This past weekend the 4th annual Zebra Music Festival made its way once again to Shanghai’s very own JinShan Beach. Shanghai , beach?? , what??
It’s a good 30 miles or so Southeast from the city center but Shanghai actually has a beach and it’s actually not half bad. It can’t touch any of the beautiful white sand , blue water tropical Southeast Asian beaches I’ve been too but it can hold its own against Lake Erie. Or maybe even better considering as how Lake Erie beaches can get shut down due to unhealthy bacteria counts while JinShan city beach is separated from the ocean water and filtered. I swallowed some water and experienced no ill-health effects afterwards. Woo hoo!
JinShan beach has sand imported from Xiamen, China and the workers due a good job of keeping the sand and water trash free. It can get pretty crowded but there is enough room for everyone. Pretty much everything beach-wise can be rented ; umbrellas , inflatable rafts and tubes ,to jet-skiis and motorboats (wisely segregated from the swimming crowd unlike some places in Thailand and Cambodia). There are plenty of seafood grilling stands out on the piers and some pretty awesome seashell wind chimes as well. I will definitely go back to beach to chill again sometime soonish.
Due to unfortunate chores , lack of cash , and travel plans , I was forced to journey alone but I made some new Chinese friends there and got to practice my language skills. So that was pretty cool. *Glares at friends*
Now on the music festival. I didn’t get to catch as much of the music as I had wanted but the prospect of either spending 300rmb for a taxi-ride or being stuck out in JinShan district for the night kept me from staying too late (and sorry guys but I really wasn’t that big a fan of the Swedish band playing, and my view sucked). I think the last bus left at something like 9:30 but good thing I left a little earlier because it was a pain in the rats to find the bus stop back home. I think they should have started the music earlier than 5 and given us more time to see the show without worrying about getting back. Next year should be easier to go if this supposed high-speed metro line opens to JinShan district. It was supposed to have opened in December of 2011 , never did , and now no news at about it. Oh well.
Now onto the photos!
P.S. the two girls in bikinis were doing a photo shoot with a bunch of photographers so I feel justified (and not creepy) in taking a shot too!
P.S.S. Dude the tickets were sold out of a shady looking white van! Awesome!