A break from being tourists in Shanghai
Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
96Trip End Apr 16, 2011
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No doubt in anticipation of our arrival, a typhoon had swept through the week before clearing out the smog & fog and we were treated to beautiful clear sunny skies for most of our stay- of which we had not had very many in China. We had a great few days indulging in some haggling and retail therapy in the Fakes Market, going for all-you-can-eat Dim Sum, enjoying beers in Captains Bar overlooking the Bund, scoffing fantastic food and cumin-ribs, and going out drinking in garden bars and pubs in the French Concession.
In a nod to being tourists on Monday when Paddy & John were at work we went up the Pearl tower for some spectacular views over Shanghai (with the added advantage that from inside it you can't see the ugly tower itself)
We also had a behind-the-scenes view on Chinese culture as John’s flat backs onto a school yard where, every morning at about eight o’clock the teachers marched the students out onto the basketball pitches with loud speakers, fired up some good old marching tunes and put them through a 30 minute synchronised dance routine/ aerobics session.
The highlight of the weekend was perhaps our final night when we went to Vue bar for (admittedly girly) cocktails overlooking the Shanghai CBD skyline and the Bund, followed by dinner at the Southern Barbarian where we laughed at the mistranslations on the menu;
"Ha, they’ve put deep-fried honey bees here, I wonder what they are, let’s try them."
“Oh, they actually are deep-fried honey bees.”
Another thank you to John for allowing your lodger to bring in 2 more sub-lodgers for the weekend and to Paddy for switching to the sofa and leaving us the bed and your hospitality and tour guiding – see you in Singapore!