Long post as usual. 🙂
I went to Shanghai and Hangzhou on a 5 days 4 nights trip (15th September to 20th September 2013) with my ex-classmates of over 2 decades and sister in tow. It was an idea manifested during our Chinese New Year gathering.
The first time I traveled oversea with friends was 7 years ago to Bangkok. The Bangkok trip were quite enjoyable so I thought this one would be alright too except it wasn’t for my case. I didn’t enjoyed much. Either because Shanghai has not much to offer or because my ex-classmate dragged us to shopping malls to shop for her coming winter trip. *Sighhhh… Anyway what’s done is done and lesson learned.
Ever since my horrible experience with Airasia I’m not really fond of traveling with them again unless I have to. And this time I don’t have to. We managed to secure some really cheap seats from MAS. MAS Shanghai return ticket only cost RM1001/pax. Airasia’s Shanghai return is either only cheaper or expensive by few ringgits. So of course we choose MAS.
For Malaysians, you will need visa to visit China and you have 2 options when applying for the visa. Either you go to the Chinese Embassy yourself or apply through travel agent. We apply our visas through travel agents as it’s more convenient.
I thought I was smart by choosing the plane schedule that depart at 1.40am and reach Shanghai at 7.00am (5 hours 20 mins). Seems like a good move right? Sleep in the plane and then touch down and we can have a whole day there. WRONG! I forgot refreshment and meal are served in the plane hence not much sleeping is done. In fact some of us only slept for 1 to 2 hours in the plane. LOL Another lesson learned!
We arrived at Pudong Airport right on the dot. We have a friend living in Shanghai with her husband (another reason why we are visiting Shanghai) and because we need to pass something to her, her husband came to the airport.
We decided to try Shanghai Maglev Train which cost 50 Yuan one way economy. If you show your boarding pass (which we did), you only pay 40 Yuan. Maglev train is special because it uses magnets to propel the train.
Maglev train reaching 301km/h. I thought it would be cool to ride on the Maglev. Well, it feels just like any other trains. The speed when it reached the highest is like normal train speed. LOL Nothing special. So I guess once is enough.
The Maglev Train final destination is at Longyang Road to which we took a metro from there to East Nanjing Road for 4 Yuan. It was quite a long walk to our accommodation (Fish Inn Bund) because we were dragging our baggage so it seems like forever! Been there done that but my precious ex-classmates had not.
We were lucky as our rooms were ready and therefore were able to check-in to our rooms as early as 10am+. Thank you so much!!! You don’t know how tired we were. I’ll write about our hotel in the later post. After some rest, we head out for lunch.
Our lunch at 11.40am is at McDonald’s. Ohmygod the place is packed and so hot. This burger is yin and yang. One is pork burger and the other is chicken burger. I ate the delicious pork burger (with charcoal bun I think). My friend said the chicken burger is yummy too. The menu are all in Chinese so thank God we have a friend who knows how to read Chinese. If I’m just alone with my sis, I’ll just point to what I want. LOL By this time, we were all so TIRED.
The awesome Pudong skyline and landmarks. So beautiful right? On the right most can you see a skyscraper under construction? Known as Shanghai Tower it’s currently the tallest building in China and second tallest in the world. Beside it is the former tallest building in China called Shanghai World Financial Tower which looks like a corkscrew (built by Japanese… ahem that’s why the Chinese wanted another tower to surpass it and call it their own). And on the left most the building that look so futuristic is the Oriental Pearl Tower.
After 2 hours of walking we all gave up! We’ve become walking ZOMBIES. LOL So we decided to hail the City Sightseeing bus and go around Shanghai following the yellow line. It’s 30 Yuan for 24 hours.
We got off from the bus at Peace Hotel and walked back to hotel after that. For dinner, we have a meet up with our friend, her husband and baby son at a restaurant called How Way Restaurant which served mostly Szechuan dishes. As I couldn’t take any spicy dishes, they kindly order other dishes for me. Thanks Q and E! I didn’t take any photos as I was dead tired (just go with the flow baby!) but my friend did. Unless I get the photos from them, I won’t blog about it. The food are delicious by the way and my favorite is the roasted duck dish. We took 2 taxis to and fro the restaurant as there are 5 of us and on the way back, we had a scary encounter with the taxi driver. He was asking all sort of questions like when are we leaving Shanghai, what time are we leaving, blah blah blah. Turns out he wanted to fetch us to airport but still all of us got scared lo. Besides the taxi is very shady and smelly. Yuck.
By this time I think we’ve not slept for nearly 18 hours. Zombies certified!!! Hahahaha
So that’s it for day 1 in Shanghai. 🙂