I found a bag full of ‘stuff’ from a couple of trips I had taken a while ago. I had already scrap booked these trips and I didn’t really want to hold onto to all of it but it did bring back a few memories. This is the stuff I found from the trip I took to Shanghai, China in 2009.Above- My sister took me on a little trip to visit a place she liked to go to buy little cups. I can not remember where that was, but we did indeed buy some tiny, handmade, cups. The kind without a handle, that you can imagine drinking green tea out of, they were wrapped in the orange Disney paper you can see top left. Whisk was a fancy place we went for lunch, I remember getting a chocolate torte for dessert. I remember significant things. I think the white business card in the middle was for a lottery or gambling, the blue blob of toothpaste on it is Haibo. Haibo was, obviously, the mascot of the Shanghai Expo and he was EVERYWHERE in Shanghai whilst I was there.Above- We went to a small Art Gallery, and the only thing I remember is my sister making me and her boyfriend (now husband) stand in a very hot window, in full glare of the sun as she spent 20mins trying to take a picture. The photo, top left, shows where we were standing. On one day we went to a shopping centre and I felt compelled to buy something. You can’t really browse without a sales assistant insisting on helping which was interesting given that we were speaking totally different languages. When I’d picked my item I went over the till to pay, she took my leggings and gave me a receipt and sent me to another till. At the other till I handed over my money and was given another receipt. I took this back to the first till and got my leggings (with the delightful orange mushroom label pictured). Seemed like convoluted way of doing things but that’s the style in China. Above- I took and used my Lomography fisheye camera. How I wish I’d been able to take a better analogue camera, the fish eye thing got really old really fast! Top right is an exciting photo of the TV screen in the taxi (like the future) which instructed me to ‘please do not forget the things you take’. We went to an English language bookshop on my last day and I obviously bought something, wrapped in the brown paper. I think it was something odd like Frankenstein, and the font had been printed so small I never actually managed to read that copy!
A selection of images of the horizon in some of the amazing places I’ve visited.
- Write down the address of where you’re staying on paper- saving it to your phone is not good enough if your battery runs out.
- Keep the addresses, tickets, flight times and boarding passes, and your passport in a separate wallet in your hand luggage when you fly so you don’t lose anything.
- Research how you are going to get from the airport to your accommodation or wherever you are heading. Taxis are usually easier but more expensive but you also need to find the taxi rank. Use the airport website to find out if there is a shuttle bus or local bus and where to get it.
- Even if you like to be spontaneous research somewhere to eat using tripadvisor or some such website. You will get of the plane and be hungry, you will not want to wander around wasting your precious time in a foreign city scavenging for food.
- Also note down a few things you want to do, and how you’ll get there. If you’re not driving you’ll need to know where to get the bus or pay for taxis.
- Find out when you can check in to your hotel, and whether you can leave your bags there if you arrive earlier. If not, or you don’t want to go there and then back out again store your bags at the train station or a private luggage storage place. NB you can not store stuff in UK train stations because they suck.
Some general views of Pudong, Shanghai:
Found some old fisheye photos of Shanghai, China from 2009.
I have been working on a map of the places I’ve been to (shop, restaurants, attractions etc) in case people are planning a trip and want to see some recommendations for the area. It’s still a work in progress, as you can see there’s much of the world I haven’t visited!
I hope this is useful to people!
Let me know if you have any suggestions to add!
Just a short post about Nanjing Street in Shanghai, China. It’s full of statues and it’s fun for a wander. There’s also a film cafe, and there was a man selling bracelets which me and my sister bought (I can’t guarantee he will still be there…).
When I visited Shanghai, China in 2009 we spent an afternoon at Fuxing Park in the former French Concession. Created in 1909 as Gu’s Park it was the largest park in Shanghai, during French occupation it became a military encampment, then it was renamed Daxing Park by the occupying Japanese. In the mid-20th century it was reclaimed by the Chinese and named Fuxing Park.
We went into Fuxing Park and were greeted by the long list of Park Rules which included ‘visitors are expected not to urinate or shit’, and ‘no playing mahjong in the park’ because you know what mahjong players get like after a few cups of green tea… There was a nice lake where people were zorbing (those big ball things you can run around in), there was tea house, people running backwards (which is a Chinese thing, it works the muscles in the back of legs more, they even have rear view mirrors attached to their heads).
The Bund is on the Puxi side of Shanghai overlooking the river it has a good view of the Pearl tower and all the lit up skyscrapers. We went to the Captain Bar where we got this view of the Shanghai skyline. On the Bund no new buildings are allowed in stark contrast to the rest of Shanghai which was rapidly developing.
During my trip to Shanghai, China we went to Renmin Guangchang or People’s Square where, by all accounts, you can get tricked into a very expensive tea ceremony. But we just went to the Shanghai Art Museum. We had to queue around the building to get in and go through airport style security at which point my water bottle became an issue until I drank from it to show it was just water and not a water flavoured explosive. There were some impressive escalators in the middle that made it feel like a shopping centre more than a museum. There was also a collection of Chinese drawings, paintings, and furniture.
We also went into the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre where there is a model of the whole of Shanghai which is really cool. The city was gearing up for the Shanghai Expo which happened in 2010.
Haibo was the Expo’s mascot and he was everywhere, he looked like a squish of toothpaste with arms and legs imo.
Here are some pics of things I’ve eaten abroad. There’s nothing too crazy here, I am veggie so I have to be quite cautious in foreign lands with what I eat but I thought the pics offered a nice comparison of San Francisco, Belfast, Shanghai, and Barcelona.
So that’s a huge portion of nachos in Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco that I could not finish, a burger in Belfast near the botanical garden that came with a ludicrous amount of chips, rice, cheese, pak choi, strawberry tea, and some other stuff in Shanghai, and (I don’t recall the Spanish name) an omelette sandwich with tomato soaked bread. There may be a reason, that may not be entirely genetic, that Asian people are slimmer than their European and American cousins…