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  • Day13

    Yu Garten

    July 17, 2017 in China

    Ja, auch im modernen Shanghai gibt es eine Altstadt. Die Häuser gefallen mir mit ihren spitzen Dächern sehr gut. In der Altstadt befindet sich der Yu Garten. Die Anlage ist sehr schön und typisch chinesisch. Nachdem wir hier die größte Mittagshitze im Schatten verbracht haben, ging es danach in einen taoistischen Tempel, der sich auch in der Altstadt befindet. Er war den buddhistischen Tempeln vom Aufbau ähnlich, die Götter sehen aber ein bisschen anders aus.Read more

  • Day12

    Der Bund

    July 16, 2017 in China

    Nachdem zwei Stunden im Flieger saßen und nicht starten konnten, aufgrund eines Unwetters, sind wir dann mit etwas Verspätung in Shanghai angekommen. Unser Hostel liegt zentral, nur 10 Minuten zu Fuß vom Bund entfernt. Am Fluss haben wir dann den Sonnenuntergang genossen. Wirklich schön. Allerdings ist der Bund sehr sehr voll. Der Fußgängerverkehr wird sogar von der Polizei geregelt. Shanghai erinnert mich einwenig an New York. Die modernen Wolkenkratzer, aber auch die anderen Häuser sehen teilweise sehr westlich aus.Read more

  • Day17

    How to make noodles...

    December 17, 2017 in China

    ... in about ten seconds. Nobody needs Kitchen Aid anymore! This is an awesome family run small restaurant we found in Shanghai. Great people, great food and exactly the right thing when it is about freezing outside

  • Day17

    Shanghai's "Old Town"

    December 17, 2017 in China

    Wow what a place ... And this is what’s left over from the very old streets and homes of Shanghai. Around Wutong Road, we walked very narrow roads and found very bizarre places that are so different from modern China. It is very hard to describe, just see for yourself. The only thing about these places: they will soon have to go and make room for Skyscrapers. Is it a curse because nothing will be left of the old history of Shanghai? Or is it a blessing because it is a very hard life in these homes?Read more

  • Day2

    Welcome to Shanghai

    February 18 in China

    The skyline is dark and eerily silent,the streets vacant except for us. In a city full of millions of people it appears as though everyone has vacated and Shanghai is closed. At first it seems like our late night arrival might be to blame for this desertion. But as the sun rose and illuminated the grey blanket the covers the city we soon realized the truth. We had inadvertently arrived in Shanghai smack in the middle of Chinese New Year.Read more

  • Day22

    Day 22: Showers in Shanghai

    June 19, 2017 in China

    Kicked off the day with another Mandarin lesson on the rooftop. Then a change of plan due to weather as decided the Gardens weren't the best option in the rain. Opted for Shanghai museum instead. Emma went for a solo wander around the city - very proud she made it back with her sense of direction (and a little help from google maps). Emma discovered an underground mall with a huge amusement arcade, like nothing she'd seen before. It seemed the whole adolescence of Shanghai was there with armfuls of cuddly winnings from the claw machines, singing in the sing star booths, and playing an array of noisy unfamiliar games. Emma was very pleased to walk away with a Shaun the sheep toy - souvenir for Ben sorted!

    Gill spent most of the day in a daze and decided, after several hours of coughing needed another trip to the pharmacy as current drugs were not helping!
    However, Cassie decided a trip to the hospital was in order to see a Dr. So hospital it was...
    The hospital was in the British concession area so very old building and strangely quiet.
    Gill was checked in by a receptionist who took her temperature then told to find the Dr who was sitting in a little office. Blood pressure taken, throat checked, chest listened to in full view of other patients. No client confidentially here! Sent off for blood test and x-ray.
    Relieved to find the blood test was just a finger prick but again this was done in the corridor.
    No health and safety precautions for the x-ray here all were able to watch!
    Impressed with the instant results identifying only an infection. Antibiotics and 2 other tablets prescribed and collected. All very efficient costing only 187.50 yuan which is less then the prescriptions charges at home!
    A curious way to spend an evening, sussing out the healthcare system in China!

    Gill & Em x
    P.S. Belated birthday wishes for my little buddy Sacha!
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  • Day23

    Day 23: Shanghai

    June 20, 2017 in China

    Shanghai is a very big city, best enjoyed from the comfort of a hot tub on the 32nd floor of the Vue Bar at the Hyatt hotel.

    Visited two archaeologically and historically distinct concessions, the French (Tianzifang) and the British (The Bund). Walked down Nanjing Road, the busiest shopping street in the world, then took in the skyline from the riverside before ascending to the Vue Bar for an ariel view.

    Both impressed by the iconic city skyline, but didn't feel we got to know the real Shanghai, perhaps because 'story time' (one of our previously favourite ways to learn about the history and culture) was missing.

    Tested Cassie's leadership skills as only her 3rd ever group. She's had to deal with us getting locked out of our guesthouse, Emma being told off for swimming in the lagoon by the authorities, changing schedules, Gill's hospital trip and today's shutting down of an ATM and swallowing Gill's card!

    An early start tomorrow as back on the road. Next stop Fujian!

    Gill & Em x
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  • Day1

    Shanghai på 12 timmar

    December 26, 2017 in China

    En fantastisk julhelg blev starten på vår nya långresa- denna gång med destination Australien och Nya Zeeland.

    Förväntansfulla flög vi först till Zürich och sen vidare till Shanghai för en längre mellanlandning på 12 timmar. Ett höghastighetståg (Manglev) tog oss från flygplatsen till staden på endast åtta minuter! Inte konstigt att det gick snabbt med ett tåg som for fram i 431 km/h. För att hinna se så mycket av staden som möjligt styrde vi stegen mot en sightsingbuss. Min vän Rainer som jag träffade under min studietid i Belfast hade gett oss tips på sevärdheter i staden som vi inte fick missa. Vi hoppade av bussen vid the Bund, Nanjing road och the Old city. Det blev en spännande mix av moderna skyskapor, shoppinggator och gamla kvarter med tempel och kinesisk kultur.

    För en billig peng fick vi smaka på kinesisk mat på en av många små genuina hak. Det var klurigt att hitta vegetarisk mat då de flesta rätter innehöll kött av något slag. Grodor, oxsvansar och kycklingfötter var populära rätter på menyn. Inte något som tilltalade oss direkt. Smask smask smask tillsammans med kinesisk musik hördes på restaurangerna. Vi gissar att man visar att maten är god genom att smaska...

    Trötta av sömnbrist och många nya intryck åkte vi höghastighetståget tillbaka till flygplatsen för vidare färd till Sydney och äventyr.
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  • Day39


    April 7, 2016 in China

    We arrived on our high speed train from Wuhan into Shanghai at 7ish on Friday night, after frantically phoning around to find a hostel as everywhere seemed to be booked up for the weekend. Luckily we found somewhere, so after buying a very good value 72 hour metro card for around £4.50 we set off for the hostel, which luckily was fairly centrally located. After ordering 96 dumplings between us for dinner, we tried to make a night out of it, buying Baiju (rice wine) and mixing it with Fanta and Sprite as recommended by our hosts in Yangshuo, but we couldn't totally get rid of the horrible taste, and heading to a club recommended online. It was essentially a fancy cocktail bar, so we quickly moved on to another club which was in a cool former air raid shelter, but sadly was fairly empty, so gave up and caught a taxi home.

    The next morning, nursing hangovers and looking for lunch, we travelled to the French Concession in search of a famous Shanghai restaurant, but sadly it was closed. Fortunately across the street was a Muslim restaurant where I enjoyed some delicious Mongolian beef fried rice, which gave us the boost needed to further explore the French Concession - visiting Tianzifang, a touristy but fun maze of souvenir shops in traditional Shanghai alleys, which you could imagine were in the past filled with opium dens and gangsters. After buying a few souvenirs we hopped on the metro towards Shanghai's iconic riverside, known as the Bund, which was lined with stunning art deco buildings and a huge riverfront promenade. We strolled along the promenade as the sun went down, enjoying views of the Bund itself and of the financial district of Pudong, dotted with skyscrapers (including the world's second tallest), with the bright lights juxtaposed with a giant communist monument to the revolution at the end of the promenade. After soaking up the atmosphere for a while we went in search of dinner, via the 5 star Fairmont Hotel, which was a beautiful art deco building with a 1930s interior which we explored as far as we could. We eventually found Yang's Dumplings, a famous Shanghai chain which specialised in delicious fried dumplings, the best dumplings of many we've had in China. After dinner we returned to the hostel, before heading out to a club recommended to us in Hong Kong known as the mansion. It is notoriously hard to find, so we got a taxi driver to drop us off in the general area and bumped into some fellow partygoers, students in Shanghai who included a Tajik and a Kazakh. We eventually found our way to the club, through a little hatch in a wall and ended up having a great evening of socialising and dancing, leading to us only getting back to the hostel by about 5am.

    Waking up very late and feeling a little worse for wear, we attempted to make the most of our afternoon, heading to the Shanghai Museum, which took us a while to find despite it being shaped like a massive gold Chinese traditional cooking pot. The ground floor of the museum featured the Bronze collection, which had Chinese bronzes dating back 5000 years, with a pot decorated with Yaks a particular highlight. Also on ground level was the sculpture gallery, which had a number of beautiful pieces, including an amazing stone carved with 1000 tiny buddhas and a statue of the Buddhist female icon Guanyin, depicted strikingly similarly to the Virgin Mary. We moved on upstairs to the ceramics gallery, which had some attractive Tang dynasty multicolored pottery figurines of camels and dancing ladies, but was otherwise less impressive than most Chinese porcelain we see in the West. Adjacent was the painting and calligraphy galleries, which featured interesting information on the development of the Chinese script and beautiful paintings, often vertical landscapes, which reminded us of the mist shrouded mountain scenery of Emei Shan. Pressing on, we visited the Jade gallery which was fairly dull, followed by the coin gallery which mostly consisted of hundreds of traditional Chinese coins which were just identikit round coins with square holes, although there were some interesting silk road coins. The final gallery focused on Ethnic Minority Crafts and was particularly interesting, featuring ethnic minority dress from across the country and other artefacts including Uighur knives and creepy Tibetan opera masks. Tired out and overly cultured, we lowered the tone a bit by having dinner at the McDonald's near the hostel before getting an early night.

    Still tired from our weekend exploits, we woke up late on our last day in Shanghai and made our way once more to the French Concession, where we searched for and eventually found the Shanghai Propaganda Art Center, a museum located in an apartment block basement, apparently due to its somewhat sensitive subject matter. The museum turned out to be a treasure trove of amazing original posters. It took us on a chronological journey starting with art nouveau style posters of femme fatale 'Shanghai girls' from the hedonistic Republican period, followed by early 1940s and 50s socialist realist propaganda extolling the virtues of the simplified alphabet an industrialisation, with it often being the same artists behind decadent adverts in the 1930s and communist propaganda in the 1940s. The posters helped tell the story of China under Mao, often criticising the US and supporting North Korea, while purges were reflected by different editions of posters having different politicians removed. While the poster as propaganda declined after Mao, there were still a number extolling the wonders of Chinese technology. What made the museum more amazing was the fact that later Chinese leaders ordered all propaganda posters destroyed, so they are generally very rare. We were so impressed by the museum (and felt we needed something to remember it by as photography was forbidden) that we each bought ourselves a print of a poster a souvenir. After a fun afternoon in the museum, we returned to the hostel to collect our bags before our train journey that evening to Hangzhou....
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  • Day9

    Hangzhou to Shanghai

    September 10, 2017 in China

    Early start today as we make our way to Shanghai. A visit to the Lotus Gardens and a boat trip on the Great Lake was our first stop. Very humid today. Next, we visit a green tea plantation for some tea tasting before lunch. Pleased to be back on the air conditioned bus, we begin our 3 hr drive to Shanghai. Beautiful 5 star hotel for the next 2 nights.

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