Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sweet Shanghai

After spending a few days in Beijing, we rode China's new high speed train to Shanghai. The old train takes 10 hours to travel there but with the new high speed train, it only took us 5 hours to Shanghai Hongquiao Railway Station. Travel time was cut in half. Talk about efficiency!

Behind me is China's new high speed train

We stayed at Rock and Wood International Youth Hostel, also booked from the ever reliable Hostelworld. It's a bit far from the center of Shanghai but is located near two subway stations. Subway is the most efficient way of traveling in Shanghai. It's fast, it's cheap and it's easy to know your way around the city. Also compared to Beijing, a lot of people can speak in English.

We were impressed with the hostel's facilities. Everything was clean and well organized. They have lots of reading materials, guitars and a billiard table too!
Entrance to Rock and Wood International Youth Hostel
Rock & Wood's Main Area
Rock & Wood's activity area
This lounge area is a nice place to read a book or drink a bottle or two with friends
Rock & Wood's Koi pond provides a zen atmosphere.
We chose a private room during our stay here in Rock & Wood. 

A view of the main area at night

We decided to be a little touristy and went 300 feet up the Orient Pearl TV Tower.

A view of The Bund on the other side of Huangpu River from the top of the Orient Pearl TV Tower

Mike is equipped with all the courage to step on the glass flooring.

A view of the city below the glass bottom floor.

Then we went to look for a Din Tai Fung so I can have a taste of their black truffle xiao long bao (small steamed buns) which was highly recommended by my cousin Ria

Din Tai Fung is an award-winning restaurant that originated from Taiwan specializing in dumplings specifically their xiao long bao.

Black Truffle Xiao Long Bao

Yum! Btw, notice a Mandarin phrase book on my left side? It'll come very handy. I promise!

After a hearty lunch of noodles and dumplings we walked around a little more in the Pudong area then we transferred to the other side of the Huangpu River to see The Bund.

Our photo taken in front of The Bund
The Bund has dozens of historical buildings that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the UK, France, US etc. 

Lighting gives a dramatic effect over the buildings

Took a photo of Pudong (Shanghai's Financial District) on the other side of the Huangpu River while we were at The Bund side.

Nanjing Road at night, Shanghai's shopping district

I heart Shanghai! It's like Hong Kong only bigger. =)

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