Pushiness is a virtue!
One annoyance you ll quickly experience in Shanghai (and most big Chinese cities) is that the locals don t seem to know the concept of waiting their turn, lining up properly, or respect for personal space. I was cut at KFC, at the subway ticket booth, at the hotel checkout, the airport line, you name it...it is the survival of the pushiest!!
Too bad I didn't have my camera at the time but the crowd getting onto the city bus was like a crazed mob. No doubt this leads
to a lot of traffic accidents.
If that's not bad enough, you'll hear and see plenty of spitting, clearing throats, and cleaning noses. Well, this is just the way things are for now.
This isn't isolated to Shanghai or China but it was disturbing to see the large number of homeless, largely rural migrants, especially those begging with children in their arms, the police do pester them to not loiter around for too long.
On a more positive note, Shanghai tries to be foreigner/tourist friendly...maybe its because they are willing to spend and not insist on discounts! Anyway, it is demonstrated by the sign in the picture. Ladies and foreigner's free.
Watch TV while on the subway.
I say the fastest and easiest way to get around town would have to be the subway. IF you don't mind crowds, that is. Keep in mind, Shanghai is the second most populated city in China, try and fit a bunch of people on these subways can be pretty tight. About 4RMB one way. Not sure how much a whole day pass would cost. I am sure it's pretty cheap. Easy to use system, and they have TV's in there. Pretty hi-tech. Anyway, watch TV and ride the Subway. YAY!
I dare you - Skywalk!
You can also get a great view from Jin'mao building, that's right next to the Shanghai World Finance Center (SWFC).. however.. the unique thing about SWFC is that u can try sky-walk on the 101th floor. How cool is that! The floor there is made of glass and u can see through it all the way down to the ground. The window wall over there is facing 45 degrees outwards.. u can lean over the window and feel yourself about to fall! Yikes!
The former french quarter was renovated respecting its old characteristics, and has become a trendy (and expensive... it seems) touristy area.
It's different, but the contrast with the shiny forms and colours of the old town (if it happens to you moving from one to the other, as we did), becomes somewhat depressive.
It is a good preservation of the cultural diversity in Shanghai's history and maybe an attraction to locals for its high standards, but nothing very special for who is just passing by.
Shanghai in April
The shipped docked here......i flew in after visiting the great wall in beijing. a couple of friends and I walked around for a few hours and ran into a arena/gym that had a table tennis practice going on. the teams were two schools (one China, one from Japan) they allowed us to come in and watch the practice and even allowed us to play along. the kids were real good, but the coach (who spoke only a little english) said only two had a shot at making the olympics