We had a few options in mind about where to go next, (for Andrew's birthday), but as this weekend is of course the bank holiday everywhere seems booked up or extra busy
. We wanted to go to a beautiful mountain about 3 hours away but it would be packed so we have decided to stay put in Shanghai (it had all started to feel a bit planes, trains and automobiles recently anyway). The Shanghai Expo starts on Saturday but tickets are sold out for the first few days so we are hoping to catch that later in the week. Andrew and Rorie played a bit of pool while I got stalked by an annoying and rather scary American then we all had tea and decided to put a foot out of the door and take in Shanghai's famous 'Bund' by night.
The Bund is a stretch of land on the embankment of the Huangpu river facing Pudong (the famous new financial district on the other side) where the beautiful buildings used to be home to banks, consulates, newspapers and bars and hotels. It used to be a British settlement and one famous 'gentlemans club' there did not allow 'women or Chinese'. It was said to house the longest bar in the world where Captains of Industry would seat themselves according to rank along the bar (the higher, the closer to the window for a better view).
It was so crowded when we got there, but then it is one of Shanghai's main tourist sights, but it was amazing. Pudong was alight with so many coloured lights it was spectacular
. We tried to get some good snaps but couldnt capture it all fully. We spent about an hour just wandering around taking everything in then it got a bit too chilly for us, despite having on four layers (but we did have flip flops on) so we decided to go back to the hostel in a taxi. Back at the hostel bar we had a beer and cooed over a gorgeous miniature poodle called Coco with the fluffiest fur(just like Teddy from Xi'an but much smaller). Rorie and Emer decided that they would get one when they got home (they are that gorgeous).
Andrew got up extra early today, even despite the previous days shenanigans and a late night, out of the four of us he was the only one who made the free breakfast 7.30-8.30am. Make of that what you will. When I arrived downstairs at 10am he was catching up on the blog as we had let things slide a bit due to extreme travelling and lack of internet connection. We hung around the hostel for most of the day, the blog took ages and we were trying to decide what we wanted to do after Shanghai. The hostel is really nice with a huge bar, big screen T.V, loads of computers, hot powerful showers and the four person dorm that we are all sharing is lovely. I had a late breakfast with Rorie and Emer whilst Andrew carried on typing and uploading photos, (it was his turn).