10/23/13 - 10/26/13 72 °F
Wow, this is a big fast paced place. Trying to take it in after an overnight flight from Auckland, has been trying. The hardest part has been trying to find vegetarian food for Ashley. It seems every dish has some sort of meat product in it. Thankfully after a few hrs of wandering we did find a vegetarian restaurant. From there it's a bunch of pointing at the pictures of food that you want. After a week we have gotten good at ordering food in China.
We did the typical touristy things in Shanghai, checked out The Bund along the Huangpu River
Across the Huangpu you can see the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio tower, we had to go up it as well to enjoy the views. The view area is 263 m above the ground and gives you an idea how big Shanghai really is. The residential sky scrapers extended beyond the ability to see from the Tower, which was limited by the smog.
At 259m high is another outdoor observation deck with glass panels you walk on. It provides cool picture taking opportunity.
Then you remember you are walking on Chinese glass supported by Chinese steel and concrete. That's when the adrenaline kicks in, and you scurry off the glass.
The night life in Shanghai was alive with many night markets and huge shopping malls at seemingly every metro stop.
Ashley even found some fancy shoes to buy at Tianzifeng Market (picture not available). We ultimately left Shanghai to enjoy the comforts of Hangzhou and ended up staying one day longer there than planned.