Come with an open mind
Shanghai is obviously one of the most diverse place that one can easily visit, yet most come away with very one sided opinions. Some only hides in the modern, luxurious hotels and shopping districts, failing to witness what Shanghai is currently undergoing, and what a typical day in Shanghai truly is. While others are constantly disgruntled about the rude and unhelpful demeanors of the locals they meet, and the demanding and tiring city scenes. Their holiday mood soon turns sour, along with the the desire to continue to explore. To these people, Shanghai is either the best, the most modern city in the world, or the most unpleasant place they have been to. I pity these people, who have spent much money and time to come and visit one place, yet they cannot even grasp the most basic nature of it. The worst traveling destination, according to my own agenda, is a boring place that I know exactly what's going on the day I arrive, a place just like home. There are already too many places in the world where they seem all too familiar. Please, please allow Shanghai to be different, to be different from your own godforsaken comfort zone.
a drink with a view to kill
This is a very cool bar on the 6th Floor in the same building as the more famous bar M on the bond. B eautiflly decorated a bit like a "boudoir style", great cocktails list with massive windows overlooking the river right opposite the Pearl Tower. trendy and hip si I guess visible designer clothes but less shallow than M
Breakfast Shanghai Style
The buns are really good, especially when you buy them in the morning because they're usually freshly made. In the morning on my way to the hospital, I always saw people lining up to buy these buns. There are about at least two bun stalls nearby the ZhongShan Hospital, so I'm pretty sure there are a lot more in the downtown area. The buns of course.
Strolling the Bund
The Bund is famous in China and abroad, so a visit to Shanghai without having seen the Bund is like going to Paris but missing the Eiffel tower. What makes the Bund special is the European style architecture that stretches along the waterfront on the West side (Pu Xi). The buildings look like banks in Europe, and indeed, that is what they mostly were built for and what they still are, signifying the commercial centre that Shanghai is in modern China.
The word Bund is a loan via English from India, where the word originally meant a mud bank along a river. The Bund in the form we see it today, was developed by the Europeans in the 19th century, but has been beautifully retained and restored.
The Eastern side of the Bund (Pu Dong) is a newly developed area, which only 15 years ago was mainly rice paddies and farm land. Today, one ultramodern building after the other tower over wide avenues and fashionable residential areas. On the Eastern side you will also see the TV Tower, also called the Pearl of the Orient for the ball shaped architecture. This is the view you will most often have from Shanghai.
The best view in my opinion is from the West side (Pu Xi), where you can see the European architecture closer up, but still enjoy the view of the modern Pu Dong side.
A big city with beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, I did not get much chance to explore this place as I was there for business purpose. Anyways, I was happy enough to get a chance to visit this wonderful city.