Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 26, 2009

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Well I've arrived in the amazing Shanghai. Actually it wasn't hard to get here even though I was initially worried. I had the names of the train station and the hotel written on a sheet of paper that I then gave to the taxi drivers which got me to the correct destinations. The train station was also fairly straight forward with numbers and letters in English. There was however a mad rush to the train, with people having no problem pushing you. I however don't mind this, as I have a big bag and am bigger and taller than most people, so I will certainly stand my ground in that event!
Shanghai is about 3 times the distance from Hangzhou that Shaoxing was but still took around the same time. This was because I took a D-train, which went at about 170km/h.
I arrived at about 2.45pm to chock-a-block Shanghai. The roads are in constant peak hour so it took a fair while to get to the hotel.  The hotel I am staying in is very nice as you can see from the video.  I first enquired about a map and got looks as if this was some sort of unfair request and then told that it would cost 15RMB, so I thought stuff that. I went out walking blindly which is must more challenging. I found a mini-mart, bought some snacks and drinks, searched the vicinity for decent restaurants (with english menus) and then came back to the hotel to do some much needed washing. Nothing in China can you do by yourself. When I went to the coin laundry they insisted on doing it for me and that I come back in 1 hour. I did come back and no-one was there, so I dryed the clothes myself. I hope they don't mind.

Shanghai is full of high rise buildings with small shanty apartments in between. There is a massive cleanup happening for the World Expo that is happening here next year, so everything is under construction. I am sure I will be mentioning that more in my next few blogs. It's just as cold here as it was in Hangzhou. What a bummer.
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shazbot6 on

Love reading about all your travels. Keep warm...I'm shivering looking at you. Mum XXX

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