An Amazing City

Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
Trip End Sep 22, 2012

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday 19th September

The first call was to another 'show and sell,' this time a silk factory. From there we went to the

‘Bund’, a very famous area of Shanghai with interesting buildings and a huge walkway overlooking the river and views of the many tall buildings beyond. (High Scrapers – Guide Sharon.)

Next stop to the ‘Old town’ of Shanghai, the Yuan bazaar. Here were traditional Chinese buildings full of markets, traditional handicraft stalls and very, very crowded and very busy and noisy. Before going back to these markets for some ‘free time’ and bargaining shopping we were led through the Yu gardens, a peaceful gathering of traditional Chinese architecture with stone ornaments, small bridges and ponds full of large goldfish. It is said these gardens were the inspiration for willow patterned china.

Back on the bus to cross the great Nanpu Bridge for a tour of the Pudong district, the region put aside in 1990 for redevelopment to entice foreign investment and drive the city into the 21st century. Here we went up the Jin Mao tower, the 2nd tallest building in the world. To the 88th floor in about the same time as it took us to reach the same distance in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai last year, the tallest building in the world. We looked over another sky scraper under construction which we were told will be higher than the Burj, but I see in today’s paper the tallest will be the 1,000 metre Kingdom tower in Jeddah when completed in 2018.

It seems cities love competing for the best, highest and fastest so the next ride was in the Shanghai Magkev train that travels the 45km distance from the central city to the airport in 7 minutes at a speed of 430 kms per hour.

Transport on Shanghai roads is quite something with huge spaghetti junctions up to five stories in some places and although not many bridges there are several tunnels under the river.

It was then back to the hotel for a quick change and to the final dinner. This was at a restaurant in the Yuan area that we had visited previously in the day and is lit splendidly at night. The meal was quite bland but we found out that is typical in the provinces near Shanghai, the more spicy meals we had enjoyed on the tour being typical of areas further north and west. Goodbyes were said in the foyer tonight although we did see some at breakfast the next day as our tour party left for different places around the globe.
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