16.05.2017 - 17.05.2017
Internet is very tricky at the moment. I did try to post last night but it looks like it didn't work.
We arrived late into Shanghai as we had to divert due to a storm. The whole trip was about 12 hours and I did manage to watch 3 movies and had a few naps along the way as well. Customs was quick but the luggage took ages. The trip from the airport to the hotel took about 40 mins and the views along the way were amazing. So many bright lights and things to see.
After getting to bed at 1.30am (Brisbane time - 2 hours ahead of here) we were up early for breakfast. It was a mixture of Eastern and Western foods - all great. Tomorrow I'm going to try dried snail and some green noodle dish - not sure what it's called - wish me luck.
We left the hotel at 8.15am and returned at 9.45pm. What a day!!
Our first stop was the Oriental Pearl Tower where the elevator went up 7 metres per second. The first observation deck was over 300 metres high. The views were spectacular. We then went down to the next deck which had a transparent deck. As some of you know I've got a great fear of heights so Cheryl did her best to get me out on the deck but there was no way. Along comes Betty a lovely 86yo lady in our group grabbed me by the hand and off we went. Such a dear little Scottish lady.
Next stop was lunch at a local restaurant on the Bubd. We tried all kinds of different food which was wonderful. We then went for a walk along the Bund before returning to the bus to head to a Silk Factory. The silks were beautiful and we got to see how a silk doona (duvet) is made. The silk from 1 cocoon makes 1 layer of a doona - simply amazing.
We then walked through a bazaar to the Yu Gardens. They were beautiful and the Koi were huge. After the garedens we went to the French Qyarter and enjoyed a wine and a cocktail all for the sum of $14.50 - thank you happy hour! We then went to Najing Road for a quick window shop before heading to dinner. Another amazing meal and then off to an acrobatic show which was incredible.
The city of Shanghai is home to around 24 million people - which is around the total population of Australia! Bikes and scooters everywhere - crazy!
Water Town tour tomorrow and then Shanghai by night.
More when we can.
Janelle & Cheryl