Yup you read that right; my friend and I spent a weekend in Shanghai back in Sept. 2011 when I just started having a full time job. In need of a break, we decided to spend a weekend in Shanghai to destress, be young, and have fun.
Since this is a post that’s done more than 4 years after my trip, the exact stuff I’ve done is a bit hazy. Instead, I’ll put up pictures and a bit of description of what these pictures represent.
Maybe it’s just me, but I found the Shanghainese people to be direct and aggressive sometimes, at least for the people I met. Not all of them, maybe a few, some of them were really nice to us of course.
Anyway I am not sure how well their English was since we were speaking mainly Mandarin with them, so of course I suggest going there with someone that speaks Mandarin as well!
Upon arriving, came across an IKEA along the way.
Years ago, branded cars were luxuries. Now, as my friend from Shenzhen told me, Audis are considered common / lower class, just like the days when even secretaries in China would have Louis Vuittons.
In a Shanghai hotel
Xin Tian Di – where there were many restaurants and bars
An alleyway in Xin Tian Di
Green Massage – back then I haven’t had many massage experiences… so when I went for this one it hurt like hell. Actually even today, when I get massages, usually it hurts a lot for me. Near Xin Tian Di.
Inside Green Massage
Inside a restaurant in Xin Tian Di
Xiao Long Bao
Sour Spicy Soup
We went during Mid Autumn festival so they had some celebration going on.
Richbaby – a nightclub we went to
Old Town Nanshi
As you can see, they even had American corporations like McDonald’s here. Also Starbucks.
Snack Food shops
At the Bund.
European style buildings
Oriental Pearl Tower. As you can see, many of my pictures are quite gray as the pollution was really bad there.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. We took this to cross the other side of the river.
Like Space Mountain.
Bank of China Shanghai
A pretty cool circular road.
Oriental Pearl Tower at night
IFC Mall and a cool Apple store entrance
Just before entering the Oriental Pearl Tower
At the observation deck of the Oriental Pearl Tower
Ping An Shanghai
Chinglish fails >o<
Google Translate for the win
Hahaha this one definitely takes the “short” cake though!
Also at late night, there will be people selling skewers as well. Really tasty!
Hope the next time I go, the pollution won’t be bad! This is a good short trip from Hong Kong though, so I definitely am awaiting the next time to go there… and even practice my mandarin some more haha.