Shanghai is a vibrant modern city and so there’s so much to see, do and eat! Plus it was so nice to find somewhere with some warm sunshine which made a massive difference!
On the first day we had some free time to have a wonder around and saw a few malls and People’s Square (a park in the centre of town).
On our little route around Nici, Tom and I found a little coffee shop called See What CafEX and we were drawn in by the fact that this place served toasties – we were massively missing cheese!!!! I also ordered a Raspberry Mocha which is officially my new favourite hot drink.
That afternoon we visited the properganda museum then went to a food hall for lunch – this was the moment that confirmed that this was a brilliant place to live. It was the highlight of my day – there was just so much good food!!!! All the exercise I’m getting is seriously not making up for the consumption of food.
We then visited another market (more shopping) – the only way I can describe it is that it was a Chinese Camden. It was very cool, easy to get lost in and sold lots of trendy things that no one really needs.
That evening we went on a big organised pub crawl which costs each of us £16 – with this being the most expensive activity of the trip we had big expectations and we were all looking forward to a night out! Within the cost of the ticket there were lots of drinks and shots throughout the night and a party coach to take us from bar to bar.
Each club very different and somewhat surreal. The last one we ended up in just killed the evening – it’s Shanghai Fashion Week so I think all the ‘cool kids’ were out as every table was a VIP table with champagne and bouncers lurking everywhere. When I lost everyone in the club one bouncer didn’t take to kindly to me jumping up on a table and jumping from one to the next doing an ostrich pose in order to find people. He then attempted to remove me from the club til I somehow managed to cry on que – he then rushed off to get me some tissues and became my bodyguard for the rest of the evening. Nice guy! But I clearly needed to call it a night.
The next day after a lay in Nici, Tom and I dragged ourselves out of bed and back to See What CafEX for the exact same order as the previous day. What I really liked about this was for a split second it felt like this was my life, my home and this was my local café – it’s interesting how it such a short space of time how close we’re all getting. It was nice to relax and reflect on the crazy night before.
That day we once again went for a wonder around YuYuan bizarre and also saw more of the amazing skyscrapers around the city. There’s just so much to see and I know we could have spent a week or so getting lost around the city. I genuinely do not know why more people don’t come to places like Shanghai – from the pictures I’ve seen of Dubai and my memory of New York this city just tops it!
The following morning we were due to depart Shanghai at 8.30am, but Nici and I really wanted to see the main view in the day so we made the effort to get up early. Sadly a bit of a cast over morning but still worth seeing!