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Shanghai from above

Shanghai from above

In the beginning of this month, I was in Germany for 10 days, therefore there have been no updates on here. Germany was great as always, lots of good times with family and friends and of course lots and lots of yummy food. Basically all I took pictures of is food … Again. Maybe I’ll share some of them later, but since there have been so many travel posts recently, I thought I’d focus on Shanghai again. I wouldn’t want Shanghai to think I don’t love it anymore 🙂

Last week I was definitely reminded of one of the reasons, when I went for a work dinner and drinks at Hyatt on the Bund. The view from the 32nd floor was really amazing. I’ve never seen the Bund from above. When you’re walking along you, you just cannot see the full beauty. And I can never get enough of the Pudong skyline.

The best part about the view is that you can see both sides of the river at the same time. It’s pretty amazing to just sit at the window or stand on the rooftop and stare. I tried to capture it with a panoramic photo, but of course it’s even better in person.

Sorry to all our visitors who’ve already been here. If I’d known about this view, I would have taken you there! You’ll just have to come back 🙂

A bike tour around Shanghai

A bike tour around Shanghai

On Friday, we said good bye to our first visitors. After a 2-week group tour around China, Thorben’s parents stayed with us for a week. Besides celebrating my birthday we also did some other fun  activities, one of them was a bike tour through Shanghai at night.

Our guide had to cancel the day before but we still wanted to go, so they sent one of their technicians. Our new guide didn’t speak English but he knew the route and played recordings at some of the stops for some background info. We started at Hengshan Road and biked through the French Concession, passing big villas, embassies and Fuxing park. In Xintiandi, we went into one of the alleyways and learned about community life there. Our next stop was the Yuyuan Garden/Old Street area which is the old center of Shanghai. Now it’s really touristy with lots of shops but lit up nicely at night. We have yet to visit Yuyuan Garden, I think Thorben’s parents have seen more of Shanghai’s sights then us 🙂

After biking through some small dark alleys in the old town, we went to the bund. It was really visible again that Shanghai is a city of huge contrasts: Some people share tiny, old lane house apartments with their extended family, have communal kitchens and bathrooms and sit outside around plastic tables with their neighbors playing Mahjong. A few meters away there are fancy hotels, glitzy, modern high-rise buildings and the Pudong skyline.

On our way back we passed Nanjing East Road, Shanghai’s major shopping street and People’s Square. You can really see a lot of Shanghai in 3 hours on bikes 🙂

Yuyuan Old Street

Yuyuan Old Street

Last weekend Benedikt, who I went to university with, arrived in Shanghai for a business trip. With only a few days to spend here we focused on some of the main tourist sights. After Brunch in the French Concession, which he got a good glimps of also because I managed to get us a little lost, we went to Xintiandi and Tianzi Fang. In the evening we met up with Shane and walked around a park and saw a fountain show with some Chinese music. This was also were we encountered the paparazzi. After all that sightseeing we met some  friends of Shane for delicious Shaanxi food. On Sunday we got some Shanghainese street food (I love fried dumplings!) with Pearl and walked along the bund as it was getting dark. Even after seeing it a few times the view never gets old, especially when it’s lit up at night.

After the Bund we walked over to Yuyuan Old Street. I haven’t been there so it was nice to explore something new. The architecture is quite a contrast to the modern Pudong skyline and looks much more traditionally Chinese. According to my guide book those are renovated buildings from the Qing dynasty. There are tons of shops and food places there and it is right next to Yuyuan Gardens (where I also haven’t been), so I’m sure I’ll be back with more visitors.