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    • Day50

      Shanghai - Sightseeing

      October 20, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Wir haben spontan entschieden, doch noch eine Nacht länger in Shanghai zu bleiben, um etwas zu entspannen 😎 und unsere weitere Route noch besser planen zu können, da wir festgestellt haben, dass es in China nicht ganz so einfach ist von A nach B zu kommen.
      Den Tag haben wir also genutzt die nächsten Zugtickets am Bahnhof zu kaufen, einige leckere chinesische Streetfood-Köstlichkeiten zu probieren und auch den Shanghaier „Heiratsmarkt“ zu begutachten... (dort werden Schirme mit Beschreibungen der Personen von den Eltern aufgestellt und andere Eltern oder Singles können sich dann direkt bei den Aufstellern für eine Anfrage melden)
      Natürlich sind wir auch noch ein wenig durch die Stadt gelaufen und haben uns noch mehr von der Innenstadt angeschaut. Zur Abwechslung haben wir uns diesmal den Sonnenuntergang und die Lichtshow am „The Bund“ von der anderen Uferseite angeschaut.
      Danach gab es auch noch ein leckeres Abendessen mit Fischsuppe und Nudeln.
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      Traveler

      Kaj je zdaj z mojo svileno ruto

      10/23/19Reply
      Traveler

      Do sedaj še nisem nič takšnega videl... ne morem ti obečati da bom našel...

      10/23/19Reply
       
    • Day48

      Shanghai - Stadtrundgang

      October 18, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Nach dem Aufstehen hieß es auf zur Free Walking Tour, die wir für diesen Tag gebucht hatten. Während der Tour haben wir einiges über die Geschichte und das Leben in der Stadt, über chinesischen Traditionen und auch über lokales und typisches Essen gelernt. Es war sehr interessant, jedoch ist und bleibt China ein sehr eigentümliches Land, das jedoch in Shanghai vermutlich noch am ehesten westlich ist... 😊
      Vor Beginn der Tour hatte die Führerin gesagt, dass es passieren kann, dass von uns Bilder gemacht werden, weil wir Ausländer sind. Wir dachten, dass ist ein Witz, aber es passierte wirklich... immer wieder „begafften“ uns Leute und machten Videos oder Fotos... so waren wir auch mal kurzzeitig „Superstars“... 😂
      Danach sind wir noch ein wenig umher gelaufen und haben uns bei Starbucks Reserve (ein wohl neues "exklusives" Konzept, um den Leuten noch mehr Geld aus den Taschen zu ziehen) ein Filterkaffee Probierset gegönnt. Dies war jedoch nur so mittelmäßig...
      Interessant war auch, dass diesem Viertel viele Chinesen Fotoshootings (für Hochzeiten, Instagram, etc.) auf der Straße machen, da es dort für sie wie in Europa / Amerika aussieht. Ich glaube wir wurden dafür auch missbraucht, da wir am Fenster saßen und es mit uns noch mehr nach Westen aussah... 😝
      Zum Abendessen gab es dann, nachdem wir wieder Lust darauf hatten, leckere chinesische Gerichte. Wirklich nervig in China ist, dass sie einem Restaurant die Karte bringen und dann neben dem Tisch stehen bleiben und man dann sofort wählen soll. Wenn man mit Ihnen sprechen und sie einen beraten könnten, wäre das ja super, aber ohne Englisch (bzw. Chinesisch auf unserer Seite) schwierig... 🙈
      Als Nachtisch gab es dann noch „Bubble Tea“, mit dem wir dann zu „The Bund“ gelaufen sind und die beleuchteten Hochhäuser genossen haben.
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      Traveler

      Am Fernsehturm ist ein toller Apple Store 😜

      10/21/19Reply
      Traveler

      Und an der Ecke Jingling Road und Youngshou Road in der Seitenstraße gibt es gute Fussmassagen ;)

      10/21/19Reply
      Traveler

      Haben wir gesehen den Shop ;)

      10/21/19Reply
      Traveler

      Haltet gut durch und seht das seltsame Land als Abenteuer :) Was westliches gibt's zum Beispiel in der skybar vom jinmao Tower plus die Aussicht. Wir hatten damals Tiramisu :) Sonst fand ich Tianzifang auch ganz nett. Oder wenn gar nix mehr geht den Paulaner Biergarten...

      10/22/19Reply
       
    • Day25

      Shanghai

      September 21, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Moving on again! Up and out from the hotel, across Hangzhou to the station where we boarded our fast train to Shanghai. It's only a couple of hundred kilometres, so the train blasted across in about 90 minutes or so. The rail network here is really good. As usual, Shanghai's main west-facing high-speed station is a fair way out of town, so we had to take a metro for about 40 minutes towards the centre of town. Since we were taking a few trains, we'd picked a hotel right near the central railway station, even though it wasn't the greatest spot in Shanghai.

      Emerged from the metro into fairly persistent drizzle, the most rain we've seen in probably two weeks. Quite miserable really, and with a wind to match. Found our hotel easily, since it's 30 stories tall! It's a budget Holiday Inn and we're on the 22nd floor in a pretty good size room, with a proper desk and a view.

      Decided that the rain wasn't going to let up any time soon, so we headed out. Though it was about this time I remembered the giant hole at the front of my shoe - it was going to be an uncomfortable day! We headed first for the French Concession, a shopping and eating area that was, well conceded to the French in the 19th century. It still has a vaguely faded French air to it, with large buildings like embassies set back from the road, tree-lined boulevards and similar.

      The trouble is, it's a huge area and not especially well defined. Lacking a definite plan we just sort of wandered around for a while getting progressively wetter and more miserable (despite umbrellas!). Eventually we retreated to a noodle shop for a while and had some lunch, then headed for the subway to move on.

      Headed towards the Bund district, around a bend in the main river, where we wandered through a couple of shopping malls mainly trying to stay dry. Ate a few different things including xiao long bao which are soup & meat dumplings - we've had them before in Sydney at Din Tai Fung and other places, but they're originally from Shanghai so it was nice to give them a go here.

      Late afternoon we ended up at the waterfront of Shanghai, where there's the famous skyline with the tall buildings across the river in Pudong. The rain was only misting at this point so we stayed around for an hour or so, hoping to catch the renowed light show on the skyscrapers. Alas we were far too early (apparently it starts around 7pm, not 5:30 like we'd hoped!), so we saw a few lights turn on and then headed off.

      Heading away from the river we walked down Nanjing East Road, the main pedestrian thoroughfare in Shanghai. Very busy and buzzing despite the weather, with crowds around and neon lights dangling from every building. Very much a Chinese version of Times Square.

      Wandered into another mall where we found some good priced food options: more xiao long bao of course! Then back to the subway where we headed back to hotel, squelching the whole way. Very happy to get my wet sock out of a wet shoe!
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      Trish Forrester

      I would have thought you'd be able to get a new pair of shoes in all those shopping malls!

      10/7/19Reply
      Traveler

      Not with feet my size! I struggle to find them in Australia sometimes

      10/9/19Reply
      Trish Forrester

      😂😂

      10/11/19Reply
       
    • Day32

      Shopping - geschwungene Rollteppen

      January 11, 2020 in China ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      Auf Grund des nassen und kalten Wetters sind wir meist erst gegen 11 Uhr los gemacht, um die Stadt zu erkunden. Ich hatte vor nicht allzu langer Zeit gesehen, dass in einem Kaufhaus geschwungene Rolltreppen verbaut sind. Da sowas weltweit selten ist, haben wir uns das natürlich nicht entgehen lassen. Das Kaufhaus an sich war mit Läden gefüllt, mit denen wir aber wenig anfangen konnten.

      Wir liefen und fuhren trotz des Wetters noch zu dem sehenswerten Yu Yuan Garden und gingen anschließend noch durch das Finanzviertel mit den höchsten Gebäuden von Shanghai.
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    • Day117

      Shanghai - das moderne China

      June 2, 2018 in China ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Wir sitzen hier in unserem Apartment mit Blick auf die Skyline Shanghais und denken über die vergangenen Tage nach. Nach Peking und Xi'an sind wir im modernen China angelangt. Hier hält man sich wieder einigermassen an die Verkehrsregeln und geht nicht bei rot über die Strasse, man kann sich auch ohne drängeln und schubsen in eine Schlange stellen und auch rumgespuckt wird hier nur noch selten (und ist mancherorts sogar schon verboten). Es sind die Kleinigkeiten, die uns glücklich machen. Beispielsweise, wenn es auf öffentlichen WC's sogar Toilettenpapier hat.😆😉 Die ersten Impressionen, weitere folgen...Read more

      Traveler

      🤣

      6/2/18Reply
      Traveler

      Het doch biz Heimweh 😊

      6/2/18Reply
      Traveler

      Anderi Dimensione als bi uns 😮

      6/2/18Reply
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    • Day120

      Shanghai's secrets

      June 5, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Einige Tage sind wir nun schon in Shanghai zu Gast und haben noch längst nicht alles entdeckt und gesehen von der bedeutendsten Industriestadt China‘s. Leandra hat eine super Unterkunft im Zentrum gefunden, von welcher aus wir meist zu Fuss auf Entdeckungsreise aufbrechen können. Folgende Attraktionen haben unsere 4 Augen hier in Shanghai schon zu sehen bekommen:

      # People‘s square&park / Nanjing road
      Der People’s square ist das kulturelle Herz von Shanghai. Am Wochenende findet im Park jeweils der berühmte Hochzeitsmarkt statt, wo meist die Mütter ihre Söhne zum Heiraten anbieten - dies geschieht mit Hilfe eines Regenschirms und dem persönlichen Steckbrief. Eine sehr besondere und nicht alltägliche Art, die Frau der Träume zu finden.
      Die Nanjing road gilt als eine der grössten Einkaufststrassen der Welt und fällt besonders nachts durch die bunten Leuchtreklamen an den Häuserfronten auf.

      # Tianzifang
      Ein kleines Künstlerviertel im Herzen der Stadt. Hier kann man gemütlich durch die Gässlein schlendern und einzigartige, kreative Produkte begutachten.

      # Jing‘an-Tempel
      Der Tempel des Friedens und der Ruhe wurde erst frisch restauriert und erstrahlt im goldenen Glanz. Er liegt nur wenige Gehminuten vom People’s square entfernt (am westlichen Ende der Nanjing road) und zählt zu den bedeutendsten buddhistischen Sakralbauten Chinas. Der historische Tempel ist umgeben von modernen hohen Gebäuden - ein sehenswerter Kontrast zwischen alt und neu.

      # Fake market Xinyang
      Einige Metrostationen entfernt besuchten wir einen der vielen Fake markets. Über Taschen, Uhren, Schmuck, Elektronikartikel bis hin zu Schuhen, Brillen und Bekleidung gibt es hier alles von den uns bekannten Marken - selbstverständlich ist alles gefälscht und die Preise verhandelbar. Die neuen Schuhe für Leandra haben wir auf 25 % des genannten Händlerpreises herunter gehandelt.💪

      # The Bund / Pudong / Puxi
      Die lange, westliche Uferpromenade des Huangpu Flusses gegenüber des Financial District bietet einen unvergleichlichen Blick auf die Skyline Shanghais. Am Abend leuchten fast alle Gebäude in Pudong in verschiedenen Farben. Von hier aus (oder von unserer Unterkunft😉) hat man ein fantastisches Panorama auf den Shanghai Tower (mit 632 Meter das zweithöchstes Gebäude der Welt), das Shanghai World Financial Center, den Oriental Pearl Tower, den Jin Mao Tower und viele weitere Gebäude. Entlang der 2,6 km langen Promenade auf der Puxiseite befinden sich historische Gebäude aus der Kolonialzeit, in denen sich hauptsächlich der Finanzsektor niedergelassen hat.

      # Yuyuan Garden and City god temple
      Der Yuyuan Garten gilt als eines der schönsten Beispiele der Gartenkunst in China und ist seit 1961 für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Eingebettet in der Altstadt sind wir hier dem Trubel für einige Minuten entflohen und haben die Gartenlandschaft genossen. Ein magischer Platz, der vergessen lässt, dass man sich in einer Weltmetropole befindet.
      Der buddhistische City god temple befindet sich gleich nebenan - aber irgendwie haben wir ihn nicht gefunden. 🤷‍♂
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      Traveler

      Ha..ha..das isch jo lustig..und die Männer nähme denn ohni z Murre die Fraue wo sMutti usgsuecht het 🤣🤣

      6/5/18Reply
      Traveler

      So schön

      6/5/18Reply
      Traveler

      Wow..gäbt es tolls Poster

      6/5/18Reply
      Traveler

      Eine Oase der Ruhe 😊

      6/5/18Reply
       
    • Day3

      Ambrosian Breakfast

      October 6, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      The Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund in Shanghai is the most sumptuous and artistically beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in. This morning’s breakfast offered every type of cuisine, Eastern and Western. I have never had better food anywhere. We started off with traditional omelettes, but then I added some Chinese dumplings, pork inside a steamed bread roll. Everything was at least as good as the best food I ever tasted. Some of it was better. We have enjoyed egg custard tarts everywhere from North Carolina to Europe. Until today the best I had ever tasted were in Portugal, but today’s tarts here in Shanghai topped them. Today we will enjoy another trip to a garden in Suzhou, a seventeenth-century wonder, and will learn about the production of silk.Read more

    • Day3

      A Loud Pop, A Woman Down

      October 6, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      I heard a loud pop as the woman behind me hit the concrete. Everyone in the line to enter the Shanghai Museum fled from the noise, and I stood with Shane Lawrence next to Mary Larsen, sprawled out on the walkway. I had met her only the day before. She had tripped over a plastic hump covering electrical cords, and lay motionless on the concrete. Her right wrist showed an ugly bulge, and her hip hurt so that she could hardly walk. A guard rushed over to open that barrier that held us in the queue. Shane and I slowly pulled Mary to her feet as the guard shouted Chinese orders and motioned for Mary and me to go into the building—not Shane, just me. I don’t know why. Security officials ushered us into a cloakroom, where they asked Mary if she wanted a glass of water. In broken Chinese I suggested that they bring ice for her wrist, swelling and turning purple. Bringing a cold pack, they asked if she wanted an ambulance to take her to the hospital. After some discussion, they allowed Mary to go to the nearest hospital in a cab. The guards allowed Shane’s wife Mandy, a nurse, to join us. The taxi took us to a hospital, maybe ten minutes away, where we sought the entrance to the emergency room.

      Mary struggled to walk in the parking lot as I saw a woman whom I asked in Chinese, “Do you work here?” She said she did. I asked, “Can you help us take this woman to the emergency room?”

      Immediately she was a blur of action as she produced a wheelchair and rolled Mary up a nearby ramp and through a door draped with a heavy brown canvas curtain. She pushed Mary’s wheelchair through the split in the middle of the curtain into a semi-lit room. A baby with a bandage on its head cried with pain. An old lady covered in bloody bandages lay unconscious, surrounded by family members in the middle of the room. A wall of patients with a wide range of injuries and illnesses looked down at the floor as they sat in silence on gray metal folding chairs extending in a line down a hallway. In the corner of the room our helper began a Chinese shouting match at the nurses’ station, adding to the cacophony of wailing infants. A well dressed Chinese woman came to me and asked in broken English what was happening. I told her that Mrs. Larsen had fallen and broken her wrist. She joined the shouting match and after a few minutes told me that this hospital was only for ordinary citizens of Shanghai. Party officials, VIP’s and foreign tourists were treated in another, better hospital nearby. This hospital could not admit Mary. After more shouting with the hospital staff, she told me that a nurse was calling the other hospital to arrange for Mary to be transferred there. She spoke in broken English, I in broken Chinese, as I learned that she now lives in Ohio, but that she was in Shanghai tending to her mother, who was currently admitted as a patient. Finishing her phone call, the head nurse informed us that because the National Day celebration was underway, many of the the VIP hospital’s staff were on vacation, and no doctors were working at the VIP hospital that day. Then she said that if Mary thought her wrist was broken, she could stay, and they would treat it when her turn came. Because Mary was a foreign tourist, though, they would try to advance her in their schedule. Mandy and I held a quick discussion with Mary, and she decided that she would prefer to receive treatment elsewhere. We decided to take a cab back to our hotel to assess our options.

      Back at the hotel about lunchtime, I explained our situation to the concierge. She snapped into action as we took Mary to use the restroom in the hotel’s restaurant. The concierge said she was working things out and suggested that we return to our rooms for a few minutes. She would call us soon with more information. Mary’s arm and hip made her grimace as she asked to be allowed to wait in place, there in the restaurant. I returned to my room and ate a quick bag of peanuts washed down with a bottle of water.

      Our concierge advised us that she had made an appointment for Mary at a better hospital at 2 pm. She also introduced us to Jenny, our translator. At 1:20 pm we took a taxi to an emergency medical clinic near the old Russian embassy. The staff took Mary back for x-rays, with nurse Mandy accompanying her. I learned that Jenny was a Russian from Yekaterinburg studying hotel management in Shanghai. Her Chinese was superb. Her English was reasonably good. X-rays showed that Mary’s wrist was shattered, her hip was badly bruised but not broken. We would need to go to a hospital with an orthopedic surgeon for the wrist.

      Another cab ride took us to United Family Healthcare, a hospital with an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Xu. After more X-rays and CT scans, the doctor advised Mary that surgery was necessary, the sooner the better. Mandy expressed both to the doctor and to us her serious reservations about Mary’s decision to allow a foreign surgeon in a Chinese hospital repair her wrist. Calmly Dr. Xu explained the risks involved in waiting to have the procedure done after returning Mary to the United States. Mandy asked me to step outside of the room and told me that she was having a panic attack.

      I said, “Panic attacks are not authorized tonight. You can have one, but not now. You’ll have to wait and have it later once we have Mary safe.”

      Finally, Mary had her mind made up: she would have the surgery in China. Again Mandy attempted to persuade Mary to delay surgery until she returned home to Arizona. Dr. Xu told Mary that he would prefer for her to stay overnight so that he could take her to surgery early the next morning, but because she had some things to pack, Mary asked to return to the hotel that night. She would return to the hospital for surgery the next morning.

      By that time Ray, our Viking tour guide, had arrived in Shanghai. Because my cell phone was not completing phone calls since arriving in China, I asked a nursing station attendant to call him for me. I reported the situation to him. He suggested that I tell the taxi driver to drop us at our hotel’s rear entrance on Dian Shi Road to avoid the National Day Parade. When we approached the area of the hotel, however, the police would not allow the driver to turn onto Dian Shi Road. I asked the driver to let us out at the intersection of Bei Jing and Si Chuan Roads. With the battery supply in my cell phone nearing zero I shot one final text message to Glenda asking her to have Ray meet us there with a wheelchair. He did so within ten minutes, and we returned to the Fairmont Peace Hotel at around 10:30 pm.
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      Traveler

      W O W. A story that will never be forgotten. Hoping Mary is recovering well from her surgery.

      10/8/19Reply
       
    • Day1

      Arrival in Shanghai

      October 4, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

      When we arrived at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai about 4:45 pm, Viking assigned us an opulent room. We saw a documentary recently showing old film footage of the Chinese Revolution of 1911 in which this hotel was depicted as the place where the Western diplomats and businessmen stayed and strayed. The hotel is still here, and we’re in it. It is on the Bund, the string of European hotels, embassies and finance houses that reduced China to slavery in the late 19th century. The decor is 1920’s Art-Deco excess—over the top elegance. I expect F. Scott Fitzgerald to walk around the corner at any moment. Arriving in Shanghai this afternoon, we encountered a parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution of 1949. Hundreds of people joined soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army in the streets. When we went out to photograph it, a policeman told us we must move with the crowd, so even though I had told Glenda I would meet her at our hotel, we were not allowed to stay in place. Kathy, Gil and I joined the river of humanity parading through the streets of Shanghai. We thought we would just go around the block and return to our hotel. No such luck. At the next intersection, the one after that, and the one after that there was a cadre of young cadets all blowing whistles and telling us we could not make a left turn. When we were finally able to turn left, we were six blocks away from our hotel, so our whole walk took us about fourteen blocks. It was amazing! We got to see a million new friends on our first night in this beautiful city. What a wonderful way to get our first walking tour of old Shanghai.Read more

    • Day3

      Bund

      August 11, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      The view at the Bund is amazing. You can see from the photos online. But seeing it with our eyes was absolutely different. SO WOW!

      From there we saw the beatiful modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui in the Pudong DistrictRead more

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