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A Shanghai Tourist Weekend

A Shanghai Tourist Weekend

Over the long weekend, my sister and her husband came to Shanghai. Now my whole family has been to Shanghai 🙂

The weather was perfect, bright blue skies, 26 degrees and no humidity! That meant we spend a whole day exploring Shanghai on foot, with 27,852 steps to be exact. In the morning, we did a walking tour of the French Concession, including stops at Xintiandi, Fuxing Park and Tianzifang. Despite Thorben’s worries, I didn’t get everyone lost, we arrived at all the planned stops 😉 And because the weather was so lovely, we also went to the Bund and Jing’An Temple in the afternoon.

The rest of their visit was more relaxed with brunches, a trip to the park, dinner and some shopping. Thanks for coming to visit and come back soon! 🙂

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.

Our new neighborhood: Jing’an

Our new neighborhood: Jing’an

Our apartment and its neighborhood

The lease has been signed and if everything goes according to plan, I can already move in this weekend. That leaves some time to prepare everything until our air freight gets here. Once I get the key, I will of course take some pictures of the view from our 17th floor window.

We will be living in a residential area in the city center, you can see it highlighted in the map. The district is called Jing’an and just a little more than 320.000 people live there. Only half the people that live in Stuttgart – but with more than 14 times more people per square kilometer. The apartment is just south of the Yan’an Elevated Road, which is the road that cuts through the southern tip of Jing’an.

That leaves us close to districts like the French Concession or Xintiandi, and very close to sights like the Jing’an temple. In the area around the apartment are many bars and small boutiques were designer sell their own clothes.

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