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mortimer Shanghai - A travel report by Martin
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Shanghai feeling

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Shanghai was the second stop on our itinerary we arrived by hard sleeper train from beijing. Train journeys in China are really very intersting and funny. In a hardsleeper you have 6 people per compartment each a bed makes 3 per side.


Flying vendors preparing breakfast, half an hour later the street was empty again
Flying vendors preparing breakfast, half an hour later the street was empty again
Shanghai is a nice city with great differences. You have the old Chinese Town, The Colonialistic bund, The modern Pudong with scyscrapers. When we arrived at the railway station we took taxis to our hotel (najing) which is situated near the pedestrian shopping area. From there we took a stroll down to the bund and took the subterrean crossing by train to pudong. When in Pudong go up to the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt and enjoy the view from up there. Another nice thing to do is a river cruise where you see all different types of ships, shipyards and bridges. You also have a nice view to the Bund.

Favourite spots:
People doing their morning exercises
People doing their morning exercises
We made the best desicion to rise early next morning and went to the chinese town by 6 o'clock. There were loads of people doing their morning exercises, dancing, walking their birds, buying breakfast from flying vendors. It was impressing to watch all those elderly people peforming their thai chi, some even had swords, fans or ribbons. Some people where showing off the skills of their birds. We watched a man trying to make its birs say hello (ni Hao), after some teaching it really answered. There was forming a crowd around him. Then we went to the teahouse in the lake, which was a bit tricky to find. Eventually we walked over the nine dragon bridge and went inside the teahouse where we had steaming hot, delicious green tea (lü tsha). There were some old mans sitting there having their regular morning tea and talks. They seemed to tell jokes or were perhaps laughing at us. The ambiance was really relaxed and everybody was very friendly. Afterwards we went to the chinese garden.

What's really great:
The entrance door to the chinese garden
The entrance door to the chinese garden
We were among the firsts to enter this day and could enjoy it calmly. When we got out there was already quite a lot of people around. By then it would have taken us 5 minutes instead of 1 crossing the nine dragon bridge. We also were lucky to get some sun just before the smog was closing in. So when staying in Shanghai get up early. Another funny experience was taking the metro. An empty train arrived and seconds after the doors opened it was crammed with people. We tried to get out on the next stop and could only manage it with boxing our way through the people.

Accommodations:
Morning exercises
Morning exercises
We stayed at the nanijng hotel (Nanjing Hotel Shanghai
Address: 200 South Shanxi Road Shanghai 200001
Phone: 021-63221455 Fax: 021-63206520)
near the pedestrian shopping area of shanghai. From there you are a short footwalkt to all the main attractions or you can take the metro.
If you are after something more luxurious check out the grand hayatt on pudong which claims to be the highest Hotel of the world

Restaurants:
The teahouse in the lake in early morning sun with the nine dragon bridge
The teahouse in the lake in early morning sun with the nine dragon bridge
the restaurant m on the bund is a great spot for lunch on the terrace

The Teahouse in the lake is a good spot for eary morning tea.

Published on Monday June 28th, 2004


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Wed, Jan 11 2006 - 08:34 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

nice report

Wed, Jan 11 2006 - 04:52 AM rating by wojtekd

Interesting, nice pics but I wish also to read some down-to earth info: how much cost the hotel, transport, street safety... Thanks anyway...

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