We were 'at leisure' ...as was the rest of Shanghai so the whole place was mob-busy with locals and visitors. In a momentary lack of wisdom, we decided to head over to Pu Dong to visit the aquarium.
It is quite pricey to get in at a ticket price of 160 RMB each (around 20 euros) but as we had made the effort to go we thought we should just pay up!
The aquarium is across a few levels and you are basically directed in one direction through it - there was loads of superb marine life but trying to get anywhere near the tanks was really a 'mission impossible'.
Since being here, I have had to embrace the culture of utter impoliteness - being a what I consider a well-raised Brit it is not something that I am used to but it basically it involves just plain old shoving and barging your way in and blatant disregard for fellow man - no 'excuse me' or 'please can I just?'...join a queue? What's a queue??
I am pretty sure that more than half the people visiting there were not in the slightest bit interested in the fish but just posing in the front of the tanks whilst their other halves/friends took photos - hugely frustrating for major 'fishophiles' like Dierk and I as we really couldn't get near.
To be honest, we were really feeling mightily vexed in a place that should be tranquil and engaging.
I tend to think of aquariums as place a bit like libraries for quiet contemplation and study but god no, my temporary 'compatriots' choose to shout at each other whilst no more that 50 cm apart, right in your earhole and without any regard for any other person's discomfort. Where is their volume control???
It is one of the 'uglier' sides of China, amongst other things..
So, I guess this behaviour is what it takes to survive in a city of 26 million - invade personal space, barge, shout, push...walk at people and expect them to move etc... I was borderline tempted to resort to violence but thought better of it.
Anyway, being a tall and let's say I am of fairly robust 'construction' I do have the advantage so managed to get in and take some photos ...and if anyone was stupid enough to lean over me and push in from the side then they would have known about it...
Here are some of my favourites shots. I have taken around 250 and only about 10% are any good so not all as successful as I had hoped for. Photographing against aquarium glass and lighting plus the constant pushing and shoving has meant for not such great images...also I couldn't get near the signs to note what they are.
|orange fish...blue fish...|
|these two were really nosey and kept coming back to have a look!|
|a darling of a seahorse|