we spent just under 24 hours in shanghai. as soon as we got off the bullet train, i could feel the amazing energy of that metropolis. after we checked into our hostel, we went straight to “the bund,” a riverside park with the most incredible views of the shanghai skyline. the bund is such an electric place that is pulsing with life and color. it’s crazy to think that most of those skyscrapers weren’t there twenty years ago! the victorian buildings on the other side of the water are magical all lit up.
the next morning we went for a run through the crowded, exciting streets back to the bund to see the views in the daytime. i love getting a sense for a city on a morning run.
we had some work from back home to get done this day, so our time exploring shanghai was really short. we did enjoy walking around yuyuan gardens and some fun shopping streets in the french concession. we had difficulty finding food that looked appetizing, so we shared an oreo blizzard from dairy queen for lunch :)
^^ google translate on the boy’s phone was well used during our time in china! ^^
^^ we stumbled across this vegetable market. i love this kind of stuff! ^^
our last stop in shanghai was the fabric market - such a cool feast for the eyes. there was every pattern and color you could imagine rolled up in dozens of different shops, both on the street and inside a big mall-type building. the boy was sad that we didn’t have enough time to get some suits custom-made. the prices are amazing!
we took the subway to the train station right at rush hour – so crammed with humanity, we loved it.
and then, we got on our forty seven hour train ride to lhasa. this was the thing ian was looking forward to the very most on the entire trip, so he was pretty giddy when we found our train in the shanghai station. we had stocked up on lots of food for the next two days and we were ready for our adventure into tibet.
thanks for a great day, shanghai!