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Shanghai, China

Cocktails with a view

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We flew from Beijing to Shanghai and arrived at our hostel at 1am...I'm now starting to get really tired from our busy travelling schedule in China. We have both agreed that after Istanbul in October we're going to start taking things a lot slower. Jason was not impressed with Spring Airlines...he'd bought a large bottle of gin and had put it in his hold luggage and they said he couldn't take it on the plane...this was a new rule to us and none of the information signs had anything about this on either. He was gutted!

Sightseeing time. There's an area of Shanghai called the French Concession and it's very busy, trendy, filled with boutique shops, bars and restaurants. We spent the morning just wandering around the area, general people watching and grabbed a huge burger...delicious! We were both really tired and flagging, so went back to our room for a well needed afternoon nap. Feeling revitalised, we went for a walk along the famous Shanghai riverfront, the Bund, at night and the Pudong skyline really was spectacular. The Oriental Pearl Tower is the iconic tripod structure that takes pride of place and then there's the Jinmao Tower too that are illuminated in a changing aray of colours. There's also a new skyscraper being built too that looks like its going to tower over all of them in the future.

We ate at a local Chinese restaurant for our evening meal because we felt guilty that we'd had a burger earlier. It consisted of sizzling beef and oyster greens with rice. It was nice,but Jason was even more impressed that there was a local bakery that only sold Portuguese custard tarts that he loved when we were on honeymoon there. I lost count how many he had.

We had a really chilled day in Shanghai on our last day. For anybody that skyped us on that afternoon you will know that we spent it taking advantage of the happy hour in a bar we found. It was buy on get one free...who could resist?! Plus they served amazingly huge pizzas. As it was nearly our 2nd year anniversary we decided to treat ourselves to a drink with a view at night...the 87th floor of the Jinmao Tower, Cloud9 bar. It was simply spectacular...the other buildings looked like toy houses they were that far away. I had a lychee margarita and Jason had a Manhattan...I thought it was worth every penny. It's worth knowing that the Cloud9 bar is there as it was £16 for two cocktails in a beautiful bar on the 87th floor rather than paying £12 each to go to the observation deck on the 88th floor. It was a perfect end to our 5 weeks in China.

Posted by bloorsontour 00:37 Archived in China

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As one of the people who skyped you in that bar, we can vouch for the fact that you were well "chilled"! Completing your China travels seems like a bit of a milestone. Looking forward to the next chapters. Lots of love, xxxxx

by Ma and Pa

Been there,got that t-shirt! Glad to see you looking so well.Lovexx

by wrinklies

You are certainly having a lot of varied experiences. This one is certainly up my street! Lots of love xxx

by Mutsi

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