As a coast city, ports are important parts of Seattle. Besides those piers on waterfront which function mostly for state ferries and tourists’ cruise, Seattle does have some “serious” piers serving for international shipping. In fact, the Port of Seattle is actually the first stop for most of the import/export between Asia and the US: the shipping line to Seattle is usually the shortest route between an Asian port and the US. Needless to say, quite a lot of products with labels reading “Made in China” enter the US market from here, no wonder there are a huge amount of containers here in Seattle with the words “China Shipping” on them.
Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum located at Seattle Center which dedicates to showcasing Dale Chihuly’s work. Walking in the museum, I was truly stunned by all these gorgeous pieces of arts. One of the reasons that I love this museum is that every piece of arts seemed to have its own story. In one room you could see a collection of glass in the shape of different plants with shining colors, which seemed to explain to you the biodiversity of tropical rainforest, in another room you would find a boat full of treasures stopping in the still water, splendid yet peaceful. And standing in the glasshouse in a sunny day, looking up to the huge glass flowers and the lofty Space Needle, it’s just beautiful!
As probably the most lively tourist destination in this city, Pike Place Market is one of the must-go places in Seattle. And if you go there in the morning, bingo, you will just catch the best moment of it! Though not too different from a typical farmer’s market in the US, I am still impressed by the diversity of produce and the organization of a variety of different shops there. Right at the entrance is the famous “Pike Place Fish Co.”. Each time a customer buys fish, the fishmongers will shout it out and throw the fish to the cashier. A pretty interesting live show for the tourists who happen to pass by. And this is just a start! Flowers, fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, collectibles, antiques…you can almost find whatever you are searching for here! And guess what? The original Starbucks coffee shop is also here!