Make sure you tell as many locals that you are American and that your family back home has a lot of money. This will insure a level of hospitality that you probably won't experience back home. Also, The people of Mogadishu take great pride in their women, so it is important that you take as many pictures of them as you can. They will see this as a compliment. Also carry a LOT of money with you. You probably will be buying a lot of suvineers. While you are their you probably will come across a lot of activities that make this place famous. (Murder, rape, shoot outs, dead people). You may find it hard to take all of it in in just a couple of days. So plan accordingly
The Shanghai located along the shore South of the city. The Shanghai was once the “Beach Club” where Italian expatriate and the wealthies hung out. The setup of the Shanghai and its building reflected it was once a very beautiful spot of Mogadishu. Some of the best hotel in Mogadishu was in the Shanghai area.
Today, the Shanghai is completely destroyed. The area is controlled by the warlords and its virtually lifeless. It was consider as an off limit area where I was advised not to step out of the technical (truck). Photography was limited only inside the technical.
Listening to my guide's description, I can imagine the beauty and glory the Shanghai once owned. In my opinion, it is still the most beautiful spot in town.
The Bakara Market is the biggest and busiest market in Mogadishu. Items range from the regular living necessity such as clothing and food, to stolen foreign passports, AK47 automatic weapons, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and ammunition, can be found inside the Bakara.