The Difficulties of Backpacking with Photography Gear

Backpacking with photography equipment is a unique challenge that requires specific considerations when selecting and packing gear.

The first, most obvious reason is that photography equipment is heavy.  A typical photographer’s kit will include a camera (for serious photographers nowadays this is usually a digital SLR), several lenses, tripod, tripod head of some sort, and an assortment of accessories including flash, extra memory, extra batteries, filters, cable release, and countless other miscellaneous items.  This equipment alone can easily top a scale at 40 pounds or more, heavier than many backpackers prefer to carry.

In addition to being heavy, photography equipment is delicate.  The most well made cameras can withstand some abuse, but a tumble from a cliff or submersion in a river will most certainly destroy even the best constructed gear.  The very elements that make up the wilderness – giant boulders, steep cliffs, rushing rivers, deep lakes, wind, rain, and snow – can spell disaster for your photography equipment.  Even seemly benign particles of sand when picked up by a strong wind can scratch and ruin your lenses and grind the gears of your camera into failure.

In addition to being bulky and fragile, quality photography gear is expensive.  Therefore the loss of any camera or lens in the field is likely to make a significant dent in your pocket as well.  And since cameras are electronic, the issue of power becomes a considerable problem, requiring either carrying many additional batteries into the field, or a way of generating electricity in the wilderness, such as a compact solar charger or mechanical lever device.

The gear itself is not the only challenge that photographers face while backpacking and in the field.  The very nature of photography contrasts sharply with the constantly on the move style of most serious backpackers.  Non-photographing backpackers, or those who take only casual snap-shots while backpacking, usually spend the majority of their day hiking to their next destination.  Serious photographers, on the other hand, sit or stand for long periods of time while photographing subjects.

This can present several problems for the backpacking photographer.  First, the photographer loses valuable traveling time every time he or she stops to compose a picture.  As a result, photographers make less ground over the course of the day, and must plan trips to allow for several long stops between campsites.  Backpacking photographers move much slower than their non-photographing counterparts, and will take much longer to travel and photograph the same distance.

Another, more serious consideration for the photographer occurs in cold, wet, or windy weather.  In these conditions, backpackers rely on constantly being on the move to burn calories and therefore stay warm.  A photographer doesn’t have this luxury.  Once the photographer stops moving to take a photo, he or she will start getting cold.  The only way to combat this is to wear warmer clothing, which means extra clothing, and extra clothing means more weight to carry.  Careful clothing selection including garments made of high tech fabrics and innovative designs can alleviate this problem quite a bit, but cannot eliminate it completely.

As a serious nature photographer, I have striven to find a way to blend my passion for photography with my desire to explore and document the natural world.  I’ve spent far too much time on the internet (instead of in the wilderness) reading product reviews and carefully deciding on the best equipment and techniques to combine photography and backpacking.  My research has led me to discover countless products that would never work for my needs and a few that I think would.

In The Backpacking Photographer blog, I will share with you my equipment selections and reviews of the products we use.  I’ll let you know what works and what doesn’t.  I know choosing gear appropriate for the backpacking photographer can be a daunting task, so I’ll let you know what I’ve learned and see if I can make the chore just a bit easier for you.

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Choose a Camera for Backpackers

The camera is the most basic and fundamental piece of equipment any photographer will have. It is the tool that captures the photographer’s vision, recording light in a way that allows a particular scene be shared with others.  Choosing a camera is a daunting task to begin with, and the specific needs of the traveling photographer make choosing the right camera even more important.

Digital or film is a personal choice.  I shoot digital and swear by digital.  I have no desire ever to return to the chemical smell of the darkroom, or limit my bursts of photographic creativity to 36 image sequences.  Digital has helped me become a better photographer more quickly, as I’ve done much more shooting (and therefore experimenting and practicing) with digital than I could ever have with film.  If you still prefer to shoot film, that’s fine with me, but most people use digital these days.

What I think we need to be more concerned with, is the format of the camera we choose; whether we shoot with a compact point-and-shoot, SLR, or medium or large format camera. For backpacking, keeping weight down is key, but unfortunately, in the world of cameras, smaller cameras generally mean lesser quality.  Point-and-shoots have smaller digital sensors, which means that image information gets crammed and compressed into a smaller area.  They usually have wide-range zoom lenses, which optically are usually inferior to fixed-focal length and shorter range zoom lenses.  Few have the level of control that SLRs do, and most don’t offer the ability to record an image in the RAW format, which is ideal for high quality work.  Point-and-shoots do have one major obvious and important advantage though; they are small, lightweight, and packable.

Digital SLRs, on the other hand, can be bulky and cumbersome.  Packing them is a royal pain, and because they accept interchangeable lenses, a basic setup for photography may involve three or more individual pieces of gear.  However, they offer exceptional control for the photographer and outstanding image quality.  Not all digital SLRs are the same though.  Of the models currently on the market, only a handful have a full frame 35mm sized sensor.  The rest have cropped sensors ranging from 1.3-1.6x the magnification of a full frame sensor, meaning that that the sensors are smaller, and therefore need to be more densely packed to record the same amount of data.  This can result in more digital noise and less detail in cropped sensor cameras when compared to full frame cameras.  Cropped cameras do have the advantage of being less expensive and sometimes smaller in size, and for those who photograph wildlife, the increased magnification means you can get more reach with a shorter, lighter lens.

Medium format digital cameras are very expensive, but can record a tremendous amount of image information and detail.  They are larger and heavier than standard digital SLRs, but offer the same precise control.  Hasselblad just came out with a new 40MP medium format camera.  It costs $30,000, which is more than all of my camera gear combined.

There is also a new genre of cameras on the market, those that conform to the micro four-thirds system.  These cameras are smaller than traditional digital SLRs and also have smaller sensors, but they accept interchangeable lenses, allow complete manual control, and have the ability to record images in a RAW format.  These cameras are the “in between” in the step from point-and-shoot to DSLR.

So which to choose?  The answer: it depends.  Some of today’s modern point-and-shoots are very good performers and offer RAW recording.   They don’t have quite the same versatility that an interchangeable lens camera offers, usually limited by a small aperture range and the inability to accurately manually focus, but do allow some creative control in the right hands.  For times when saving weight and reducing bulk is key, a point-and-shoot may be the only way to take photos.

This was the case when I biked across the United States from Virginia to Oregon last summer.  It was my first ever bike tour and a very long trip.  Photography was not my focus, but of course I wanted a way to capture images, and I wanted a camera that would be good enough to produce salable images from the trip, knowing I would visit places that I was unlikely to ever see again.  I ended up packing a Canon G10 and Gorilla Pod as my only camera gear, and that setup weighed around one pound.

My DSLR hiking setup, on the other hand, weighs somewhere between eight and twelve pounds, depending on what exactly it is that I choose to carry.  My 5D Mark II produces beautiful files and is not limited by the noise issues, limited depth of field, and restricted focal length and other drawbacks of the G10, but at the cost of a much heavier and more expensive package.  Because I was spending every day on the road, in all weather conditions, and went for weeks at a time without shooting, it made sense to pack lighter, and after my first crash with my bike, you can be sure I was glad I didn’t have a pricier and more fragile camera with me.

For trips where photography is my focus though, I always take a DSLR.  My backpacking/hiking setup consists of my 5D Mark II, 17-40mm f/4, and 70-200mm f/4 IS, plus two filters and my tripod and ballhead.  Sometimes I’ll add extension tubes and/or a teleconverter as well.  This setup is quite versatile and allows for a lot of shooting opportunities using high end, professional equipment that will give me fantastic results in most conditions that I am likely to encounter when I am out backpacking in the wilderness.  If weight became more of a concern or I was hiking through an area where I’d spend more time photographing wildlife than landscapes, I might consider taking a 1.6x crop body instead of my full frame 5D Mark II.

I’ve been intrigued by the micro four-thirds system cameras, but I still find the lack of lens options and introductory DSLR price tag to be prohibitive.  As of right now the only cameras utilizing the micro four thirds system are made by Olympus and Panasonic, and there are less than half a dozen lenses specifically designed to fit them.  Regular SLR lenses can be attached to the cameras using an adapter, but I don’t really consider that an option as it defeats the whole purpose of a smaller system.  If I were a dedicated backpacker photographer, who did all my photography while days out on the trail, I might consider investing in one of these camera setups instead of using the P&S/SLR combo I use now, but there are very few circumstances where I feel I would be justified leaving my DSLR at home to use this instead.

I don’t own, can’t afford, and have never used a medium format DSLR.  For me, I can’t justify the cost, and I would be unlikely to want to carry the weight on an extended backpacking trip.  Old school photographers have lugged medium and large format equipment all over the wilderness, but that’s just not my style.  I like to keep things simple when possible.

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Best Places for Picnic @ Boston

Tomorrow, if the weather’s good, thousands of people will stream into Arnold Arboretum for Lilac Sunday, the one day of the year picnickers are officially welcome in the lush, Jamaica Plain reserve. It’ll be gorgeous, fragrant, and dazzlingly green. Question is, where do you picnic the rest of the season? We’ve come up with 15 locations, a summer’s worth of options, most of which we bet you haven’t tried. Now, where’s that basket?

SMOLAK FARMS, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover, 978-682-6332.

This 300-year-old farm is a painted picture of lush fields and bountiful orchards. “It is as quintessential New England as you’ll find anywhere,’’ says owner Michael Smolak. “Twenty-five acres of apples are blooming right now — it’s just as beautiful as it gets.’’ Also in bloom now: strawberries. Don’t miss the farm stand (with bakery) and the ice cream counter. Parking is free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECTACLE ISLAND, Boston Harbor Islands.

You’ll need to take a ferry to get here, unless you’ve got your own boat. It’s worth the short trip. Long sandy beaches with supervised swimming (there are not many places you can — or want to do that — in the harbor) and guided tours of the island’s ecosystem provide nice diversions. Or hike up to the top of one of the two summits and drink in the ocean air and awe-inspiring views. Ferries leave from Long Wharf in Boston. Round-trip tickets $14 for adults, $8 kids 3-11, under 3 free.

MAUDSLAY STATE PARK, Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-465-7223.

The lavish rhododendrons and gardens dating back to when this was a family estate in the 19th century make this an idyllic spot for lunching al fresco. The picturesque arching stone bridge over the Merrimack River is a good spot for contemplation, or you might seek out a quiet spot along the rolling river bank. The white pine trees provide a towering canopy and serve as nesting areas for a population of bald eagles. During the summer, the park hosts open-air theater events, too. Parking is $2.

BELL ISLE MARSH RESERVATION, Bennington Street, East Boston. 617-727-5350.

For picnickers interested in getting a taste of what the areas surrounding Boston were like before development, this ecological wonder is like a natural time capsule. Minus the planes landing, of course. The fertile marsh is home to a variety of plant and sea life and is a prime spot for bird watching. Open from 9 a.m. to dusk, landscaped parks with hiking paths and seating areas provide a respite for hungry picnickers. An observation tower offers views of the marsh and the city.

 

 

 

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10 Things to do in Boston

Boston is a one-of-a-kind American city that offers visitors opportunities to relive history, immerse themselves in the arts, cheer for hometown sports teams, explore museums, discover “hidden” harbor islands and imbibe at a famous brewery or an even more famous bar. If you’re visiting Boston for the first time or if you’ve never spent an extended period in Massachusetts’ capital city, here are my picks for Boston’s must-see sights and attractions.

1. The Freedom Trail

Park Street Church - Boston Freedom Trail© 2000 Kim Knox Beckius
A walk along the two-and-a-half-mile Freedom Trail is one of the best ways to get acquainted with Boston and to efficiently visit the city’s bounty of historic landmarks. If you’re in a hurry and in pretty good shape, you can cover the length of the trail in as little as an hour, but that won’t really allow you the time to stop and visit any of the sites along the way. Your best bet is to allow three hours or more to walk the trail at a leisurely pace and see all of its Revolutionary landmarks.

2. Boston Public Garden

Boston Swan Boats© 2000 Kim Knox Beckius
Boston Public Garden, located along Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common, is the nation’s oldest botanical garden. The famous Swan Boats have returned to Boston Public Garden each spring since they were first invented in 1877 by Robert Paget. The business, which operates from mid-April through mid-September, is still operated by descendants of the boats’ inventor. When winter arrives, the pond is open to ice skaters.

3. Quincy Market

Quincy Market Boston© 2000 Kim Knox Beckius
Most people know it as Quincy Market, although its official name is the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Whatever you call it, this indoor-outdoor market is a great place for both shopping and dining.

4. Fenway Park

Fenway Park© 2000 Kim Knox Beckius
On a sunshine-filled summer afternoon, there is perhaps no better place to be in all of New England than Fenway Park, historic home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. Baseball fans have been energized and agonized by the exploits of some of baseball’s greatest players at Fenway since 1912. If you can’t score tickets to a Red Sox game, look into behind the scenes tours of Fenway Park.

5. Museum of Science

Boston Museum of Science - Dinosaur Photo© 2007 Kim Knox Beckius
Boston’s museums are as good as any you’ll find in the world, and the most visited one is the Museum of Science at Science Park. It has more than 400 interactive exhibits including my favorite–the Virtual Fish Tank, an IMAX theater and a planetarium. Take the kids!

6. Sam Adams Brewery

Sam Adams Brewery Tours in Boston© 2000 Kim Knox Beckius
These days, Samuel Adams is known as much for being a brewer as a Patriot. Tour the Sam Adams Brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston for a glimpse at the microbrewery’s beer-making process and a sample of the finished product. The brewery is also home to the Boston Beer Museum.

7. New England Aquarium

Sea Lion at New England Aquarium© 2001 Kim Knox Beckius
Want to see sea lions smile and penguins play? Head to the New England Aquarium, one of Boston’s perpetually popular family attractions. Once inside, you’ll find yourself immersed in a watery world, where you can wave your flippers at cavorting sea lions and press your nose right up against the glass of the poisonous fish tank–if you dare!

8. Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands - Photo© 2007 Kim Knox Beckius
Want to swim, hike, explore the ruins of an old fort and camp out under the stars at a national park? Believe it or not, you can do all of these things without leaving the city of Boston. The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area consists of 34 narrow isles scattered in New England’s most historic harbor, and you can visit these “hidden” outdoor spaces by boarding seasonal ferries from Quincy and Boston’s Long Wharf.

9. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA is New England’s largest art museum. It is known for its collection of works by Claude Monet–the largest assemblage of paintings by the French Impressionist outside of France. It is also home to spectacular changing exhibitions that never fail to attract attention.

10. Cheers Boston (formerly the Bull & Finch Pub)

Famous as the inspiration for the television show Cheers, the former Bull & Finch Pub, now officially known as Cheers Boston, is located in Boston’s Beacon Hill District. It’s definitely a tourist trap with souvenirs galore for sale and overpriced pub food, but it’s still one of those places that fans of the show make a beeline for when they’re in Boston.

 

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Backpacking in Shanghai (Huangpu River)

Shanghai Huangpu River & Cruising

Huangpu River winds about 114 kilometers from Dingshan Lake, the source, northward to Wusong Kou, where it meeets with the Yangtze River. 40 km of the river is within the area of the big Shanghai. It is only about 400 meter wide and 9 meter deep, but it holds about one third of the China’s total international trade. Huangpu River is the sign of Shanghai. It supplies water to the 13 million people in the metropolis and is also important for navigation, fishery, tourism and receiving wastewater.

The best way to see the perfect scenery of Shanghai and have a full view of Huangpu River is to take a boat trip. Cruising on the Huangpu River is a must for first time visitors. Huangpu tour boats sails from the dock on the Bund, north of the Peace hotel. On the boat tour tourists can enjoy the views on both sides of the river, the new Nanpu Bridge, the new Yangpu Bridge, the Bund, the docks and the site of the ancient Wusong Fort at the mouth of the Huangpu River.

There are several ways to tour the Huangpu River. If you have time, a 3-hour (60km) voyage along the Huangpu to the mouth of the Yangzi River and back allows for the most leisurely and complete appreciation of the river.

There are also shorter river cruises (1 hour) that tours the main waterfront area between the two suspension bridges, Yangpu Qiao in the north and Nanpu Qiao in the south, and an even shorter (30 minutes.) cruise from Pudong. When the boat crosses the two sister bridges – Nanpu Bridge and Yangpu Bridge, you will find those two grand heroic bearing bridges attractive. Nanpu Bridge is situated in the south wharf of Shanghai is just like a giant dragon extending across the Huangpu River, while Yangpu Bridge more likens a rainbow arching across the river.

Shiliupu Wharf
Add: Zhongshan Donglu 127 & 219 by the Bund
Tel: 021 – 63188888

Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
Shanghai Huangpu River and Cruising
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Dining in Shanghai

Shanghai Dining

Shanghai cuisine, collecting the traditional of old Shanghai and the fad of new Shanghai, is a place gatherign all kinds of snacks. Its taste is different from the pure sugary of Macao and Hongkong, and the peppery of Sichuan, but famous for lite, fresh and goluptious. There are various categories including steamed, boiled, fried, baked, etc. Take your time! Take a degustation carefully! Dainty is approaching from dribs and drabs…

 

Local Cuisines

Nanxiang Xiaolongbao (Steamed Pork Dumplings)
Nanxiang Xiaolongbao is a traditional snack of Nanxiang Town with a history of more than 100 years. It is deeply popular with the tourists both home and abroad for its thin skin, much stuffing, fresh flavour. Its stuffing are made with an minced pork, no shallot and garlic but a little ginger powder, salt, sauce, sugar and water. The stuffing is changeable along with the season’s change, for example, there is shrimp kernel in summer, crab meat in autumn. After wrapped with a thin skin of dough, these dumplings are then steamed in a bamboo steamer. Note that you should take a bit to let the juices cool, otherwise, the juices could burn your tongue or spilt out on you. If you take it together with ginger shreded, vinegar, and a bowl of egg soup, the taste is more delicious. There are two famous places to get Nanxiang Xiaolongbao. One is around the Yuyuan marketplace, while the other is the snack restaurants at the intersection of Tibet Road and Yan’an Road near People’s Square.

Xie Kehuang Pan Cake(Baked Scallion-stuffed Sesame Biscuit)
It is a kind of cake stained a layer of gingeli outside roasted on the baker. Because it looks like boiled crab shell, therefore it is named “Xie Kehuang”. This pancake is crispy outside and delicious inside. There are two kinds of stuffings of the cake: briny and sugary. The briny stuffing is made from green onion, fresh pork, crab powder, shrimp kernel and the sugary stuffing is made from white sugar, rose, sweetened bean paste, Chinese date mud, etc.

Nian Cake with Spare-ribs
New Year Cake with Spare-ribs is an economy and flavor snack with a history of more than 50 years in Shanghai. The spare-rigs are swathed in the flour, egg together with other seasonings, then to fry them in the oil. In the dish, the meat is tender and crisp, the cake is soft and tasty, and the gravy is rich and flavoured, which is really appetizing. The Xiao Changzhou Snack House at Sichuan Road of Fuzhou Road, and the Xiangdelai Snack House at Tibet Road are the best known placed for its delicacy.

Chicken Fry Steamed Bread
Chicken fry steamed bread, a characteristic flavor snack of Shanghai, uses the zimotic flour as skin and cooked chicken, pork powder, meat skin congelation as stuffing. Sprinkle shallot flower and gingeli on the tine, brush oil on the surface layer, then fry in the pan. The upper half is soft and loose with yellow gingeli and green shallot flower, while the latter half is crisp and goluptious with succulent. You are mouthwatering, Yes?

Zao River-snail
The genuine cate is available in Shanghai Wuweizhai Snack Shop and Xialdelai Snack Shop. The material of the dish-River-snail is especially collected from Tunxi District, Anhui Province for its big and fat. After caught, the river-snail should be fed for two days until it spit out all of the mud and sand, then boil it together with fennel, cassia, and Xiangzao (a kind of seasoning). This kind of Zao River-snail has brown-grey color, tender meat, and full-bodied haloid extract. It is really very popular with the locals and tourists.

Xiao Shaoxing Chicken Porridge
The Chicken Porridge boiled in Xiao Shaoxing shop is the most genuine flavor. The porridge is boiled with the fumet of chicken soup, mixed with chicken and other seasonings. While taking it, the chicken is chopped in block, add powder of shallot and ginger as well as chicken oil into the porridge then it has the bright color-yellow, white and greean. The porridge is not only delicious, pleasing to the eye, but also has abundant alimentation.

Vegetable Stuffed Bun
The bun itself is a light white bread stuffed with finely chopped green vegetables, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and marinated bean curd together with sesame oil and sugar as the condiments. It is not only quite appetizing in color-white skin and green stuffing, but also in aroma and taste. You won’t bored with it although you have taken many times. Enjoy!

Kaiyang Shallot Oil Mixed Noodle
It is the famous Shanghai Snack. Its method of process is daintily. Firstly, chop the shallot in sect then fry the shallot in the pan, after that compounded the Kaiyang fried by the oil, dipped by wine and sugar, then mix the cooked noodle, the Kaiyang Shallot Oil Mixed Noodle is completed. It is really attractive with its bright color, seductive aroma as well as the ample alimentation.

Chicken and Duck Blood Soup
This is a favorite soup in Shanghai that use solidified blood as the main ingredient. In 1973, the Chief of Cambodia Sihanouk Infante visited Chenghuang Temple highly praised its delicious. The blood rather resembles dark read Bean Curd (Toufu) and has little taste. The intestines of chicken and duck, heart, liver, blood of chicken and duck, vitellus as well as all kinds of seasonings such as salt, shallot, ginger, wine, pepper, chicken oil are the basic material. Do not be scared. If you are not totally disgusted by the idea to begin with, you may like it. It is said the soup is good for your health. It is available in places like the Chenghuang Temple and Yuyuan Area.

Leishayuan
It is one of the flavor snacks in Qiaojiazha Snack Shop with a history of more than 70 years. It is said the snack was produced in the late of Qing Dyansty by a old lady in order to schlep and store expediently. Stuffed with fresh meat, sweetened bean paste, or ginegli, the rice ball is boiled and drie the moisture, then rolled with sweetened bean paste powder. It is full of the aroma of red bean, and always enjoyed by the tourists.

Three Fresh Wonton
Three Fresh means egg shreded, dried small shrimps and Seaweed, which is the soup made of. The thin skin wraps fresh meat and the shape is different with dumplings. It tastes spicy and smooth.

Braised Ham in Honey Sauce
) It is the famed traditional dish in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. From Qing Dynasty, the dish has been popular in Shanghai. In the late of 50s, it was highly praised by Chairman Mao for its delicious flavor and nice design. It chooses the excellent part of Jinhua Ham as material and dip and steam with candy water straw with fresh lotus, greengage, cherry, sweet-scented osmanthus, etc. It is very popular for its thick soup and juice, flavorful taste.

Eyebrow-shaped Shortcake
With a crisp crust, the cake is shaped like an eyebrow. It has sweet and salty flavor, but taste crisp and spicy. Surging Waves Pavilion Restaurant at the Yu Garden Bazaar is the best place to offer the authentic sapor.

Pigeon-egg Dumpling
With the shape of a pigeon egg, this dumpling weights about one tenth of 5 grams. It is a kind of cool snack eaten in the summer. It uses glutinous-rice as skin and sugar, mint and sweet-scented osmanthus as stuffing. It tastes smooth, sweet and flavoured. This snack is served exclusively at the Osmanthus Hall at Yu Garden Bazaar.

Haitang Cake
Haitang Cake is a time-honored snack in Shanghai. It is baked in special tool whose shape looks like Haitang flower, so the cake gained its name. The color of the skin is coffee and tastes crisp. It is stuffed with sweetened bean paste and tastes fragrant and sweet.

Gaoqiao Muffin
Take extract whiting, .ripe lard, white sugar, red-bean, sweet-scented osmanthus as the material with elaborate process, Gaoqiao Muffin tastes sweet and crisp. It is one of the Gaoqiao Four famous snacks (Muffin, Sponge Cake, Crisp Fritter, Yiniesu).

Five-spiced Tea Egg
It is a very common snack in Shanghai. Its fresh and aroma always makes people mouthwatering. Here I can tell you how to make it. Material: eggs
Seasoning: Tea, Refined Salt, White Sugar, Zanthoxylum, Aniseed, Cassia, Wine Sauce, Fennel, cayenne, Shengchou Soy and Laochou Soy.
Process: First, Add water to the seasoning until seethe. Second, Boil the eggs until the egg white is curdled, fish out, dip in the cold water then scrap the skin, put eggs into the seasoning water and boil about 1 hour then stop boil, turn over the eggs and wait for about 2 hours then you can take it. Have a try if you are interested.

Babaofan (Eight-treasures rice pudding)
It is a traditional sweetmeat of Chinese meal, especially prevailing in the south of China. Use sticky rice and eight dry and fresh fruits including sweet-scented osmanthus, red Chinese date, lotus seed, longan, etc. as the main material, so it is called eight-treasures rice pudding. Braize the sticky rice mixed sugar, lard, sweet-scented osmanthus, then pour them into a ware which holds red Chinese date, lotus seed, longan and so on to braize again. After it is cooked, pour sugar halogen juice on it, then the delicious Babaofan is completed. It is cate to welcome the tourists and to celebrate festivals.

Shanghai Shaomai
Also called Sticky Rice Shaomai, Shanghai Shaomai is very popular on the street of Shanghai. It is translucence and each one is bulgy. The thin sticky rice skin is stuffed with fungus, shrimp kernel, etc. It is really appetizing to you eye and stomach.

Mashed Chinese Date Crisp Cake
It is a kind of fried pastry with short paste as skin and black mashed Chinese Date as stuffing. The yellow color, small and exquisite shape, crisp skin, fragrant and sweet stuffing are especially popular with the tourist from Japanese, Hongkong and Macao.

Five-kernel Clubs Crisp
With Pine nut, Olive Kernel, Peach Kenel, Almond, Melon Seeds as stuffing and short paste as skin, Five-kernel Clubs Crisp is also a deep fried food. It is cut three times by the scissors, then nip it into quincunx.

Bamboo shoot, Meat and Greengrocery Dumpling
This kind of dumpling is steamed in a shape of greengrocery with pork, bamboo shoot as stuffing and paste as the skin.

Hundred-fruit Stuffing Wine Dumpling
) Sticky rice skin is stuffed with some kinds of fruits, then boil together with certain wine. It features thick winy, sweet stuffing and smooth surface. It is the celebrated snack of Manyuanchun House in Chenghuang Temple.

Qick fried Steamed Bread
The steamed bread is equally stuffed with meat with bone soup, then quickly fry in the oil. The figure of the food is small and exquisite with golden yellow color. It features crisp, fresh, and cater to all the taste. There is really a long lasting aftertake.

Strip Cake and Mint Cake
As far as the cakes in Shanghai are concerned, it is really countless, however, the most favorable are strip cake and mint cake. Mint cake is made by sticky rice powder mixed with the mint powder sprinkled some red and green shreded. Rub up sticky rice powder and silver sand into strip, which is the strip cake. It is more delicious if deep fried.

Oiled Bean Curd and Shreded Soup
If you eat Nian Cake with Spare-ribs, the soup is a must drink. It is made of oiled bean curd, shredded, and Baiyebao. There is only one world to describe its taste: Fresh!

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Backpacking in Shanghai (Xin Tian Di)

Shanghai Xintiandi

Xin Tian Di will be something like Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong and Clarke Quay in Singapore. It is is situated at Lane No.181 of Taicang Road Shanghai, the old Shikumen residential area near “Zhonggong yidahuizhi” ( site of the 1st National Congress of the Communist Party). It occupies an area of about 30,000 square meters. It was a former old Shikumen which has been given restoration. Now it is a good blend between the modern and new buildings around and the old area, hence Shikumen Xintiandi. The past and the present and the East and West makes Xintiandi very charmful, making it into the most ideal site for visitors home and abroad to have a good view of the history, culture, and modern lifestyle of Shanghai.

The Shikumen buildings’ exterior, such as the buick walls, roofs, and doors’ supporter, are well preserved and contribute to the unique and trendy walking areas. At the sides, open-air cafes are the spots to see and be seen in Shanghai. Before the development of Xintiandi, the area had been a spread of aged lanes crowded with mid-19th century Shikumen buildings which were in pretty bad shape. Restored to their original splendor, the buildings and walkways allows visitors to Xintiandi to simply stroll around and take in the sights, eat at a number of world-class retsuarants, or shop in the brand-name glass-walled shopping mall at one end of the complex.

How to get there
Take bus no. 42, 146, 911, 926, 932 or Tunnel 8 and get off at Huaihai Road or Huangpo South Road Station. Take Subway Line 1 or Line 8 and get off at Huangpo South Road. Station.

Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi
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