From Beijing we traveled south to the city of Shanghai by bullet train to enjoy China’s countryside. Running at an average of 300 kph it only took 5.5 hours from Beijing South Terminal to Shanghai Hongqiao.
The following day we began our tour by going around Huangpu-Pudong aboard the Big Bus. Although the package is not cheap it was rather more practical than taking subways. The tour bus has drop-off and pick-up stations all over downtown.
Plus the open-air upper deck is more fun to explore the city.
Our first stop – The Bund, the most popular tourist spot. Across the Huangpu river is the magnificent Pudong skyline.
The entire stretch of The Bund runs parallel to the old business district filled with beautiful colonial buildings.
Although very much freezing, Huangpu river cruise was a perfect itinerary for a romantic night. Sparkling, lively lights dazzled on both banks of the river.
The following day we visited the five century-old, yet exquisite Yu Garden. The well-designed pavilions, bridges, ponds and boulders of rocks add to the glamour of the garden’s landscape.
Xintiandi, literally translates to “new heaven and earth,” is a modern lifestyle district. The traditional Shanghainese architectural style shikumen creates a relaxing atmosphere to shop around as well as for dining indoor and outdoor.
It’s not what it looks like. I’ve done this long time ago and she already said yes!
At first glance it would appear to be a giant dim sum bamboo steamer. That is the Shanghai Museum located at People’s Square. It houses some vast collection of ancient Chinese art.
And finally, what could there be better to see aside from Shanghai’s main shopping street? Nanjing Road has many department stores and one of the famous places to buy souvenirs and food to bring home.
On the way to Pudong International Airport Terminal we tried one of the latest transportation technologies – the Maglev. A train system running on tracks not by wheels but by magnetic levitation.