The Bund Centre
The Bund Centre The Bund Centre is regarded as the highest building alongside the bund at Puxi (west of Shanghai). With US$40 million investment, It definite is a functional and modern building which covers five-star Hotel (Westin Pacific), Hotel Service Apartment, stores and offices etc.
A very inexpensive way of traveling throughout China is to catch the overnight train services.
The ticket from Shanghai to Xian was approx 50 Yuan (US$8.00 in July 2008) and represented the transport and accommodation costs.
The trip took 16 hours, the compartments sleep 6, the beds are very comfortable and the trip proved to be hassle free. (For the cheap cost of the ticket you can always book out the entire compartment!!)
When you choose to take the overnight train I would suggest packing food and drinks for both dinner and breakfast. (And perhaps a few snacks.)
Anne and I took 5 overnight trains in China and we chose to either eat with the “locals” in the dining car or to purchase fresh fruit, drinks or pre cooked meals from the “snack” trolley that comes along at regular intervals.
We found that eating in the dining car was fun as we laughed and joked with the locals, drank beers and played cards.
Excellent Japanese curries in Shanghai
I ate at Coco Curry House one afternoon during a visit to Shanghai in May 2008.
This good value Japanese chain of curryhouses has several branches throughout the city, and I ate at the South Shanxi Road branch, just off Nanjing Road East.
The dining area features one large table at the centre with individually set places, and a handful of smaller tables around the edge. I took a seat at the large communal table and scanned the impressive list of curries on the menu.
The vast array of curries includes: meat (beef, beef burgers, pork cutlet, sausages, chicken…), seafood (prawn, clam, mixed seafood, fish, octopus…), vegetable, mushroom and even cheese curry! There is also a selection of Japanese curries.
As well as curries, the menu features a choice of soups (including corn soup and clam chowder), a variety of shaved ice desserts, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, soft drinks, hot drinks and Kirin and Suntory beers. I opted for:
A bowl of corn soup - Cost: 10 Yuan / 1 GBP
A bowl of tasty, piping hot sweetcorn soup. Very nice!
Mushroom curry, with extra rice - Cost: 31 Yuan / 3 GBP
Ordering a curry at Coco’s involves a 4 step decision-making process:
i) Choose your curry ingredients from the extensive list; I opted for mushroom curry.
ii) Choose your rice quantity. The standard dish comes with 300gr of rice. You can pay less and have only 200gr, or you can pay more for larger quantities. I opted to pay an additional 5 Yuan (0.50 GBP) for 400gr of rice.
iii) Pick the strength of curry that you feel you can handle! There are 5 options ranging from mild through to very, very hot. I opted for option number 3 (“hot”) and that was plenty hot enough for my taste buds!
iv) Choose any toppings that you want on your curry. These include sweetcorn, sausages, cheese and omelette amongst many others. I didn’t order any toppings.
The hot mushroom curry was very tasty, contained dozens of large mushrooms and was the ideal strength for my western tastes. The 400gr portion of rice was the ideal size, with plenty of rice to complement the curry, but not an overwhelming quantity.
Kirin beer - Cost: 12 Yuan / 1.10 GBP for a 335ml can
Excellent Japanese curries in Shanghai. A huge choice of tasty dishes at competitive prices. Highly recommended!
This wide and modern square marks the centre of Shanghai. Surrounded by skyscrapers (and a few historical buildings), it is dominated by the museum, and the crowds circulating from mall to mall, in a style of life that no one could guess in China a couple of years ago.
THE NEW CENTRE - SHANGHAI
Most of us heard about it already, Shanghai changed so much in the last few years and it's still going on. I've also heard, people nowadays try to come to Shanghai first if they want to start something in China. Whether it's the truth, I'm just on the way to find out...
I hoped to move to Shanghai for a few years already but wasn't clear with my future job. And now, after being here for 5 months, I said to myself: "If I knew that Shanghai is such a brilliant place to live, work and entertain... I should have make the decision and move sooner!"
Here I'm able to live and enjoy my life as a Chinese, not complaining where I was but Shanghai is just so close to my culture.... but honestly, I sometimes still have the feeling that I'm a foreigner, might return to this later!
I met quite a lot of people in the last months already. Doesn't matter if it is about the job or not, locals or traveller, people are from the start very friendly and also interested in your own story! No matter where you come from, what you do and who you are...you'll always find a comfortable conversation when you prefer. Of course, you must be in the right place!