On probably the sunniest day so far this year

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We found ourselves at the Shanghai Botanical Garden, even then the skies turned somewhat grey not too long after. We had intended to head to Chongming Island for a leisurely day trip but the throngs of people queuing to buy ferry tickets scared us off.

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Look what a last minute change of plans brought us – chirpy Haibao all decked out in Santa Claus gear balancing on his ribbon with a bouquet in hand. Haibao effigies are annoyingly everywhere in Shanghai these days, I’m afraid.

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Don’t think I’ve seen tulips out of vases growing in the soil before this.

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We stared at this colorful horticulture attempt for the longest time: What are the two pandas in the foreground doing ? Is this a ritual of sorts ? Why is the girl panda lying down ? So many questions, no answer to date.

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Then a little stroll in a pretend bamboo forest.

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I haven’t had a balloon in years ! I was happy, so was 小虎 !

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Not as fantastic as the ones by Terry Richardson and Tommy. I need to learn to take better pictures.

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There were still alot of people everywhere though, families out in full force with grandparents and kids in strollers. I might have been the only adult with a balloon but it was good fun reliving childhood.

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