The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Nighttime On The Bund, Shanghai

Shanghai Museum

Statue In Shanghai Museum

Yuyuan Gardens And Bazaar

Koi Fish At Yuyuan Gardens

FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006. SHANGHAI, CHINA. I arrived at 7 a.m. this morning to a hot and humid Shanghai. The twelve hour non-stop train (Z7 Beijing - Shanghai Express 478 RMB) was perhaps the nicest sleeper train I have been on--a relatively new car, clean and pressed sheets, a/c, quiet, and comfortable. I shared the four bed compartment with a Chinese couple and their granddaughter, and Daniel, a Swiss-Chinese, working in Hong Kong.

I made my way by subway to Captain Hostel, next to the Bund, Shanghai's waterfront. Coincidentally, Wong, a Singaporean I shared a room with in Beijing's Far East International Hostel over two weeks ago before going to Mongolia, was sleeping in my designated bed! Another crazy travellers' reunion.

In the afternoon, I wandered over to the Shanghai Museum, considered one of Shanghai's top attractions. It has the best collection of Chinese art and artifacts spanning most of the whole of China's history: Bronze, pottery, porcelain, paintings, jade, furniture, calligraphy, and much more. A fabulous museum and a definite must-see in Shanghai.

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