Take a stroll
Take a stroll away from the touristy places. For example, if you're close to Jing'an Temple, follow Nanjing Road to its end and just wander. You'll get to a busy area with small streets and many small restaurants. If you're somewhere around Yuyuan (Yu Garden), stroll away from the touristy parts, preferably towards the west. This is where you'll experience a taste of "real" Shanghai!
Shanghai Train Station.
Pictured here, the main train station in Shanghai... As you see, people are seated in the waiting hall... They are not allowed to go to the platform until security personnel let them, just prior to the departure of the train... Also notice the electronic sign display is in Chinese, and there is no English translation... Thus, you will need to know the Chinese characters for the city you are going to in order to be sure you're in the right waiting room...
When in Shanghai it's great to take advantage of the inexpensive pampering available - massages, foot massages, manicures, etc. One of my favorite places is Dragonfly Spa - nice relaxing spa atmosphere for a fairly cheap price. A one hour Chinese massage or foot massage is 120 RMB (less if you become a member - pre-pay on an account). Several locations - the best are at 20 Donghu Road and 3911 Hongmei Road, Web: www.dragonfly.net.cn
For nails the Frangipani chain is great - they have multiple locations and do a very nice foot massage as well.
Keep in contact with those back home cheaply
On our first day in Beijing we both bought a China Mobile Sim card - the cost was not as cheap as I had been led to believe, it was 180rmb = about $32AUD, which included I think 50rmb of calls. This one was slightly cheaper than the first one offered to us as it had unlucky numbers in the phone number!!! I made a few quick calls back to Australia using it, then realising it was not such a cheap way to keep in contact. My hubby then rang my china mobile from my mobile phone back on Oz, it was a bit cheaper. Then, he decided to try and ring from our land line, the price came up a day or 2 later on our pc and it was something like 30c for 2 minutes - WHICH WAS DIRT CHEAP!!! So, this was indeed the cheapest way to keep in contact. By ringing from a home phone in Australia to a mobile phone in China.
We found out how to check your phone balance on China Mobile Sim card. You ring 13800 138000 and then press 2 for English and then 2 again for balance.
Another very cheap way to keep in contact was via computer use at our Hotels, I was quite amazed at how cheap it was. Prices ranged from 5rmb-15rmb for half an hours use on the Hotels computers. For those not taking a lap-top to China, this is indeed an inexpensive way to relay holiday information. Only problem was that I could not access Facebook, for some reason it had been banned in China. But, half an hour on the pc was long enough for me to check emails and also to check in on vt.
Yu Garden and Bazaar
Each section of the garden is separated by curved white walls crowned with the head and body of a dragon. It's named after the original owner
fishes in the pool of yuan garden
Yu Garden is decorated with rocks. One of the rocks is said to have been the property of Emperor Hui Zong (AD1082--AD1135) in the Song Dynasty. Rock buildings, such as the Grand Rockery and the Hall of Mildness, are the sites you shouldn't miss.
the Lion is protected the garden
The famous Nanxiang restaurant is near the entrance of Yu Garden, selling various types of delicious steamed dumplings. The tasty food attracts a swarm of locals and tourists
Beside Yu Garden the Bridge of Nine Turnings zigzagging across an ornamental lake leads to Shanghai's most famous tea house. Bill Clinton, Gerhard Schroeder and the Queen of Great Britain have been guests there.