Shanghai travelogue so far:
Shanghai Day 1: MAS again, Maglev Train, The Bund & Becoming Zombie!
Shanghai Day 2: City God Temple, Zig Zag Bridge at Yu Garden & Xintiandi (Part 1)
Shanghai Day 2: Oriental Pearl Tower, Lujiazui Pedestrian Bridge, The Bund & Pudong Skyline at Night (Part 2)
We’re suppose to visit Hangzhou on day 2 but decided to change to day 3 because we’re worry we won’t be able to recover from our zombie mode! Haha Traveling to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is very easy. All we need is take the metro from East Nanjing Road for 35 minutes.
While we’re trying to figure out how to buy tickets at the lower level of the railway station, we were confronted by several touts and got swayed away for a moment. They told us earlier tickets were all sold out, the latest tickets availability are from noon onwards and so asked us to buy from them and follow their tour. But I figured this can’t be true. There are lots of train to Hangzhou daily plus it’s not holiday season, impossible for the early tickets to be sold out. So we told them off HUNDRED OF TIMES and got back in line. We were able to buy tickets that depart an hour from now. Bear in mind, you need to show your passport while purchasing the train ticket. Fyi, we also bought return tickets as well.
We then proceed to Level 2, the departure hall. We found out there are ticket counters on this level as well.
Our train ticket @ 77.50 Yuan/pax/single trip to Hangzhou at 9.30am via G train which is a fast bullet train that can reach over 350km/h. On the background is our boarding area.
Had the most creative lunch there… bacon spaghetti, pizza and fried bacon rice at Pizza Hut. LOL We also did a little shopping at Gap before proceeding to West Lake which is just a short walk away from the metro.
The first thing we saw was people riding tandem bicycles. Not thinking of the cause and effect, we all agreed to go around the lake in tandem bike. For 5 person renting 2 tandem bikes for 2 hours cost 100 Yuan (after bargaining with them) with 200 Yuan deposit.
This is me and sis in twin bike while my 3 friends took the 3 seating one. Well, it was HORROR from the start. I knew how to cycle but my sis don’t. Somehow I have a very difficult time balancing the bicycle. My friends too! In addition to that, we have cars, other bicycles, buggies and people walking to take care off. We were so noisy. What got my balancing act together was when my sis kept telling me “Balance, balance… yeah you can do it”. HAHAHA In the end, we all only lasted for 1/2 hour. LOL LOL LOL But it was pure bliss, fun and joy… and tiredness. Ha!
After surrendering the tandem bikes, we choose this buggy as the mode of transportation. We realized West Lake is just too large to walk. This is the best choice. The buggy will stop at several attractions along the way, so you need to inform the driver where you want to go. We made 2 stops at first which cost 10 Yuan per pax. Later we took the remaining distance all the way to our starting point which cost 40 Yuan per pax. So total is 60 Yuan per pax. If we go the round trip without stopping (about an hour ride), the cost is 40 Yuan per pax only.
Once we reached Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, we had our dinner there at another fast food restaurant recommended by my friend called Chan Kung Fu (真功夫 aka Real Kung Fu). It was delicious but very oily. Then we went shopping at East Nanjing Road again. Can you believe it? Haha
Stay tuned for day 4.