like in Beijing, Shanghai has lots of Condominiums of different shapes and sizes. Condominiums can be classified as public and private wherein the less wealthy are given condo units by the state wherein they pay minimal rates and the affluent buying private condominiums since land ownership is limited in china hence you see see that many local shanghai hutongs were demolished and replaced by these high rises as living quarters for Shanghai's 18 million plus burgeoning population. for private condominiums, prices range from 6,000 RMB a square meter to 20,000 RMB a square meter to prime areas. Foreigners can own condos but never can own land here.
get here for happy hour!
One of the many famous bars for expats and visitors alike. This was always busy during the evenings and very welcoming. Food is available such as pizzas or there is Indian food on the top level. Also the rest rooms are on the top level so be careful coming back down the stairs after too many happy hour beers....lol Do not worry about the barman that does not speak English, he will show you on his calculator when he wants some money and the menu is easy to understand! As this is where rabbit would sneak off to when Shirley is busy so we named it the first bar, which Shirley would know where to find me (as it is the first in a row of bars) therefore the dress code is casual!!...lmao
Burgers and beers on Tongren Road
I ate at City Diner one lunch time during a visit to Shanghai in May 2008.
City Diner is located on Tongren Road, just a few metres off Nanjing Road West, and is a cross between an American-style diner and a British-style pub.
I first noticed City Diner a few days prior to actually eating there. It was the large menu board outside that caught my eye, advertising the various special offers:
“Early Bird Special Breakfast” – a cooked English breakfast, served between 6am and 10am, for 25 Yuan (2 GBP);
“Soup, Salad, Sandwich” – any two of these along with a drink for 45 Yuan (4 GBP);
“Happy Hour” – buy one, get one free on draught Hoegaarden and Stella.
After the best part of a week eating noodles and other local specialities, I was ready for a change and this looked to be the ideal place to get some western food.
The menu features a huge selection of burgers (ham, cheese, bacon, mushroom, chicken…), sandwiches (ranging from steak sandwiches to banana with peanut butter and honey) and pizzas, as well as other meat dishes and light meals.
City Diner also offers a good selection of beers, with Hoegaarden, Stella and Carlsberg available on tap and Tsingtao, Heineken, Corona, Duvel, Leffe Blonde, Erdinger Weissbier, Samuel Adams and Brooklyn IPA available in bottles. Wines, cocktails, spirits, soft drinks and hot beverages are also available.
The dining area was dimly lit, with black tables and high stools. There was a music stage in one corner (live music performances take place in the evenings) and the walls were adorned with autographed photographs and other musical paraphernalia. There were three TV screens showing the latest news and sport, including ESPN Sport which was showing a rerun of the previous evening’s Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
I wasn’t sure what I fancied to eat, but my mind was made up as soon as the waiter alerted me to the special offer:
Earthquake Relief - Cost: 75 Yuan / 6 GBP
A week prior to my visit to Shanghai, a devastating earthquake had hit China’s Sichuan province. This special offer was City Diner’s way of contributing to the relief effort. All proceeds from this meal went to the Red Cross Society of China.
The meal consisted of a Lonestar Burger (containing beef, bacon, onions, lettuce and tomato and accompanied by French fries, mayonnaise and coleslaw) and a bottomless soft drink (I topped my Coke up two or three times). The food was pretty good as burgers go – it was well cooked and served in a decent sized portion.
A large selection of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and beers!
Shopping the Nanjing Lu Pedestrian Mall
Nanjing Road was already the most famous and most crowded shopping street in China. With the recent creation of a pedestrian mall it is now a pleasurable place to browse. That's all I did. It was the start of the trip and I didn't want to overload my pack too early. There are many modern stores, boutiques, cafes, department stores, office towers, hotels and traditional silk shops.
Shanghai... Asia's French Riviera.
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Everytime i listen to music in the radio, nothing comes closer than the thought of being out there. SHANGHAI. The reviera of asia. The epitome of great mixture of technology and culture. Thinking about being there...being in a wonderful place, so different from the one i used to be... is simply amazing.
This is the art of travelling, the beauty of exploring the world. The world is here... its in your fingertips.
Nanjing Road can offer you posh accommodations at equally high prices. Choose a not-so-far 3star or 4star hotel nearby. Anyway, taxis are easy to find and taxi rates are very reasonable.
Try chinese sausages sold almost everywhere. It will cost you around 2 rmb or better buy a dozen to get it at 1 rmb. Try your luck. Oppss... try the Curry House along Nanjing Road near Mc Donalds (hehehe sarap mcdo dito....) its located at the second floor. Great food and great view.
CHINESE SAUSAGE: You can find this chinese sausage being sold in the streets of Shanghai. For only 1 rmb you can taste this delicious and mouth-watering sausage. Its different from all other sausages that ive tasted. Try it!
Try Xiang Yang Market. Negotiate for a lower price everytime. Start bargaining up to 80% off. If the lady does not agree, just slowly make your way out. Im sure, somehow she'll try to beg you to come back (in her arms again...).
Xiang Yang Market: If strolling around Shanghai does not seem to appeal to you, consider this.
A market in the middle of the metropolis. A place for the tired souls.
Shopping is great.
Shopping is fun, indeed.
ANTIQUE STORES: Along Dong Tai Lu road, you will find a stretch of antique shops selling (well, theyre not really genuine...) cheap commodities. Please dont forget to practice your skills in bargaining and public relations (hehehehe...).
SIGHTS: Oh well, you will never complete your travel to shanghai if youre not stopping by The Bund to see from across the Oriental Pearl Television Tower, the third tallest in the world, to CN and Sears. If you can, try going up the tower, from either Jin Mao building or Oriental Pearl for a fee of about 50 rmb. Not bad at all. Simply great.
"Travel nearby and find.... Hangzhou"
This is Hangzhou. About 3 hours bus trip.
An equally fascinating destination...