"Exploring Shanghai, China" Shanghai Things to Do Tip by bubut
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June 6, 2008 Friday ? arrived in Shanghai China
Manila to Shanghai China took 2 hours and 45 minutes. The tour guide, Jack Ou, said it will take 10hrs going to Beijing or Xiamen if we go by train.
1. From Pudong (PVG) International Airport, we rode a van to Express by Holiday Inn in Putuo Shanghai. It was a one-hour drive. There were many old 60+ Europeans on tour.
2. Search the internet and found PC Mall (thought it has cheap pc parts, saw phones that has the same price in manila), took the taxi for 35 yuan. The driver dropped us off digital plaza, unfortunately it has closed by 19:30. We walked from Caoxi Rd Station to PC Mall near Shanghai Indoor Stadium S then to a mall in Xuihui, which is full of branded items. Just bought a sandal for 39 yuan.
3. We road the metro line station 4 in Shanghai Indoor Stadium 21:30 and got off at Caoyang Rd Station for only 4 yuan. We followed the street signs and asked for directions. It was hard communicating with the locals.
4. From Caoyang S. we walked going to Wuning Rd, we asked a street vendor and went back to the opposite direction to Caoyang Rd->Jiangsu Rd. We walked and passed by Baiyu Rd, Puxiong Rd & Tanjiadu Rd (bus drives this street). We reached the intersection and asked a man walking his dog though we cannot understand each other he lead us to the hotel 22:30. We walked for 1 hour along the way and bought noodles for 5 yuan.
5. Our room was nice, it only lacks a bathtub. The view is the Suzhou River. I used the free WiFi through my cellphone to access the internet and search for travel advices in Shanghai. Shanghai is the finance center of China.
June 7, 2008 Saturday
Jack Ou, our tour guide gave us a day tour in Shanghai. Our first stop is the Xiantiandi, it looks like a small Eastwood City.
Our second stop is in the Jade Factory. The lady explained the processing of Jade jewelry and the differences in kind and quality. We bought a beautiful set of Jade afterwards. We then had our lunch in a Thai restaurant. The food was sweet and sour. Our third stop is the Bund. We walked around and viewed the area. Our fourth and last stop is the silk factory. A lady gave us a detailed walkthrough of silk development, extraction, and process.
We then went to the hotel afterwards and rested. In the afternoon we went to the famous Nanjing Road and did some window-shopping. The prices were the same in Manila and are not cheap. We followed the peddler and checked out the private home shops and found cheap buys but were not interested because the items displayed were few.
We went to Dragonfly Spa for a 2 hour massage and met another Filipina having her massage as well. It was a good yet affordable spa.
June 8, 2008 Sunday
We went to the Xiantiandi and roam around. We ate together with the locals at a Chinese restaurant and pointed at the noodles and chicken we wanted to eat. The waitresses and employees does not know how to speak in English and we communicated by sign language.
In the afternoon I slept and rested. My companion went on to visit the PC Mall and other nearby malls. She found computer items, cellphones, and other gadgets of the same price in Manila. She bought an 8 gig MP4 ipod lookalike for a good price.
I bought packed noodles to bring home, the only cheap items I was interested in buying. We packed our stuff that night.
June 9, 2008 Monday
Jack accompanied us to Pudong International Airport. We ate our lunch in a building in front of the airport. We wandered in the Pudong duty free shops and bought some chocolates. We then waited for our flight back Manila.
If you want a taste of China in a safe yet a little expensive tour then Shanghai is for you. There are only retail shops and lots of malls. It is another face of China, which shows few traditional Chinese ways and a rapid city development.
If you want wholesale and cheap buys then this tour is not for you.
Address: Shanghai, China
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