The last stop before I started my summer school at Beihang was in Shanghai! What a city! You get a taste of European and western architecture with Chinese culture.
I was blown away by this city especially after travelling through some rural parts of china. This city is clean, modern yet full of history; definitely unique!
I started my trip in Pudong (the newer part of the city with all the skyscrapers) and felt like I was in New York City. The buildings are massive and the streets are systematic and very clean. I stopped for a much needed coffee from Starbucks (after two weeks without I was very excited) and hung out by the pearl!
Did you know; coffee was introduced into China the same time Starbucks started booming and most Chinese thought Starbucks invented coffee?
I then walked to the boardwalk along the river and got a beautiful view of the Bund!! (the older part of shanghai that is very european)
I then made my way to the other side of the river by the metro to get some skyline pictures of Pudong!
I made my way to the Yu Garden which has beautiful Chinese architecture with souvenir shop after souvenir shop. You can buy anything and everything. Just walking through and getting some fun food is worth the trip there.
After eating everything I saw I walked over to East Nanjing street where all the shopping is!
After shopping for a bit I walked over to People’s Square which was actually a lot less cool than I anticipated. Everyone says its the main spot when you go to Shanghai but there really isn’t much to do in the square. Plus, it is confusing to get there since there are only a few underground passages that have entrances to the park.
Also, if there is grass, do not expect to sit on it comfortably. There will be 10 security guards running to you blowing their annoying whistles if you put a single toe on the grass. This also goes for EVERY park in China. I consider this one of the many differences between China and Canada.
There are also lots of underground shopping near peoples square. Its great because everything is decently cheap compared to East Nanjing Street.
I then walked back tot he Bund to take some night pictures of the Pudong skyline. Unfortunately, that was the same time when the typhoon rolled in, so I could only get a blurry picture.
My second day in Shanghai was a memorable one. The day when the typhoon hit.
Good Part: There were no people on the streets so I could finally walk my own pace, change direction as I please and breathe easy. Also, the temperature was perfectly warm.
Bad Part: It was insanely windy and rainy. Umbrellas were useless and rain jackets pointless. I would have enjoyed the rain if it weren’t acidic and polluted.
Started my day at a cafe, the first cafe I have seen in China so I got very excited!
Then I made my way to the Urban Planning Exhibition in Peoples Square. My favourite part of the exhibition was the scaled model of the city!
I ended the day in a night market where there were tons of bars, restaurants and little boutiques! On my walk there I came across a scary looking building..