I had a wonderful meeting with Emily, also known as VT member "simcard"... We met at the Shanghai Library and then had dinner together at a great Brazilian restaurant... From there, we went to Pudong and checked out the view of Shanghai at night from the 54th floor observation deck of the Grand Hyatt Hotel... The adorable Emily had some very interesting VT tales to tell and was great company on my visit to Shanghai!
Visit a teashop!
China is, of course, famous for its huge variety of tea. Even if you are not interested in buying any tea, take your time to visit a few stores. They are fascinating. Even if the shop attendants can't speak English, they sometimes let you smell different kids of tea. Some of them can be really expensive. I think the most expensive one I saw was RMB 1800 for 500 grams.
factory and restaurant all in One
offering assorted Shanghai style dishes. this Tian Hou Restaurant is located in the middle of the huge silk factory in the outskirts of Shanghai and every shanghai tour whether private, group or bus tours go to the silk factory and eat at the this Restaurant. The style here is that you will eat lunch first then have a free tour of the huge silk factory complex to entice you to buy. Located in Shanghai’s strategic communication pass-Hongqiao area, the Tianhou Silk specializes in providing touring, shopping, food and drinks in Shanghai. The restaurant in Tianhou Silk offers typical Shanghai Cusine and Food special, accommodating 500 people with meals with different local flavors custom-tailored to the needs of visitors from all over the world. it was a small feast as you would see in the picture hehehe but my favorite is the fried shanghai huangpu river fish and the stir fried shanghai style veggies wehich were not spicy like the one in Beijing.
Remarkable modern architecture (see photo). Home of the most extensive collection of Chinese art and artifacts outside of (get this!) Taiwan. Also has a good shop where you can get replicas of some of the pieces shown (see museum travelogue for examples).
Drinks, Cheap Buys, and a Great View
It was a short weekend in Shanghai. I went to watch some rugby and come back. The pitch was really nice, it had grass(in Korea there are dirt fields)! The Shanghai Hairy Crabs played the Seoul Survivors(expat teams).
We went to a few bars after and the rugby guys got a little out of control in their custom made brown suits. We made Zappatos look like a gay bar with their hour long bar dance. Good times had by all.
"Marketplace Entourage and The Bund"
The marketplace we went to was crowded and crazy. We had at least 5 people following us around at all times whispering "dvd, gucci, watch, ect." They followed us the entire time we were in the market(which is actually several buildings about 3 stories each). Don't yell at them, it will just show them that you are acknowledging their presence and are listening to them. Just ignore them, they will never go away and when they do leave, new ones come along. It just makes it easier to conserve your energy. And if you are looking for what they are selling they will keep others off of you while you follow them to their secret shops(it's a nice break). I bought a North Face jacket for around $35, you can probably haggle more(looks like it is right off the assembly line). DVD box sets are a great find to, just remember they will only play on players and computers that are set for this region.
The bund is a beautiful view, I just wish I saw it at night as well. It looks unreal in your pictures it is a must see.