Continuation from Shanghai Day 1: MAS again, Maglev Train, The Bund & Becoming Zombie!
Day 2 is the day where I felt like I’m following a tour group instead of backpacker schedule. We were whisked here and there at full speed by one of our friend who had visited Shanghai previously. Suggestion made were thrown into rubbish bin just like that. Also we were caution by her not to eat street foods as the oil used are very dirty and unhygienic. Some sellers get their oils from the drain!!! So I get the feeling I will get to sample lots of fast food joints during this trip. 😉
Because we were living like a zombie the previous day, we decided to take it easy and wake up late. By 9.30am we were out of the door with a game plan at hand. We took the City Sightseeing Bus again which drop us right in front of City God Temple.
Ob board the City Sightseeing bus. I think this is clever way to absorb Shanghai! Sure subway is cheaper but you won’t get to see the people, architecture and environment on street level.
Sichuan road in Shanghai. Would have love to explore these shops by foot.
When you pay 30 Yuan for the ticket card of 24 hour ride, you get a brochure and earphones too. Plug ’em at the slot in the picture and you get to listen to the history of the attractions and so on. Really good.
Entrance ticket (10 Yuan) to City God Temple… to the temple itself… which literally took us 5 minutes to see the whole thing. LOL Why can’t I hung out longer? Because the others are waiting already. Ok. So what’s the next agenda?
Then we waited over half an hour for our friends to do some ‘Loh Hon Pan’ aka Shanghai Bund shooting. Yup they geared up wearing cheongsam, siting in a richshaw with old Bund backdrop. I didn’t do it because I don’t want to wear the same clothes worn by many others. Dirty… yuck! Haha Next we were all complaining of being hungry since it’s nearly 1pm. I was expecting to be brought to McDonalds but ended up at a restaurant called He Feng Lou. Read my review of He Feng Lou here.
Next they went on looking for pearl powder and finally get it done at a government run pharmacy. Quite an eye-opener. I did some shopping too; bought 5-spice nuts, magnet and Longjing tea. Longjing tea is actually a local product of Hangzhou but I read good quality ones are sold in big city whereas the not so good one remain in Hangzhou. Therefore I bought the tea in Shanghai.
On that morning itself, I told them I wanted to visit Yu Garden for its osmanthus flower which is in season. Osmanthus flower give off a really nice perfume-y smell. Yu Garden is just beside City God Temple but what I got is a brief visit to the Zig Zag bridge near Yu Garden. Nope I didn’t voice it out at that point because I wanted to see to what extent it will go. I want to read people’s heart.
We went back to the stop and waited for the sightseeing bus. While waiting we stopped at McDonalds for the ice-cream and H&M nearby. Apparently international brands are expensive here but that doesn’t stop us from getting something. Haha Our next stop is Xintiandi (新天地).
Shanghainese’s hobby: Sitting by the roadside in a group. Really! I saw this lots of time near our accommodation. They have tea, alcohol and nuts. Chit-chatting or play card games I guess. This one is from the bus.
I stop here for part 1 of day 2 or else my post title will run very long!