New China..

Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pre Blog

Leaving behind the rural china we arrive in the modern 21st Century, with modern buildings. We go on a walking tour of historic Shanghai with its deco art buildings and the narrow lanes of the Nongtang and visit the propganda museum for a look at China's revolutionary past.

Live blog

Prompt at 7am we get the wake up call and instantly the whole train starts to eat Chinese versions of pot noodle- they look and smell worse than our versions - 1 billion Chinese and all junk food junkies !!!

We have now been on the train for 11 hours and still 6 to go - yawn. Grandma and grandad are very vocal this morning !

We have just stopped at Nan Jing city - possibly as big as London with more high rise flats than you can count and no British has ever heard of it !! (Apparently the Asian youth games are to be held here, so watch the telly !)

As we travel city after city passes us with very little rural areas - this world is certainly over populated

Please when Harrogate borough council gives planning permission to build on some more green belt land they should be shipped here to look what our future holds - it looks like those futuristic films in Star Wars where the whole planet is covered by high rise buildings - all we need now are flying hover cars !

I have yet to find rural china !

I have just been back reading my previous logs - I apologise for any spelling mistakes, missed letters from words and entirely wrong words replaced by auto correct !!!! I hope you can understand and verbally correct my sentences - if you are having problems - just think what problems we are having !!

Wow what a day - actually we were beginning to get fed up of cities - those that know us, know we hate cities

After a tube ride we arrived at the shanghai equivalent of bond street / Oxford street / Times Square / Leicester square all combined... Very spectacular

After walking down this mile long street we arrived at The Bund. The classic river area with the skyscrapers on the other side including the Pearl tower. It's an impressive view.

After a wander along the front (and a quick cafe stop - happy hour cocktails half price) we went for an hours boat ride down the river with the sun setting the views across the river to the pearl tower and other skyscrapers was really impressive.

The amount of people in this area is quite oppressive - I swear all 1 billion people in china who were recently in Beijing who followed us to X'ian have just followed us here, I hope to temporarily loose them at Guilin no doubt they will catch us up in Hong Kong !!

In the evenings when cars get quieter the roads become walkways with lanes of walking people abiding by tragic lights - it's really weird !

A fabulous end to a very long day... Now where is that bed ! p.s. our air con is working too well here - we have had turn it down - it was like a fridge when we returned !
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Mum and Dad. on

You are wrong! Two British people,namely us, have heard of Nanjing. We stayed there. You are right though- it is enormous! They have done a lot of building in Shanghai opposite the Bund.

Colin Gibbs on

Shanghai was my favourite city.

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