Spending Christmas in Shanghai
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
70Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Where I stayed
The Phoenix Hostel
Forrest and I got off line 2's Hengshan station and began to wander aimlessly about. Our objective after exploring the French Concession was to end up at the Indian restaurant we had spotted the previous night. We started off by heading south and found ourselves near Xujiahui park
Forrest and I quickly ordered up our Indian dishes while the others began to finish up their morning activities. Liz had met with her Shanghai relatives and received a copy of her family tree which dated back several generations. Stacey and Dee met us at the restaurant a little while later after having the morning to relax and to recuperate. Liz already had lunch with her relatives, a meal which included Shanghai's famous hairy crabs. I was moronic enough to have the Chicken Madras which engulfed my entire mouth in a flaming sensation of pain.
After lunch we walked north towards Jing'an Park. I recalled a bar called Bali Laguna in this exact park four years ago and indeed we found it. Unfortunately, the bar was closed for renovations so we walked along the pathway lined with curious little statues. After exiting the park, we were presented with a golden temple which I had no recollection of four years ago. Apparently the entire area had been revamped and remade into a commercial district. Next to the Jing'an Temple was a upscale mall complete with Christmas decorations. Outside of the temple was a metallic sculpture of Santa Claus and his reindeer pal
To kill some time, we went inside the mall and lounged on the extremely comfortable massage chairs. Forrest and I were mesmerized by a certain clock which its defining feature was the whole clock ticking back and forth while the hands stood in place. Jeff would soon met up with us as he took the subway over to Pudong and did some electronics shopping in that area of Shanghai. Once he had returned he entered the Jing'an Temple and snapped up some shots of the temple for us while we continued to lounge in the massage chairs.
We left Jing'an and entered Shanghai's Raffles City near People's Park. We experience a massive Christmas crowd of shoppers within the multi-storey mall itself. We retreated to the lower level and purchased some piping hot egg tarts. Once again, I remembered these specific egg tarts as they were so hot and fresh they did not have time to solidify to its normal appearance. As a result, I burnt the inside of my mouth a bit and retreated back to hostel to rest up a bit before meeting with some of our Beijing friends who made the trip down to Shanghai.
We were unable to meet Paulina for dinner but instead ate dinner next door to our hostel
We received the directions to the club from Xixi and set forth by taking two cabs, Jeff did not take part as he was not feeling well from the night before. We arrived at Muse and got down to partying for the rest of the night. We met some of Xixi's friends from Shanghai and from all over the place. Our table was located in an awkward location behind the dance floor and required some effort to reach but was suitable for our large group. We quickly got down with the introductions and our evening of partying began.