Back in China – two days of Shanghai

I must confess I initially was not planning to come back to China so soon, however, Stephany (the girl I meet in Xian, who invited me to her home town Chongqing) connected me with her best friend Emma, who she went to university with and kind of pushed me to see her in Shanghai.

It is not the worst thing to do tho. haha. I was actually glad I got another chance to experience the diversity of China even more. 

Shanghai is an amazing city full of great architecture, food and most of all extremes. On one hand you have ancient buildings, cute little alleyways and people living a traditional Chinese life and on the other hand you find hundreds of skyscrapers, western lifestyle and people walking around in western brands like New Balance, Adidas and Nike. When walking through the different quarters of Shanghai I also felt a huge contrast between poor and rich. 

To me Shanghai felt very metropolitan and way different than all the other places I have visited in China so far.

As Emma is working for a Chinese Airline she and her husband (who works as a pilot in the same company) live near Hongqiao airport. It’s a bit out of town, but with the subway nearby very accessible. The first day of my stay I went into town to see the old district of Shanghai with its markets, pagodas and temples. I in particularly loved Yuyuan Garden. The garden is already 400 years old and makes a pleasant stroll with ist numerous pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters. I think I stayed there for more than 2 hours.

In the evening I met up with Emma and her husband to have dinner and see The Bund, a famous waterfront, where you can enjoy the best view of the Pudong area with its modern buildings.

The next day I decided to take the train to Dianshan Lake. It’s meant to be very beautiful, however, I had a bit of bad luck with the weather. It was cloudy and felt like it is going to rain anytime soon. It would have been a much more pleasant visit, if the sun would have been up. The lake is massive and people go boating on it to explore the more quiet areas, however, I wasn’t keen on this as I was too afraid it might pour down in a second. I took a walk along the river and watched the boats coming in and going out as well as the many men flying kites.

I am pretty sure it is a really lovely place, when the sun is out, but I just did not enjoy the stay due to the weather. I wish I had stayed in Shanghai to explore the city a bit more.

Back into town Emma, her husband, brother and me decided to check out the German Christmas market. It was good fun having a bit of the typical Christmas feeling and showing them the traditional food we have for Christmas, however, the market was not as good as the Weihnachtsmarkt back home.

Emma, her brother and me

Emma + husband and me


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