After our amazing 2 days trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge we had a decision to make; where to from here? The winning destination was …. Shanghai.
We caught an overnight train from Lijiang back to Kunming and the caught a flight to Shanghai. Arriving in the bustling city we caught the MTR to the city and made our way to our hotel. We had booked the FX Hotel online and scored an awesome price as it was in a fantastic location.
After check-in we headed out for a walk. We quickly fell in love with the shopping, mango smoothies and delicious food on offer.
For dinner we decided to do a dumpling tasting. We purchased some fried dumplings and some steamed – which tasted better? Ask Duane and he says Steamed, however Kim could not get enough of the fried dumplings!
During our 4 days in Shanghai we really just chilled out, caught the MTR to different areas of the city and contemplated visiting many attractions and then decided not to. It was our last proper stop before we started our upcoming Intrepid Tour which was bound to be busy so all we really wanted to do was relax.
We did make our way to the Financial building where you can head up to the 100th floor to get a view of the city from above. When we arrived we were disappointed to see that the sign showing the visibility from the top read ‘extremely poor’. Hmmmmm Lets just say we aren’t stupid enough to pay $50 just to go to the top of a building when you can’t even see anything! So our attempt at doing something ‘touristy’ went out the window and we went back to strolling the streets …
We did however manage to visit People’s Square, People’s Park and the Shanghai Museum – all of which were fantastic. We got the audio tour at the Shanghai Museum which we found was worth every dollar as without it we would not have had any idea what we were looking at and would have been extremely bored (no offence Shanghai Museum!). We aren’t exactly museum people or history buffs so with the addition of the audio tour we spent 3 hours strolling the museum learning so much and actually understanding what we were seeing. We must admit we skipped the last few stops as we were ‘done’ but overall 3 hours in a museum for us is a great achievement.
We visited the French Concession District where there were tree lined streets, funky boutiques and awesome cafes. We even spoilt ourselves by getting a 1 hour massage for $25!
During one of the days we made our way to a mall to keep up with our ‘dumpling discovery’. We had been looking forward to this part of Shanghai for a long time …. Ever since we enjoyed our first Din Tai Fung Dumplings whilst in Sydney on our honeymoon in 2009. We headed for Din Tai Fung in Shanghai! It was a fantastic experience and although a little above our usual meal allowance it was worth every cent!
We also spent a night at the Shanghai Acrobat Show which was fantastic – we scored great seats and really enjoyed seeing an acrobat show in China. Another highlight to our evening at the acrobats was the cafe we discovered for dinner – Blue Frog. An awesome cafe chain (also have one in Beijing and Macau) that does fantastic burgers, Greek Salads and Bruchetta! We were craving some western food and couldn’t get enough of the stuff Blue Frog were serving up! To top it off there was a fantastic barman who made us delicious Sour Apple Martini’s and a nightcap espresso Martini!
Although we didn’t do too much in Shanghai we really loved the city – it has a fantastic vibe and the skyline is amazing. We headed down to the waterfront where there is a fantastic walking path with great views on offer too.
Overall the highlight was the food and shopping. If you ever visit Shanghai the fried dumplings are an absolute must and a visit to Din Tai Fung is worth adding to the ‘to do’ list also. We loved the city and found it very ‘holiday friendly’. So many things you can do and see with a fantastic train network to get you there. Or, if your like us and just want to walk the streets in the different areas of the city and eat the amazing food on offer – you can do that too!