the past few months, and I realized that there's a lot I've been meaning to post. A LOT. I noticed, for example, that I took a bunch of pictures of Year of the Dog decorations over the Chinese New Year--yes, that was all the way back in very early February--that I haven't posted yet, not to mention the Macau pictures I've been talking about for a few weeks. (Those will be coming soon though, so don't have a cow--a MA-cow. Ding!) (I'm embarrassed to admit how long I've been waiting to say that. I mean, it totally hasn't been since before we first decided to go to Macau. No way. I just made it up right now. Seriously.)

Anyway, as long as we're on the subject of pictures I've been meaning to post--and by we, I of course mean me, me, me--here are, conveniently enough, some poorly joined together panoramic photos that I've been meaning to post. Weird coincidence, huh?

For the record, these are the small versions. If you want bigger versions, they're here. Or you can just click on any of the pictures. They're all on the same page, so you only have to click once in case you're worried about carpal tunnel or are just really lazy or something like that ...

New Heights
The view from one of the patios at New Heights, on the top of Three on the Bund (the name of the building). If you're coming to Shanghai, this is the cheapest place you can eat on the Bund and get a view like this. Sure, the food is average at best and a beer costs like $9 USD, but what can you do? It's good for a late afternoon drink, if nothing else:

M on the Bund
The view from the patio of M on the Bund. If you're looking for a place to go for brunch on Sunday, you just found it. You just can't beat the view. Seriously, it's impossible:

The view--not only more poorly stitched together than the others but also a bigger picture, so it's hard to see--from the patio of the Starbucks in the Metro City Mall in Xujiahui. This is my 'hood, although I think that marks the first time I have ever actually referred to it as my "hood." Usually, of course, I call it my barrio--what else? Anyway, it's a pretty good view, especially for the price of a cup of coffee. (At US prices, naturally--buy Starbucks stock now.) And if you think the view is impressive during the day, you should see it at night. Turns out, they're not too shy about using the neon around here. Who knew?

Oh, and if you're wondering about the night view I just mentioned, I do--not surprisingly--have some pictures of that, too. You'll see them eventually, don't worry ...
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