ôme, and Swarovski's, were all present in the downtown core, many of them on the main shopping street Nanjing Road.
The price was incredibly inexpensive. We received enough food to feed a family of four, including a dozen large fried dumplings, boiled dumpling soup and cans of "Chinese Cola" for the equivalent of around $3 Canadian. Compare this to the coffee we would get from Shanghai Starbucks, which came to around $6 Canadian. But patronizing Starbucks did have the advantage of guaranteeing access to a Western style toilet. In Rich's opinion, this was worth every penny.
Throughout Shanghai we saw advertisements for the upcoming 2010 Shanghai Expo, including the blue Haibao mascot that looked to me like a cross between Gumby and a giant tooth from a toothpaste commercial. Preparations for the Expo meant around-the-clock, 7/24 construction–a pace that could only be dictated by a Communist country like China. Unfortunately the massive construction only worsened the already polluted air. Although it was "sunny" for most of the days that we were in Shanghai, we rarely ever saw the sun due to the thick smog.