Scared of heights? Me? Pah!

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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City Centre Hostel

Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Friday, April 30, 2010

I hadn't slept.  One of the problems with a dorm room, despite it being cheap, is that you have to consider other people and allow them to get a good nights sleep.  So much so I'd spent the night reading in reception, wandering the corridors and standing under a really hot shower at 4am.  My 'cough' is more like a bark and as soon as I put my head down in bed it gets decidedly worse. 

If I'd been at home I'd have been content on the sofa watching the middle of the night repeat of Jeremy Kyle or 60 minute makeover, its times like this that you miss home.  So, as soon as the shops opened and we had had breakfast Andrew and I went in search of a pharmacy to get some crazy Chinese medicine.  We found one and had to ask one of the staff what was for a cough, in Chinglish.  Andrew told me I'd have to suffer in silence when we thought the figure she typed in on the calculator was 172 pounds but in fact it was 1.72 pounds

When everyone had got up I managed to have a bit of a sleep and felt a bit better so we decided to go to Pudong to scale the dizzy heights of The Shanghai World Financial Centre (1614.2ft).  The building has the highest observation deck in the world at 1555ft above ground level and it is the tallest building in China and the third tallest in the world.  The hotel (Park Hyatt Shanghai) housed within part of it is apparently the highest hotel in the world.  Just a few facts for you there.  Now, what of Andrew's fear of heights you may ask?  Well he never lets that stand in the way of a good P.O.I.  It was 15 pounds each to get in and the lift to the top resembled a space ship with strange lights and music, I went deaf at I dont know what floor (the lift travels at 8 metres per second) and didn't get it back until we had come down. 

Andrew did us all proud despite skulking around the lift for a while.  It took a bit of persuasion to get him to walk over the glass floor but he did it and we got a picture to prove it!  We hung around until sunset to get a view when all the lights came on and it was amazing.  I was feeling very spaced out from the Chinese medicine that I was dosed up on it was all a bit mental.  Being able to look down on the TV Tower was increadible though.  We had heard that there was going to be fireworks near the river tonight as it was the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Expo so after a bit of food we made our way down to the rivers edge looking out over the Bund.  The crowds were huge and we had to fight out way through the hoards of people to get a half decent view (though we didn't know where the fireworks would be coming from as it was apparently top secret).

We hung around for ages waiting and eventually they started and everybody screamed and ran to get a better view.  Unfortunately they were so far away that we could only see the top of the fireworks but it was a spectacle all the same.  The fireworks were concluded by the T.V Tower igniting and exploding a shower of light everywhere (that we did get a good view of).  Walking back Andrew had a baby flung in his arms by some Chinese people wanting a picture.  I told him that years from now the child was going to be shown the picture and told "Son this is your father"  and then he'd be in real trouble. 

We took the metro back to the hostel and got dtuck in the worst crush that I have ever been in, there could have been real trouble.  We were on a full train when we came to the next stop and people just surged on, children and women were screaming and everyone was getting crushed it was really dangerous.  Back at the hostel the others had a few beers and I dosed myself up on the medicine before bed and hoped that tonight I would be able to sleep as Andrews Shaghai Birthday Celebrations needed to be done justice to.   
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