Our trip around China travel blog


Left Hangzhou by fast train to Shanghai, a one hour journey at 292 kilometers per hour. Passed green countryside, market gardens and continuous housing. Arrived in Shanghai around lunchtime and spent the rest of the day shopping - went by subway and a 'motorised rickshaw' - an experience - where we met a scout who took us through various shopping centres, up and down stairs until we finally reached the cheap and genuine fake stores where Max bought a golf club hidden in a ladies formal ware shop behind the dresses. Malcolm bought Rolex watches. We walked down the main street to the Bund - guite an experience, shoulder to shoulder crowds all kept on the footpaths by soldiers and police stopping anyone venturing onto the road. Nevertheless, Malcolm managed to buy himself a toy. Needed a Great Wall red wine for happy hour and then we ventured out by subway again which travelled under the Huang Pu River to the Pu Dong area where the Oriental Pearl Tower is located. At 468 meters it is the highest TV tower in Asia. Enjoyed spectacular views of the night lights of the beautiful buildings and the boats on the water that were all lit up with changing coloured lights. Did not enjoy being jammed together when exiting which seemed to take forever - very claustrophobic and hot. Spent the last day in Shanghai doing the last of our shopping which entailed a tout taking us down back streets in the Chinese areas. That night, saw city lights from different venue on the opposite side of the river. Could not put up with those crowds again! Next stop Hong Kong.

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