Writing this late afternoon the next day, so I just remember the highlights....
Woke early; internet, exercise, shower, hotel breakfast. I mistook the cereal bowl for a coffee cup, but even that was small. Finally realized that the pickles and preserved eggs are placed next to the congee for a reason.
Walked north, hit Starbucks for a walking cup, continued north to Jin Mao Tower. Well worth a visit... elevators go to the 88th floor deck in less than a minute. View is incredible; I finally got a visceral sense of how huge Shanghai has become. It is going to become much larger yet.
Took subway south, to Science & Technology Museum, but found it was closed on Monday. Avoided many bad drivers, bad pedestrians, bad cyclists, and bad hawkers on the way. You have to see the vehicular aggression over a number of days to really realize how senseless and habitual it is.
Meandered north back to hotel, via residential streets, local commercial streets, construction blocks, the different feel of a foreigner-oriented street. (When you see signs for Carlsberg and Heineken, that's the tipoff.)
Got back to the hotel in time to avoid rush hour. Did some internet, relaxed, and got out about 7:30 for some dinner.
Local restaurant, menus all Chinese, me a bit too spaced and hungry (and pressured by waiter at elbow) to do due diligence, and took the set meal he recommended. Looked like lampchops, with sauteed peppers and onions, and a fried egg. Dug in, and only on the second chop realized they were a bit smaller, and the meat was a bit denser than lamb. Assertively spiced; chewy. uhm, I was starting to wonder. No grain -- meat, vegetables, some broth, and a meat relish -- unbalanced, meat-oriented. After finishing I checked the menu and was relieved to find the character for lamb... I've seen dog, frog and more on the menus here, and thought for a moment I had had a life-changing moment without realizing it....
Went to visit computer stores at Times Square and related malls. Foot traffic was incredibly bad, and made worse by delivery mopeds screaming through. Almost took the head off one schmuck who came at me suddenly with brights and horns and speed. Fending off watch hawkers, DVD hawkers, girl hawkers all the time.
Computers are widely available in Shanghai, if you go to the right areas. Prices seem comparable to the States, although it's hard to tell exactly what a posted list price includes. Many of the desktop towers had racing stripes and other boyish designs. The sales commission process must be a trip.
Retreated to the safety of the hotel, and listened to the lengthy honkings of horns as they passed. Pedestrians here have not yet discovered portable airhorns, but I'm not sure whether they would use them... it seems the small must accept their fate. Me, I beep right back at cars, we're all only human, nothing more, and nothing less.