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2014 Oct by Per Gilén
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The bound in yhe evening |
2011 Apr by Peter Kuiper
In no time China\'s bullet train took us to Shanghai. This time the hotel, the \"InterContinental Puxi\" was very well located just a short walk from the train station. Christian was not too happy to carry our big bags over the pedestrian bridges though.
At the reception the lady suggested us to stay at the \"Club Floor\". I was very surprised that she offered us club access with our tiny rate. Usually I do not even dare to ask for it. For another 200Yuan (about €20) our breakfast and dinner would be included. I could not believe it!
The \"Club Floor\" happened to be a seperate 18 story building behind the 30+ story main building.
We got a room on the 17. floor. Well, this room was quite something. We opened the door and gazed through the integrated hallway into the big bedroom. Again we had gotten two queensize beds. In front of the wall-to-wall window there was a big couch and a round desk. The bathroom area next door had about twice the size of a standard hotelroom. A television had been integrated in the enormous mirror above the two wash basins. To my opinion the round bathtub in front of the wall-to-wall window was big enough to accommodate at least five people (in Bangkok I would have checked it out!) but the highlight of the room was our \"living toilet\"! As I opened the glasdoor of the toilet, the lid automatically opened and the toilet flushed. As I found out later the toilet seat was pleasantly warmed up. To the right there was a little box attached to the wall with five main buttons: rear cleansing, rear cleansing soft, front cleansing (sounds squirmy) dryer and stop, as well as several minor ones: oscillating, pulsating and rinse cycle plus a small screen with some up and down buttons. Anyway, being still a bit sick and having an unsteady stomach, I spend a lot of time here trying out the different possibilities. (of course our little friend flushed automatically when you stood up!)
Our huge windows allowed us a free view over an unendlessly new residential area of twenty story buildings. Down below, an old quarter was being torn down. I am sure that our free view will be upstructed by new highrises when we stay here the next time.
On the way back to the station accross Hengfeng Road, we found a little restaurant serving soups. We ate here several times, but it was strange that the same soups tasted entirally different each time.
From the Shanghai Train Station we took the Metro to Pudong. I must say that I was a bit disappointed. We got back to the surface in an old residencial area and saw the skyscrapers in the distance. The architecture of many of the skyscrapers is fantastic, but the buildings are standing far apart. I think that the skylines of New York, Chicago and especially Hong Kong still look much more impressive. (Nine month later I would be in Dubai, which is skyscraperwise by far the most awe-inspiring place! )
We walked straight up to the \"Shanghai World Financial Center\" . With 492m this is the highest building in Shanghai and in China and looks sensational with a \"window\" in its top part. A \"Skywalk\" in the 100th floor is hanging from the top of this window. From here the view on the 420m high \"Jin Mao Tower\" is great. This third highest building in China is definitively the most beautiful skyscraper in Shanghai. The \"Grand Hyatt\" is residing in its upper floors. (no reason for me to swich to this chain though!) It was quite hazy today, we should have waited for better weather. I could make out the buildings around the Renmin Square, but our hotel was hidden in fog.
After eating a rather tasteless Vietnamese \"Pho\" in a soulless shopping center, we took the metro back to town and got off at the East Nanjing Road. This is a pedestrian street leading to Renmin Square and continuing as the up-market \"West Nanjing Road\".
Around Renmin Square (more a park than a square) there are some beautiful \"skyscrapers\" from the nineteen twenties and thirties, all between about ten and twenty stories high. On \"Nanjing West\" well-known western brands like \"H&M\", \"Marks&Spencer\", \"Max Mara\" and many, many others have there flag-stores here, all nicely framed in supermodern facades. I wonder how these shops exist, as there were hardly any shoppers around. It was dark by now, and from the \"Jing\'an Tempel\" metro station we got back to the train station and walked over to the hotel.
The staff in the \"Club Floor\" was very nice. One of the girls told us that she would like to work abroad to improve her English, but that the Chinese government would not issue her an exit visa. The ambiance and the food were nice, but I was sad that this might have been my last stay in a five star hotel. (Everybody can imagine our joy as the InterContinental returned to Berlin two months later!)
The next morning we took our breakfast in the very big, very modern, but not very cozy restaurant in the oversized lobby. In China, \"big, bigger, huge\" seems to be the equivalent for \"good, better, fantastic\". As a European I see this slightly different. Now I found out why they had given us the upgrade to the Club Floor. The hotel must have been quite empty, every tiny bit of business done helped. Only a tiny area of this huge restaurant was accessable. Much to Christian\'s discomfort, all guest were seated together in a small area, although the whole place was illuminated. The next morning we would eat in the club again.
Today was a fine day, the fog was gone, the sky was blue and the sun felt nicely warm. Christian wanted to see some nature after so much concrete and we set off to the botanical gardens. From a nearby metro station we took a taxi and were surprised to see the long lines in front of the cash box. A lot of people seemed to have had the same idea. Time for some people watching: There were a lot of young families with their spoiled bratt, often the only child in an extended family.
Ones inside these kids were allowed to do anything. Walk through the flower beds, climb on statues and trample on the scanty lawns. Often their parents didn\'t behave much better. Everybody seemed to want to take pictures from their loved ones ín the flower beds and not in front or behind them.
In short, we had a nice day, but it was not really relaxing. Especially in the green houses it was so busy, that we had to leave after two minutes. The best part of the garden was the \"Dutch\" section with hundreds of different kinds of tulips. Most popular were, like we had seen in Nanjing, the cherry trees with their white blossems.
Late afternoon we went to the \"French Concession\". I had the feeling that this area had been rebuild. Old buildings must have been torn down, to be rebuild more \"beautiful\" with a collection of stylish bars and cafés. I was a bit disappointed..
A bit further, there was an authentic antique market, but I didn\'t find anything special. We had a soup in one of the nearby cafés and still had some daylight left to visit the \"World Expo\" site. The red upside-down German pavillion was still standing. We didn\'t get near though. Most buildings were sealed off from the public.
After this long day we were happy to come home, enjoy sushi in our club floor restaurant and take a bath in the enormous bathtub.
Today Christian wanted to check out some of the local markets. This one was not too far from the hotel, only a few stops away by metro. The first part of the market area we reached, was a place to get low quality electronics as Christian had to find out soon. He always seems to be interested in low prices and never worries about bad quality. Not a good idea as he would find out soon. The i-pet he bought did not work properly, the money was gone.
A bit further along this big road it got very busy. There were bars along the street to prevent the masses of people to overflow the street. A lot of shops sold cheap jeans and my size is no problem here in China, I\'m about average. Stupid enough I had forgotten to fill up my wallet and Christian had spend all his money on the i-pot. There was no other way than to go back to the hotel to get some cash. We lost a lot of time this way. Very annoying. We took the metro back and had a soup (in the restaurants where they taste different every time) on the way to the hotel, got some money and took the same route back. Travelling by metro is fast for long distances, but for shorter distances it is better to take a taxi, we lost too much time. Anyway, I got my jeans.
We were near the Suzhou Creek now, the little river that is flowing into the Jangtse at the start of the Bund. It was nice to walk along this river and be away from the crowds. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the blooming trees.
There are some beautiful colonial buildings around here, especially the International Postoffice with a big tower with nice old world statues around it, the Broadway Mansions, an art deco hotel from the nineteen thirties, the Astor House, the first western style hotel in Shanghai from 1846, and the Russian Consulate right next to the 1907 Waibaidu Bridge.
From here we had the first full view on the skyline of Pudong. From this perspective the skyscrapers looked much more impressive than when you are in Pudong itself.
We walked along the Bund now. It\'s always good to save the best for the last day.
After some socialist memorials in the Huangpu Park, the actual Bund starts with the former British Consolate. From here on, the Bund forms a one kilometer long row of historical buildings, all of them with an interesting history.
Now we took the \"Bund Sightseeing Tunnel\" to Pudong. What a disaster! A subway connection was constructed in an old pedestrian tunnel under the river. I expected a Shanghai style super train. Instead it was a very slow and booring ride to the other side. To pop up the thing, the operators had installed some disco lights on the way, embarrassing!
We made a short walk to the Oriental Pearl Tower and than took the odd thing back to the Bund.
I got dark now and the lights were turned on to illuminate the old buildings. Beautiful! The view on Pudong was sensational. I take back what I have said about Pudong before. All the skyscrapers were illuminated and wild commercials were flashing. Is China still a communist country?
We didn\'t make it to the end. It got too cold and we were tired. Next time in Shanghai we will spend some more time here. We took a taxi and were surprised how cheap that was. Next time we will take taxis more often. One can see more and it saves a lot of time.
After a last bite in the club we packed for our early start the next day.
We took a taxi instead of the Shanghai Magnet Train. Ahead of us was a long trip to Moscow, with an long layover in Sheremetjevo |
2006 Dec by Veikko Huhtala*
I have two visits to Shanghai, first time 1986 when I travelled from Nanjing by bus and stayed there couple days. 2006 we travelled by train from Zhengzhou. Shanghai is one of the most populous cities in the world. I think that nobody knows how many people actually there are living, about 25 million perhaps. It is located in Yangtze River Delta on the shore of East China Sea. In twenty years the City was changed very much and I did not see so many bicycles there as 1986. At that time there was too many cars and the traffic was a little bit chaotic. |
2005 Jul by Steven Jacoby
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Went to Shanghai with my father in 2005 on one of his work trips. The first night I was their I fell asleep at dinner and my dad and his friends made a food monster with rice, lobster claws, and a chick head and took pictures of it with me sleeping. I enjoyed out door markets. One of coolest things that happened when I was there was when this street vendor trying to sell us watches took us up into this building into a purses shop. The vendor then knocked on one of the purse shelf walls and it opened up and we went into a secret room and and it was full of thousands of knock off watches. I spent about 5 nights in Shanghai. |
2001 Dec by Michael Novins
December 2001 -- I spent several days in Shanghai, where I stayed at the Peace Hotel, which is located on the Bund overlooking the Huangpu River (the hotel has since been branded as the Fairmont Peace Hotel, http://www.fairmont.com/peacehotel). The Shanghai Museum houses an excellent collection of Chinese art, especially the Chinese bronze sculptures (although without the depth and breadth of the National Palace Museum in Taipei). My two favorite restaurants were Meilongzhen (established in 1938 and specializing in Shanghainese cuisine) and Wang Bao He (which claims to be Shanghai’s oldest restaurant dating back to 1744 and specializing in Shanghai hairy crab). |
1982 Oct by Jorge Sanchez
I arrived to Shanghai by boat, from Wuhan, through the Yangtze River, and the first night stayed in Hotel Peace in the Nanjing Bei Lu (the successive days I would move to the Sailors Club, much cheaper).|
In those times (1982), many good hotels had a dormitory room in the upper floor, for individual tourists and backpackers, at affordable prices.
I would stay a full week in Shanghai, visiting its many temples with thousands of Buddha statues, tumultuous bazaars, and other tourist’s attractions.
Nanjing road was the central street in that crowded city, and my favorite to walk.
I used Shanghai to make one day excursions to pleasant places nearby, such as Hangzhou in the south.
After my stay in Shanghai I took a train to Suzhou.