I traveled with a colleague from work that was born in Shanghai so I had my own personal tour guide/translator! I would have had trouble getting around and communicating with out her. Our hotel in Shanghai was right next to the TV Tower which was the tallest structure in China until 2007. The second ball in the tower is a revolving restaurant overlooking The Bund. The weather was overcast and dreary so my pictures don't do the area justice. The view from the TV Tower must be amazing when the weather is clear.
|The TV Tower|
|Dreary day with low clouds made for bad pictures|
|Looking down at our hotel from the restaurant in the TV Tower|
|I was standing on a glass floor looking down about 500 feet|
In the morning we took a tram under the river and walked around the Bund area.
|Looking back across the river|
|Crappy day so it wasn't too crowded|
|Statute of an old mayor|
After walking around The Bund, we went to Yu Garden and did some shopping. We also ate at a famous bun restaurant. Again, it was great having a colleague fluent in Chinese to show me around. I'm not much of a shopper (hate it actually :-)), but had fun walking around seeing what goods were for sale. One of the coolest things we did was sampled different Chinese teas at a little sampling table in one of the stores. I bought some Jasmine tea and Oolong tea. I guess I need to start drinking tea now :-).
|entrance to the shopping area|
|can you spot the tired American?|
|Starbucks, KFC, Subway and McDonald's have a decent presence|
|restaurant we ate lunch in|
|my colleague at the tea table|
Sunday evening we left for the city we had business meetings in. Interesting that it's common not to have heat in Shanghai. Many apartment building had lots of windows open even though it was 40 degrees and raining. The company we did business with didn't have heat either. The conference room we met in had one small space heater. When I pulled out some wool socks during the meeting, they went and got more heaters :-). I was freezing until they did that.
One the way back, we flew out through Beijing. I'll save those pics for another post.