Well it was a huge relief to land in Shanghai after more than 7 hours in Kuala Lumpur Airport. The flight was full of some pretty pushy Chinese tourists, which meant that we were the last one off the plane, but the universe was smiling and we had the last laugh as our luggages appeared first. we grabbed it and ran for the taxi rank.
Shanghai Pudong Airport Taxi rank
Taxi driver Idea
One of the great things about Shanghai Pudong’s Airport is that the guests are so delighted to be there that they’re very chatty – so I’d already had a few tips on Shanghai – particularly that the taxi rank is very well organised. It is, in fact, so well organised that, when a couple of passengers jumped the queue, the two men organising the queue blew their whistles, flagged down the naughty cab who had accepted them, and proceeded to write him a very big ticket and a big telling off. Now I don’t speak Mandarin, but it sounded very much like “you’ll never work in this town again”.
shanghai modina hotel
View from the hotel room
We stayed at Shanghai Modena hotel for 4 nights. We had a loft room with two double bed – one at the top of a short flight of stairs. The room has a well equipped kitchenett which comes in handy.
The staff are friendly and efficient. Breakfast is good but not suitable for us hence why i choose a hotel next to Starbucks
The hotel location is good as it is right next to a shopping mall. This is a new brand by Frasers hospitality and I think its marketing positioning is good.
We arrived to the hotel at 8:30 am i wast so excited and curious couldn’t wait to explore the city. I was starting to wonder what Shanghai was all about, apart from luxury hotels and spas? so i called Catherine the tour guide and informed that i have arrived and i need to start my day. my mum and my sisters were so exhausted but i couldn’t wait honestly. so i booked her and the driver for 9 hours tour. and literally we covered everything during our first day. that was my plan get the touring done and leave the last 3 days for shopping and fun .
here are some attractions i mad sure to visit:
· City God Temple: This is a temple located in Shanghai, China, within the old walled city. Today the “City God Temple” not only refers to the large temple complex, but also the traditional district of commerce in the city, surrounding the temple. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, and most of these store buildings are nearly a century old. The temple connects to the Yuyuan Garden, another landmark of the old city. Built in 1403 during the Ming Dynasty, this walled city is a perfect example of classic Chinese architecture.
· Yu Garden: Yu Garden was first conceived in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan as a comfort for his father, the minister Pan En, in his old age. Pan Yunduan began the project after failing one of the imperial exams, but his appointment as governor of Sichuan postponed construction for nearly twenty years until 1577. The garden was the largest and most prestigious of its era in Shanghai. This garden was damaged in 1942 by the Japanese, but rebuilt after World War II. It was declared a national monument in 1982.
Islamic mosque we stopped at
· The Bund: This is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centers on a section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. The beautiful monuments and beautiful buildings will certainly make an impression on any visitor.
The view from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower
· Nanjing Road: Over 600 businesses on the road offer countless famous brands, superior quality, and new fashions. KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and other world-famous food vendors line both sides of the street. Upscale stores include Tiffany, Mont Blanc, and Dunhill. In addition, approximately a hundred traditional stores and specialty shops still provide choice silk goods, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks. Open-air bars, abstract sculptures, and lingering sounds from street musicians enhance evening strolls. Flashing neon signs illuminate the magnificent buildings and decorate the night skyline of this lively city.
· Xin Tiang Di: It is a fashionable pedestrian street composed of Shikumen and modern architecture style. Xin Tian Di is unique because of its concept of construction. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. On the other hand, its interior embodies a totally different world of international gallery, bars and cafes, boutiques or theme restaurants. When you walk into it, you will get the taste of both Shanghai in the 1920′s and the sonic modern lifestyle of urbanites of the 21st century.