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  • Day5

    Shanghai Storm

    October 1, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    We were up and at em this morning for our second and final magic morning at Shanghai Disneyland, Another early start had us at the Hotel Guest park entrance just on 7am, but this time we were covered in ponchos and jumping puddles as forecast rain stubbornly sat over the park. We managed to fit in Buzz Lightyear, Pirates of the Caribbean and Soaring around the world within 90 minutes, which is stunning considering yesterday's wait time for Soaring Around the World by itself was 180 minutes. After this early morning ride tour de force it was time for the consumption of mass quantities, which naturally meant another visit to Remy's Pattisserie on Mickey Avenue. This has become our brunch du jour as we feast on haute cuisine, a sausage roll and giant chocolate chip cookie. I could really get accustomed to this health food. Now fully mentally and physically replenished it was time for our scheduled Fastpass ride, Seven Dwarfs Minetrain. This is a very popular ride, and even in steady rain the queue was sizable. Fortunately our Fastpass queue only took about 15 minutes and then we were flying through tunnels, roaring past dwarves and zipping by animated critters. Once I had enjoyed the company of the little people I could select a new Fastpass and the only ride I had yet to do was Roaring Rapids. This is very similar to Grizzly River Run at California Adventure, and both rides guarantee you get wet. Today that outcome was a moot point as everybody was already soaked. Jean doesn't do these rides. Too many drops and too much moisture, so she hiked back to the warmth and dryness of the hotel. I had an hour and a half to kill, so I roamed the park and Disney Town. The shops in Disney Town have followed the Disney trend of being more expensive than their counterparts anywhere else and these shops are right on trend, which means the tightass in me ain't buying anything. I'm still happy to browse though and give the shop assistants false hope. One peculiarity of the shops here is that you are greeted when you walk in and then one of the shop assistants stands beside you wherever you go in the shop. Eventually I decided to test this, so did three laps of the Superdry store as my new shadow dutifully followed. Could be a new Olympic sport!
    Eventually my Fastpass time rolled around so I trekked back across the park to Islands of Adventure and Roaring Rapids. This is a great, fun ride and my seven new Chinese chums in our raft, giggled and shrieked in all the right places as we made the most of the moment. Wandering off the raft I finally sloshed out of the park and made my way through the wind and rain to refuge of the Disneyland Hotel. So long Shanghai, it's been wonderful. Tomorrow we say Ni hao Hong Kong.
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  • Day4

    Our Long March

    September 30, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Once again I was keeping robber's hours this morning. Up just after 5am and checking out of the grand opulence of the Shanghai Park Hyatt headed for jewel of the East, Shanghai Disneyland. Riding the 87 floors to the lobby one last time we emerged into the weak early morning light. I confidently whipped out my phone and was ready to fire up the Didi app to order a ride the 30k's to the theme park. But wait, no network connection! Skinny roaming was having a sleep in. Wake up you lazy Western imperialist tool! Alas, it was not to be, technology had yawned in my face and rolled over. Fortunately Jean sprang into action and headed back up 87 floors to the lobby to have them phone a cab. In just minutes our chariot had arrived. When I say chariot, that's a little kind. It was a beat up Volkswagen, that looked like Mao himself may have driven it. No matter, it had four wheels and delivered us through the endless sprawl of Shanghai into the green hinterland. In just over 30 minutes and 120 Yuan we were ushered through the doors of the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Obviously we had to check our luggage, as like all hotels this one was part of the rort which has you pay for a full first day when you can only check in after 3pm. That's a rant for another day. Bags stowed we boarded the hotel shuttle for the park and just after 7am we approached the special Disney Hotel Guest entrance to the park. This perk lets the chosen ones enter the park without the drama and scuffle of the main entrance, plus you get into the park a full hour before the standard ticket holders. This is the golden time, where queues are short and crowds sparse. We immediately power walked to Tron. This is one of Disney's hero rides. A fast coaster based on the Tron movie, where you ride a lightcycle rollercoaster through high speed pitching dips and turns, all to the driving beat of the movie's music. After wobbling off this ride we walked across to the far side of the park to the Pirate's of the Caribbean. This bears the same name as the Anaheim original ride, but it's that ride reimagined for the 21st Century. It makes full use of the latest ride technology and is a visual tour de force. I will be riding this one again! Leaving the Seven Seas behind we rode Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan and then sought shelter from the heat at the Pirate's of the Caribbean Stunt Spectacular. This is as advertised, a live stunt show. Although it was all in Mandarin and I missed a couple of punch lines it was time well spent, and in the haven of air-conditioning. By now we had worked up a mighty appetite, so we weaved our way back across the park towards Disney Town, this park's shopping precinct. Just before we reached it we realised the parade would start in just 15 minutes, so we did as the locals and staked a claim on a piece of parade route real estate and waited for the mobile Disney magic to dance, cheer and sashay past us. Nobody does a parade like Disney and so fully entertained we resumed our trek towards vital calories and announced ourselves at the Cheesecake Factory. What happened next is too graphic to share, but I can say that enough calories were consumed to choke a starving hippo and the cheescakes are flown in daily from the States and they are still magnificent!
    Now clinically obese we staggered out into the sunlight and roamed Disney Town for an hour or so before finally setting our compass for the hotel. We are finally checked into our Park View room and are regathering our strength for a planned night time assault on the Park.
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  • Day5

    Venice of the East

    May 3, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    After a quick stop at the Suzhou silk factory (and a beautiful red cadhmere scarf later) we visited the Lingering Gardens and squeeeeeeezed our way through 10 000 other people also visiting on the 3rd day of the National Holiday - only 1 more to go

    We then cruised along the Grand Canal to view life along China's longest waterway. Marco Polo christened it "Venice of the East" : he must have visited the opium dens before his visit. It had water and bridges but the similarities ended there. It was still really interesting to get a peek into the "backyards" of the peoplewho live here.

    Matt and I split from the group who opted for a traditional noodle lunch by the water and strolled (pushed and shoved) through the crowds and back alleys and stumbled upon a bar where we "had" to stop for our 1st IPA of the trip.

    Then it was back on the bus for a 2 hour trip to our next stop, Hangzhou. We had a walk around the neighbourhood near our hotel, and then had a reasonably early night as we had to be up at 5.30am the next day.
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  • Day4

    Thur Mar 29 .. Shanghai

    March 29, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Left at 730 this morning. Took a walk on the promenade along the river first thing. Visited the Silk factory next . This was very interesting. Lunch was quite good. The same but different as there is an ethnic variation influencing the flavors.  Embroidery factory was next. Pictures made with colored threads. Some amazing works. Next was the Shanghai Museum. Did not have enough time here. Walked the Shopping street. Lots of high end stores. Had enough walking so stopped for a margarita break. Dinner was not special.  Acrobatic show was fantastic. Highlight was the motorcycles in a caged globe about 30 feet in diameter. At the end there were 8 driving in this cage. SCARY!!!!Read more

  • Day22

    All of the Lights

    February 23, 2017 in China ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Shanghai was just as we expected. Big city, tall buildings and lots of lights! We visited the bund in both the morning and night. It was definitely much prettier in the night. We took a stroll through yu gardens which had beautiful lakes, big fish and was generally very relaxing. And though we are not massively into musuems we thought we would check out shanghai museum as it was free! It was a big musuem with many floors and many artifacts. Overall it was a good experience and also ate some nice food...we tried the dumplings which were flavoursome.Read more

  • Day4

    Wed Mar 28 .. Beijing to Shanghai

    March 29, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Visited the fresh water pearl factory and then walked along the promenade at the Olympic park. Saw the bird's nest and the swimming cube. Left to go to the airport at 130pm and arrived in Shanghai at 6pm. Bus to hotel was 2 hours. Had dinner at the hotel and then took a walk. Beautiful day in Shanghai.  Read more

  • Day94

    The French Concession

    October 12, 2015 in China ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Na wat zoeken, informeren en heen en weer rijden met een taxi, vinden we een travel agency waar men Engels spreekt & snapt wat we willen... Yes! Lof voor onze taxichauffeur die - omdat hij een stukje was omgereden - eerder de meter uit zette. We hebben ook via e-mail wat visjes uitgegooid. Het wordt wellicht wat passen en meten wat betreft het reisschema, want treintickets zijn beperkt beschikbaar en door de aardbeving is de landverbinding naar Nepal afgesloten. Wordt vervolgd. Onze rondzwervingen geven ons weer een beter beeld van deze prachtige stad. Overal staan mooie hoge torens te glimmen midden tussen rustige wijken. De straten zijn rijkelijk voorzien van groen en hangen aan elkaar van de boutiquejes. Hoogtepunt was de French Concession. Een wijk waar de originele Europese bouwstijl bewaard is gebleven, maar alles wel in een modern jasje is gestoken. Ook vind je hier de nodige flag stores van dure merken. In de avond hangen we lekker in een bank in de bar van het hostel en nemen de opties van onze Tibet trip door. Al met al een prima begin van de week.Read more

  • Day95

    Groen licht voor Tibet

    October 13, 2015 in China ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Ons plan om over land naar Nepal te reizen is onmogelijk gebleken, nu het gebied rond de grens - nog steeds - in puin ligt. Na wat wikken en wegen hebben we besloten om nog wel naar Tibet te gaan, maar het schema aan te passen. We kaarten alles af met het travel agency en vieren dit met een heerlijke bagel en wederom een prettige wandeling door the French Concession :) De stad viert het met ons mee met een straat vol vrolijke lichtjes. We vertrekken op 26 oktober met de Himalaya Express naar Lhasa en nu kunnen we dus ook het schema tot dan gaan inkleuren. Het lijkt erop dat de dagen in Shanghai onze batterijtjes weer heeft opgeladen. We moeten dan ook onze reisrust beteugelen als we de opties bestuderen. Na ons maaltje dumplings gaan we op zoek naar de 'fake market'. Alle koopwaar is daar, zeg maar: 'Same same, but different' Omdat we over twee weekjes de Himalaya in gaan, oefent Gordon zijn afdingen-skills en wandelt hij weg met een 'Canada Goose'-jas voor net iets meer dan EUR 40,- :) Geen slechte investering...Read more

  • Day3


    September 1, 2016 in China ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Süßes Touristen Viertel mit kleinen Läden und sehr idyllisch in Shanghai
    Btw: das auf dem Bild ist Shawn, er will sein Englisch verbessern und zeigt uns deshalb jetzt ein bisschen die Stadt 👍😊

  • Day10


    August 25, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    All packed had the worst breakfast this morning all Chinese no milk etc
    Leave on bus at 8.30 for 5 hour wait at domestic airport then fly to international airport another 5 hour wait for 9 pm flight to Melbourne. Arriving at 9.40 am
    A but sad to leave all this but also very homesick for good food and English speaking people again

    Also huge news there will be another Loomes arriving in February to nick and shannie. So exciting

    See you all at home
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