Saturday 7 January 2012

China: Shanghai

Left Hangzhou and took a train to 上海 (Shanghai)! First stop was 朱家角古镇 (Zhu Jia Jiao old town). I LOVE the old architecture, SO BEAUTIFUL! It's a wonderful break from the high rise buildings in Singapore, even when they are trying their best to look different and outstanding, they still look..roughly..the..same...

So we took a row boat to explore the place, so relaxing and tranquil with shop houses lining the river. It's a great way to tour this place if you're not planning to walk around too much.

Lunch at a restaurant next to the river. :)

Next up was 豫园 (Yu Yuan). Tons of shops with random stuff for tourists, plenty of food stalls too. The architecture was nice too, I think this place used to be the garden of the emperor?

Shanghai dimsum for dinner! YUM. By now I don't think I need to emphasize on the crazy amount of food that we ordered for FOUR people.

After we were filled to the brim, we went to 外滩 (The Bund). Gorgeous night view met our eyes. On our side of the river were the old colonial buildings which I absolutely adore, I think I might just faint in Europe. On the other side, you have your high rise buildings including the Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower. Nice, cooling (ok, more like really cold but I have no complains) and leisurely walk.

The next day, we went to 上海环球金融中心 (shanghai world financial center) which was on the other side of The Bund. It is one of the tallest buildings in the world, with 101 floors. The floor had glass tiles but it wasn't what I expected. I thought the floor would be totally made of glass or something haha but sadly, there were just a few glass tiles in the middle... Not that exciting and it was rather misty that day so the view of the surrounding wasn't very good.

Then we headed to Shanghai Expo to see what was left of it. I wanted to sign up to help out with Singapore's expo exhibition a year ago but for some reason I didn't. Anyway, only the Saudi Arabia exhibition was left so we went in and experienced this amaaaazing 4D effect! You stand on a travelator which brings you through a huge curved screen and when the screen shows a moving desert landscape, you feel as if you're moving through the desert. I was so fascinated, didn't want to leave the place.

Lunch at this place that serves food from the highlands and oh look, even more food!

After lunch, we went to take the Maglev, world's fastest train! It reaches 431km per hour, for about 5 minutes and then starts to slow down HAHA. The track wasn't long enough I guess. When the track turns, you can feel the train tilt, very fun! It's like momentum you learn in Physics applied in real life *wiggles eyebrows* 8D

We also visited the Shangai museum but it wasn't as interesting as I thought so left after a while. The shape of the building was cool though, like a 鼎 (Ding).

Did some shopping at 南京步行街 (Nan Jing shopping district) but didn't spend much time here because had to leave for the train station soon. So we had lunch at 老上海, faaaantastic food!

P.S. I absolutely LOVED our hotel in Shanghai. *___*

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