Adam and Katie's great adventure 2017 travel blog

YuYuan gardens

Adams favourite snack!

HSBC ceiling

Pudong skyline by day

Our first and last beer in China

Following long queues and a quick train back to Shanghai we wanted to make the most of the short time we had here before leaving for Hong Kong.

We checked into a nice hotel in a residential neighbourhood and had a quick walk around the local area. There were a number of eateries but one in particular took our fancy as it sold a local snack which Adam used to eat when he lived in Beijing. This became breakfast for the next two days!

We decided to go to YuYuan gardens. They were beautiful and so was the surroundings with lots of little shops in traditional looking buildings. We decided to make our escape however as the place was heaving and walked to the Bund again. In the day time there are far less people and we had an uninterrupted view of the skyline which was very impressive. We also visited the original HSBC building on the Bund itself which had an amazing painted ceiling and the bank itself (although no longer an HSBC branch) was very traditional looking.

We then took a train to the Pudong area which is the main financial district. We marvelled at all the modern skyscrapers before heading back to other side of the river. From here we decided to visit two traditional areas of the city in the French Concession. They consisted of narrow, winding alleyways with all sorts of food being prepared and souvenirs being offered.

We decided to have a beer in one of the areas before heading back to our hotel for our last night in mainland China.

Overall the heat, accompanied with it being summer holidays was a little too much to take in, however we are both very excited about what is next to come, Hong Kong and then Japan!

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