Did some touring – with a car and English speaking guide (Michael) that was surprisingly reasonable and turned out to be a good investment. Not only were we able to have a quick experience of some of the famous Shanghai sites like People’s Square, French Quarter, a silk factory, and gardens, but our guide was also an excellent source of information regarding spa culture. Michael himself goes to the public bath once a week for a massage. I found this amazing in that the average wage earns someone about $300 per month. While that is about how much you would spend at the Chi Spa for just one of their rituals, the public baths and massage for Shanghai’s citizens would cost only about $10. So we asked Michael to take us to one of these “spas” to have a look. On the way he explains that the Chinese have a saying which goes something like this: “water in the body in the morning, body in the water at night”.
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