Shanghai is a port city along the Huangpu River. It is also one of the most populous cities in China and has so much history. I've always wanted to visit Shanghai because of the bright lights and it's rich historical background. I spent a week in Shanghai, which I thought was too long for me. The first night being in Shanghai I only went for a walk and to get food. I ended up meeting a couple of Chinese girls in my hostel who spoke no English but wanted to hang out.
The first place we went to was The Bund. The Bund is a waterfront area in the Pudong area. Here you can walk along the riverside promenade and take in the skyscrapers and historical buildings. Across the Huangpu River is the Oriental Pearl Tower which is a TV tower. Other buildings include the Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower, HSBC Building and others.
The Bund is the busiest tourist attractions in Shanghai because of its old architecture and skyline. Here you will find tourists from all over the world.
My new friends Hanna and Jing Li wanted to take pictures in front of the skyline. We literally took like 20 pictures, hence my fake smile! Hanna spoke some English and Jing Li spoke no English. To communicate we used a translator on our phones for everything. It was pretty funny!
On the other side of the promenade is the old architectural buildings. There are 52 buildings consisting of Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Art Deco type styles. The buildings range from banks to luxury hotels. If you are into architecture you must check these buildings out, they are so beautiful!
While walking around we came across a Chinese celebrity. Obviously, I had no idea who he was and they didn't either. We tried to stick around and get pictures, which we did, and figure out who he was but we were not successful.
The skyline is really interesting. The buildings are all really different from each other. I think it s not one of my favourite skylines.
We stayed at The Bund for probably two hours. We finally got hungry and decided to leave to find food while exploring the architectural buildings.
The view from across the street by the buildings was really nice. There is a flower wall with actual real colourful flowers.
To eat we went to Nanjing Road, a shopping area, where we got cheap food. I ordered beef noodles which came with a soup that tasted like nothing. The food was good but nothing special but it was only about $5.
After eating we took the subway to Tianzifang. Tianzifang is an arts and crafts district with tons of boutiques, bars and restaurants. I soon found out this is where all the foreigners hang out too. This area was quite busy as you can see, it was kind of claustrophobic with all the people.
There were a lot of really cool stationary and craft stores that we went in to. Surprisingly, there were also palm trees, which is not something you'd expect to see here.
Unknowingly, we stumbled on the French Concession. Originally when I planned my trip to Shanghai that was one of the places I wanted to visit but my plans changed after I met my two friends. The French Concession was actually a settlement for French immigrants then soon other people from various nationalities came to settle here. It is no longer a foreign settlement but people do still live here and this area gets lots of tourism.
Tianzifang was a bit busy we decided to get out of the alleys and walk along the streets and got some rice cakes to eat.
After a bit we went back into Tianzifang and did some browsing around. I was looking for postcards but the only ones I found were water colour which I did not want.
After we went to a cafe called Kommune. Kommune is a really cool cafe, they have food and drinks. They even have hookah pipes!
To drink, I ordered a Frappuccino (48 Yuan, $9.30) which was pretty pricey. We even got free shots of vodka because it was happy hour!
Of course we took some more selfies while having our drinks. Hanna had to go back home, somewhere in the West of China so Jing Li and I hung out a bit longer.
How to get here:
--Take subway line 9, get off at Dapuqiao and leave through exit 1
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