I am so excited to share our amazing China trip last March this year. It was 10 happy days filled with adventure, culture, sights and so much Chinese food. We visited 4 cities in 10 days. Let me share on this blog our first stop, Shanghai.
Described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China, Shanghai attracts so many people around the world intrigued by the city’s beauty and rich culture.
From Mactan Cebu International Airport we took a flight via China Eastern Airlines to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Slept throughout the 4-hour trip and felt recharged upon our arrival. So giddy to ride the Maglev from the airport to our hotel. Maglev train is a super-speed mode of transport that used magnetic levitation to travel at high velocity. It is the world’s first and only commercialized maglev train line in operation.
We chose the hotel just along the busy streets of Nanjing, Chunshengjiang. After we settled our things at the hotel, we started our Shanghai adventure by having lunch. A few steps away from our hotel is a Chen Dacheng Restaurant who serves delicious chinese cuisine and started operations wayback 1875.
Our first stop was the Yuyuan Garden or Yu Garden Shanghai which is one of the top attractions in Shanghai. It was finished on year 1577 during the Ming Dynasty. This beautiful Chinese garden has six main scenic areas: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and The Inner Garden.
Here’s a photo tour of some instagram-worthy corners and places at the Yu Garden.
After touring the garden, we strolled at Yuyuan Garden Shopping area and went looking for Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant to have a taste of their famous dumplings.
After queueing for around 30 minutes, we finally tasted these delicious buns!
Caramelized strawberries on a stick is famously sold around Yuyuan Garden shopping area.
Our next stop was the famous The Bund Shanghai.
It has been said that you’ve never been to Shanghai if you have not visited the Bund. It is the pride of Shanghai and it was truly a sight to behold. It is a 1.5 kilometers long delicwaterfront that can be enjoyed by walking around, taking beautiful photographs, cruising or seeing it at night.
There were so many tourists at that time but we managed to have a decent photo.
The architecture along the bund is like a living museum. It was very lovely!
Just near the bund is a famous restaurant and of course with a long queue, Shanghai Grandmother Restaurant where we feasted on some delicious Chinese food.
Day 2 in Shanghai.
Our first stop was to buy train tickets for the entire duration of our travel. Planning is the key to any travel i must say, this way you can use your time wisely and be able to make use of your time seeing the must-visit places and sights.
Our search for the best dumplings is still on. We queued at Jiajia Tang Bao to have a taste of yet another mouthwatering foodie heaven for dumplings. This one i must say it the best!
We took a walking tour going to the People’s Park where parents showcase their sons and daughters to possible husbands and wives. This is often called as the Shanghai Marriage Market. The parents chat around each other for possible matchmaking of their children every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. to trade information on their children.
We walked further and searched for Xin Tian Di. It is an urban attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. It is a fashionable entertainment hub composed of Shikumen and modern architecture style.
I have so much fun walking around Xian Tian Di. It was a perfect marriage of rich culture as seen in the structures and the modern day entertainment center. This is what i like most when i travel, it is where i see something unusual yet very beautiful places. Shanghai is so beautiful beyond any adjective that i can give.
I had my much needed caffeine break and hiatus from walking the entire day. The perfect place for people watching.
Walking further, we took a breather at Fuxing Park. It was a relaxing sight and there were musicians playing while there were children playing with their parents. Fuxing Park is the only French style garden in Shanghai. This is once a private garden during the Ming Dynasty but was re-opened to public on year 1909.
Near the Fuxing Park is the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party. It is a museum free of charge yet very informative and one of the most interesting museums i have ever been.
We head back to Nanjing Road to check out the shops around the area.
Nanjing Road at night is as busy as ever. This street literally never sleeps.
We never got tired of Dumplings so we just have to taste more dumplings and this one is from Yang’s Dumplings which is also delicious.
This sticky green tea rice with monggo filling is also getting too much attention at Nanjing Road.
It was full two days of sight seeing and food trip! We were so excited to what is in store for the next 8 days.
Call time for the next day is at 6 am since we are going to explore another city in China.