Day 16: Shanghai - South-East Ending
July 10th 2015:
The final stop on my journey took me to the metropolitan city of Shanghai. I was lucky enough to be staying on East Nanjing Road. This meant I was very central and within walking distance from the French Concession and the famous Bund.
Shanghai was the first city that felt a lot more multicultural and cosmopolitain. It was the first place on the trip that it was likely to find English speaking Chinese citizens and walking in the main tourist zones there were a lot of western tourists.
Shanghaiis very busy but with state of the art transport such as the Mega Lev you’ll find your toing and froing to be very efficient here - albeit a little
My time here took me outside of the sprawling city for a day to Zhujuihao - the traditional water city - escaping from the hot town centre to a more relaxing and tranquil environment. See Below for more on Zhujizhao.
I have to say that most Chinese cities have great food, but if you want the biggest variety and top quality - Shanghai is the place to be. It al about its street vendors and restaurants boasting dishes from all over the region with many specialities.
Last on the list was getting a view of the Shanghai Night Skyline. Unfortunately at this post of the trip there was a massive Typoon en-route to south and south eastern China. There was torrential rain, strong winds and dense cloud for 2 days. I intended to go to the Pearl TV tower to get a few snaps of Shanghai at dusk, but it wasn’t meant to be. Luckily, I was staying in a hotel on the last two days that had 48 stories. The top floor was closed off - but after doing a little sneaking around I managed to get in in and take some snaps of the impressive urban jungle in all its illuminated glory.
Huangpu makes up the eastern part of Shanghai's traditional urban core and is today the most central of Shanghai's 18 districts.
Huangpu also includes key attractions such as The Bund and the Old City God Temple, as well as popular shopping districts such as Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road. The Huangpu District is one of the most densely populated urban districts in the world.
A main spot in this area is People's Square (人民广场 and is located in the heart of the city, and is in many ways the center of the city.
This area is also very well connected, with the subway - lines 1 and 10 being right next to my hotel - it was easy to move around in the city.
Jin Jiang Tower
Towering over the former French Concession area, 5-star Jin Jiang Tower Hotel boasts spectacular views of the city. It has a large pool and a spa with sauna.
it's a great bit of accommodation that has some impressive rooms, with glass bathrooms, large plush beds and Cable TV.
The sauna, steam room and swimming pool was where I spent most of my time in this hotel. It free to use and it was just so relaxing.
Another great facility is the included breakfast. Buffet style it hosts both western and eastern cuisines to a very high standard. You oculdn't really
ask for more!
For jsut a little over £80 a night, its a fantastic find!
The Ancient Water Town
Located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town with a history of more than 1700 years.
Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards will transport anyone who hasbeen living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.
Some of the main attractions here are Fangsheng Bridge, a short Zhujiajiao boat ride on the canal, the Yunjin Monastery and Chenghuangmiao (Temple).
Famous for its waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is on the west bank of Huangpu River. From the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge. Here you can see the reast of the skyscraping building acroos the water, most significantly the Pearl TV Tower.
The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.
Approximately 5.5km long, Najing Road starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west If your a keen shopper, and enthusiastic diner or a night life junkie then Nanjing road has everything you could need. Lined with all kind of shops from brick-a-bracand souvenirs to luxury good and retail brands, it has been called
the ’Oriental Paris’.
It has a massive range of food stores; street food and reseratunts every step of the way. Shanghai boasts one of China's best and most distinctive cuisines. Influenced by its position just south of the Yangtze and at the mouth of the Huangpu, the region abounds in a selection of freshwater fish and shellfish. Dishes from this area are delicately seasoned. Shanghai's people have a 'sweet tooth', and more sugar is used in Shanghai than in any other part of China.
In the evening, wait for the sun to set and the street comes to life, full of neon signage, flashing lights, people and street performances. If you’ve done enough shopping and eating - this is the best time to visit Nanjing road as its it becomes an illuminated paradise as far as the eye can see.
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