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Transit time: 10hrs from major cities

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Girija Muralidharan

Girija Muralidharanratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

53 reviewsPosted 3 years ago

Exciting 3 days visit and stay in Shanghai

From Yichang we landed in Pudong Airport in Shanghai. Here we were greeted by a smiling and a very friendly guide Pan. Shanghai is like any other modern Metropolis, the ever expanding skyline and glittering night view will leave an everlasting impression in our minds.

We were put up at the Bund Hotel situated in the midst of a very busy hub. Next day morning after breakfast we were ready to join our guide and visit the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower. It was drizzling with thunder and storm. Nothing could stop the tourists from reaching this place to view the city from the observation tower.

The whole place looked like a Carnival site with colourful flags and ever increasing group of tourists.

Pearl of the Orient Tower, is a 468-meter-high communication tower, making it the second highest tower in Asia, and the fourth highest tower in the world.

Its base is supported by three seven-meter wide slanting columns.

The tower includes 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels. We were told that the artistic conception of this tower gives an impression that "large and small pearls are dropping onto a jade plate" because the greenery below is beautifully landscaped.

On almost any level above the lowest globe, one can get a sensational view of the city as it stretches out toward the horizon, and, of course, the higher the vantage point, the more one can take in.

The only problem we had that day was the dark clouds were enveloping the city and we could see nothing from the observation deck. Luckily the view from the glass floored skywalk was very interesting. We could step on the glass floor which is 259 meters above and view the city below. There were quite a few young tourists jumping and stamping the glass floor. This did send shivers down the spine with the thought that the glass may break anytime and that all of us would tumble down.

At night the Tower is lit up with different coloured lighting which is a great attraction.

Next we visited the Yu Garden. Yu means peaceful in Chinese. An officer in the Ming Dynasty built this beautiful garden for his parents to live a quiet and peaceful life here. The construction of the garden had to be stopped because the officer was transferred. He came back 20 years later and finished building the garden. His parents passed away a few years later. This garden changed hands and was severely damaged down the years and during the Great Cultural Revolution ( 1966-1976). The government repaired the garden between 1986-93 and this is what we see today.

This lovely garden features Ming Dynasty pavilions, ponds, beautiful cut rock formations and arched bridges, Chinese lanterns adorn the pavilions. In spite of the crowd around us we still can get lost and be one with our thoughts in the serene, tranquil and calm surroundings all around us. We certainly can spend a few hours walking leisurely through this lovely garden. This is a must see place in Shanghai.

Our Guide took us to an old mansion near the garden where we could see rows and rows of neatly stacked tea varieties. The lady in the shop made us sit near the table where varieties of glass jars, mugs and glasses were kept. She demonstrated and showed us how to make different types of tea. There was no milk or sugar used. It was simply plain hot flavoured water. After the demonstration she wanted us to buy huge tea packets or jars to be given away as gifts back home in India. I told her that we have to acquire a taste for Chinese tea and that I was not interested in buying. I could see how the smiling face soon turned into a big frown and annoyance.

Next we strolled up and down the famous Nanjing Road which houses innumerable shops and malls. Unbelievable amount of walking was done this day.

Next we were told not to miss the Bund area. The word Bund means an embankment or an embanked quay. The Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles which are lit up at night. Each building sparkles like a piece of glittering jewellery. One can stand there gazing at the beauty of the buildings with their reflection on the river. The whole sight is mesmerizing. The dazzling lights are switched off at 11 pm on the dot every night.

One of the sparkling buildings is the Sassoon House, with the attached Cathay Hotel. This was built by Sir Victor Sassoon whose origin is from India. It was, and still is today, famous for its Jazz band in its cafe. We strolled through the corridors of this famous hotel and stopped by to listen to the band where the band players are all formally dressed like they used to dress up in the days gone by. It was interesting going through the photo gallery.

The last day in Shanghai was supposed to be a free day. Karthik our son called us on time to tell us not to miss visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre. Luckily for us this was close to our hotel. We took a road map and tried following it. When we stopped by and asked for direction no one could help us. We bumped into a college student who directed us perfectly.

The exhibition Centre is a huge 5 storied building. Hall of- Historic and Cultural City, Temporary Exhibitions, Master Plans, Plans for Specialized and Key Construction Projects and the last one was the sightseeing Hall. The exit is through the 1930 Shanghai Style Street. Suddenly you are transported to the bygone days where you are in the midst of cycle-rickshaws, trams, old buildings, tea houses and other nostalgia. It was a day of learning, we got to see the past and how Shanghai was going to progress in the coming years.

Our legs started aching but still we decided that we will walk towards Nanjing Street and enjoy going through the various shops and stalls and grab a lunch in McDonalds. Though it was supposed to be a free day it was indeed very tiring at the end of the long day. We met Meng-Huai my husband's cousin's Chinese wife in the evening and went to an Indian restaurant named Delhi Darbar. The food was very good and so was the company.

Day 12 ) we packed our bags and after breakfast were planning to go to the airport in the fast train which takes only 7 minutes to reach the airport from the city area.

We heard the TV news that a Typhoon was heading towards Shanghai. Hence we cancelled the train trip and reached the airport in our car. At the check-in counter we got to know that the airport was closed and that all the flights were cancelled.

Thanks to Malaysian Airways they put us up at a Resort, Hotel Harbor Lakeside. Food, lodging and other necessities was courtesy Malaysian Airways. This is a newly established hotel 60 km away from the city and 30 km from Pudong International Airport. We were put up at the 12th floor and the view of the outside world was simply beautiful. We could see the dark clouds approaching and the rain soaked environment all around us from our balcony. It was a beautiful sight. The greenery, small bridges and running streams added a lot charm to this lovely place.

Bus loads of 300 people followed us. There were many Indian medical students who were on their way home for vacation. It was interesting talking to them. We found out that Medical education was cheaper in China than in India. There were Gujarati and Mumbai businessman who had come to China on official visits. We mingled with everyone around and got a lot of information from each one of them on different subjects. Two days of absolute bliss, comfort and rest. We had no other option of going to the city because we were far away in the suburbs, except to follow the walking path and enjoy watching children frolicking in the swimming pool and youngsters playing snooker and other games. Eat, sleep and wander around this little piece of paradise on Earth. Thanks to the Typhoon and Malaysian Airlines.

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Saurabh Ranjan

Saurabh Ranjanratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

1 reviewPosted 2 years ago

Mesmerizing & had an amazing experience

Shanghai was truly an amazing experience once in a life time for me. As a student I believe that I am very lucky to visit Shanghai, the business capital of the world. I went there on behalf of my uncle who work for Birla Cement. The trip was organized by the company itself. Shanghai is a place best suited for the people who like shopping very much. The Huagpu River Cruise is a must visit place in Shangai as you can truly get a glimpse of Shanghai at a single place. A building called world financial Centre stands 682 m high and from the top of it you can see the whole city. The food is absolutely amazing. Personally I like Chinese food very much. The style of living there is very high and expensive. Also the Bullet train, brilliant experience. I went to Beijing from there and I just felt like I am flying on the ground. The outing was truly appreciable.

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