Goodbye Shanghai... hello Hangzhou

Trip Start Oct 27, 2008
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Trip End Oct 27, 2009


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Mingtown Garden International Hostel

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Sam:  Ni hao! Sorry its been a while. I got a cold in Shaghai that turned into a chest infection so the for most of the time i was miserable. Being sick away from home is so much worse. But im all better now so no worries! Shanghai is HUGE!!! I felt like a tramp walking the streets full of loaded western suits and very glamourous chinese people. A vey built up city that boasts some of the tallest buildings in the world (we went up the 3rd tallest in the world), as well as some seriously expensive bars and restaurants. Needless to say we were a bit out of place! We did get dolled up one night though and spent a small fortune (for china) having a pizza expess (lush!) watching new james bond- with scenes cut out (no idea why?!) and in a jazz and blues club (My mojito was 10quid!). The best part of Shanghai was for sure, the designer fakes at cheap cheap prices. Highly illegal of course! We took full advantage and got a bit carried away. I now own a gucci bag, prada glasses and a chloe purse. To purchase these goods you get led from the main high street (Full of real gucci etc etc shops) to a back alley, though another alley to sometimes a house, sometimes a shop then behind a hidden door that looked like a bookcase into huge rooms full of every single designer item you can imagine. And the quality is amazing, i spied my bag in the real gucci shop and there are no differences! We are now in Hangzhou, just 2 hours from Shanghai for some R&R and to save some money. Its beautiful here and peaceful, very welcome after a crazy manic Shanghai! I was counting on doing some washing here because i have no clean clothes left, except a bikini. But their washing machine is broken. So i am currently walking around in filthy clothes! We are leaving saturday night for Macau. We presumed we would be able to get a train (Takes about 30 hours) but apparantely not! There just arent any trains and no-one can explain why?!? So we are flying to a town very close to Hong Kong then getting a boat to Macau. We are sleeping in the airport as are flight is at 7am and we'll save on a nights accomodation. 2 nights in Macau (apparantely chinas las vegas but you never can tell in this country) Then the rest of the time in Hong Kong before flying to Bangkok on the 29th. 

Giles:  So, Shanghai.   Brilliant place, loved it, expensive though in places, the places we went two nights running!  But Pizza Express was worth it, and the live entertainment the following night was funky too - a big black lady with an amazing voice in a jazz and blues club!  So now we're counting our pennies.  Luckily we got hold of our fake things before we decided to pull the purse strings, Sam already mentioned her bags and purses, and I got hold of an Omega watch (James Bond style no less) for 20 quid - identical to the one in the official Omega store which was priced at 3500 quid!  Was also told it was made using a proper Swiss machine...  whether or not I believe that is one thing, but I was impresed she knew it's a Swiss make!

Now in Hangzhou, attempting for some relaxing times but getting nowhere fast - firstly this keyboard's R and N don't work properly so it's hellish writing this, secondly the staff aren't too helpful with no idea about trains leaving this place and they refused to speak to places in <Macau for us for booking our next place.  But we got there in the end, the internet is a useful tool!  Just booked a place in Macau for a couple of nights, then four in Hong Kong as it's cheaper (hostels don't exist in Macau).  And the drawback for no trains is that we have to fly from here to a port near Macau - expensive even with an 80% discount, but a bunch of trains from here, back to Shanghai, switching somewhere else would have been just as pricey - not my finest suggestion to come to this place!!  Plus after all that it pretty much leaves us with only today to do the sightseeing thing, and it's aleady 13:30!  Not a great deal to see though, a pretty lake and nice walks (yes, Sam has her shoes on today!).

I'll be in a better mood for the next blog update from Macau!

Much love, Gam and Siles xxx
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chapmj
chapmj on

Goodbye Shanghai.......etc.
Good to hear you have moved on OK from Shanghai - and the bargains that you managed to get were amazing! A little unnerving though, I imagine, being led through various alleys etc to the locked rooms to make the purchases! So glad you are feeling better Sam - and Giles - I hope you are feeling OK too? Maybe there is a proper 'Chinese laundry' somewhere, if the washing machine at the hostel is broken?? Take very good care, we miss you and love you lots. Mum, Susie and Tessa xxx

mumdadjosh
mumdadjosh on

International.....
Two men in designer watches...James Bond - International Man of Mystery....Giles Chapman, International...???? What was it she called you again?? and why exactly????

We laughed so much at that status - Giles, is it the beard?

Look forward to hearing from you again soon - and just think - no 30 hour train journey = no nappies!

Love always,
mumdadjosh X X X

redwine286
redwine286 on

Nappies...
Oh dear, I am very disappointed that there won't be a 30 hour train journey. Was looking forward to (what will obviously be) a very DRAMATIC nappy story! ;-) xxxx

chapmj
chapmj on

Trains and planes...
Just a thought - and looking on the bright side,the journey by air may be a little less harrowing than a thirty hour train journey!! Love, Mum, Susie and Tessa xxx

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