Travel Diaries: Shanghai

Travel Diaries: Shanghai

A few blog posts ago, I mentioned how I write a letter to myself at the end of the year and talk about what I want to accomplish the next year, and one of my goals is to try and visit at least 1 new country every year.  I am happy to say that I have already accomplished that goal and now on to my second new country, Shanghai China.

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For this trip, I am traveling with a friend, but also visiting a friend who lives and works there.

The flight from Incheon to Pudong is about 2 hours with China Southern Airlines.  Our flight time was 12:00 and we arrived at PVG at 1 pm. (Shanghai is 1 hour behind Seoul time)

Welcome to Shanghai!

The best (and fastest way) to get to the city is by taking the Maglev. One way tickets were about 50 yuan (or $7.50). I was quite impressed at how smooth and comfortable the ride was. Travelling at about 300 KM/hour, we arrived at the city in a little over 10-15 minutes.

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Day one (Friday): We checked into our hotel which is The Bund Riverside Hotel (which I highly recommend for the location) and we pretty much just set our stuff down and time to hit the town!

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The places we plan to hit today are places near our hotel. (Nanjing Road), Tianzifang, a local dinner and meeting up with my friends to explore the SH nightlife!

SH MRT sells 3-days unlimited tourist pass for about 45 yuan ($7) which I highly recommend. It really made traveling much more comfortable.IMG_9169Nanjing Road: Nanjing Road is a major shopping area here in Shanghai, We may need to make another trip here because there are just so many stores! There are 2 sections, East and West.

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Tianzifang: Another lovely neighborhood in the French Concession area filled with arts and crafts stores, boutique shops, bars and restaurants.  With labyrinthine alleyways, it’s easy to get lost and wander around.

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Waldorf Astoria Shanghai: I have always wanted to visit the Waldorf Astoria ever since I watched Serendipity when I was in high school (Also, located on The Bund) although I wasn’t able to stay here, I wanted to admire the architecture of this lovely hotel. With much history in the building, it simply leaves me speechless.   This neo-classical building was constructed in 1911, and former Shanghai Club has been transformed into the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.

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Dinner: Dinner was at a food court in Nanjing Road. Frankly, we were wandering aimlessly trying to find a place to eat, and we decided to try this place simply because it was packed with people.

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The food was fantastic! And maybe my mini-hot pot could have used more ingredients, but it was the perfect amount for me at this time. The best part, was this was only 12 yuan (about $2). The next time I go to SH, this will be my first dinner stop!

Night life: 

El Ocho:  Great drinks and atmosphere  Located on the 5th floor of the 99 Taixing Lu.  My friends and I came here to get some pre-drinks before heading out to the second place.

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M1NT: One of the hottest places in Shanghai, there was no way I would miss this.  Located on the 24TH floor of the Fuzhou Lu, M1NT is one of the poshest nightclubs in SH. Lounge has great music  and spectacular view.

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It’s impossible to miss the 17 meter shark tank with more than 20 black and white reef-tip sharks.

Day two (Saturday):
Disney Store: 
There is no way I can just walk past the Disney Store and not go in, especially the world’s LARGEST Disney Store. Just last week, the Disney amusement park opened in China, but due to time restraints, I couldn’t check it out.

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Xintiandi:  Probably is my favorite place so far in Shanghai. It is a beautiful district filled with shikumen houses, beautiful cafes, shops and bakeries. It’s also an area with high end stores like Cartier and also houses a lot of big corporations.

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  Farine This is really a fine bakery. Outside of France itself you will rarely encounter bread and patisserie like this and certainly one of the best I have had in Asia.
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The scene was a mix between local expat families and other westerners with few locals. Mostly French and English spoken by the clientele. The shop is simple and most people sat outside.   Everything was very good and there was so much to choose from. The prices are a little high, but not out of line for the quality and French ambience that you get in return.

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Park Hyatt Shanghai

The Bund/ Pudong Skyline:  This is Shanghai newest district with gleaming skyscrapers.  This is home to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jinmao Tower and the Wold Financial Center Tower.

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 Dinner was also at the Bund called “Lost Heaven.” Every single dish we ordered was amazing!

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Day three (Sunday):

The three tallest buildings in Shanghai are Jin Mao, Shanghai Tower and the World Financial Center.  Lets get up close and personal.

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Jin Mao, SH World Financial Building and Shanghai Tower

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And of course I needed my last mango fix. I think I drank 2 of these a day lol

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Hui Lau Shan Mango & Pomelo Juice

Thank you for the great memories Shanghai!

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