Family Time in Taiwan and Shanghai

We spent the last 6 weeks in Taiwan and Shanghai. Since we've been to these places many times in the past, we didn't do much sightseeing and spent most of the time indoors with our families. Jackson got to meet his paternal great grandfather in Penghu and his maternal great grandmother in Shanghai. He also got to spend some quality time with both sets of grandparents and enjoyed his 1st birthday party in Shanghai surrounded by family and friends.

We stayed in Taipei for a few days mostly hanging out at the hotel and seeing relatives. We also visited the Shilin night market, eating our way down the streets. The bump James is carrying below is Jackson. We took him out past his bedtime but he still managed to sleep through the whole thing.

After Taipei, we spent about a week near James' parent's house in Magong, a city on the main Penghu island off the western coast of Taiwan. Penghu is a popular Taiwanese tourist attraction with beautiful beaches and has lately been trying to attract more international tourism. A recent vote to build casinos on the island was nixed by residents though. It is probably a good thing since the casinos may have change the slow paced feel of the islands.

After Taiwan, we headed to Shanghai for a month. Most of the time was spent hanging out with more relatives (...and trying to VPN our way around the great firewall to blocked sites like blogger, facebook and twitter). We also visited the Shanghai Old Town for some xiao long bao (soup dumplings), the 2010 World Expo and the Bund.

Up next: More on the Shanghai 2010 World Expo

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