When Nicole suggested we go to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, I was skeptical. But it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. That and the most amazing Taco Bell meal I've ever had.
After a lovely visit to Shanghai's Yu Garden, the Former French Concession, Shanghai Botanical Garden, and Zhujiajiao ancient water town, Nicole insisted that I see some of the city's modern art, along with the world's biggest Starbucks.
Spring is the perfect time to visit the Shanghai Botanical Garden. Flowers and trees are beginning to bloom, and the weather is pleasant enough to stroll its more than 200 acres (81.86 hectares) for the better part of a day.
A Shanghai walkabout included avocados in the Former French Concession, turtles in Xujiahui Park, and our own personal paparazzi in Tianzifang.
Just 30 miles (50 km) outside the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, you'll find the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao (朱家角).
Spring is a magical time to be in Shanghai. The sun is shining, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and the insane air pollution is somehow tolerable.