Shanghai Shangrila is an ongoing story about the decision to leave our lives in Los Angeles for something much different: Shanghai, China. We hope to use this platform to talk about the process of making the move and the overall experience of living in China. The idea is that we might make it easier for people to travel here by passing along helpful information. We hope you enjoy our story as much as we enjoy living it!
The Dong Xuan Night Market is in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. For a few hours on Sunday nights, the police block off all traffic (including all motorbikes) in a four or five block radius so that vendors can set up their booths. People from all over come to the market to shop, negotiate, and come away with some pretty cool stuff. The booth above is selling shirts for 100K. Paying 100K for any shirt might seem crazy expensive to some of you, but you would be pleasantly surprised once you find out that the exchange rate is 20,000VND (Vietnamese Dong) to $1!! In other words, these shirts selling for 100K (VND) only cost $5!! (I didn't buy any, though, because I can actually have a shirt made for myself for almost the same price in China, haha).