Shanghai for is a renowned international metropolis drawing attention from all over the world. Situated on the tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in China. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. From the hotel in Jing An, I used Uber to travel to the Bund. The journey time was 15 minutes and cost me 20 Chinese Yuan (Approximately 150 pesos). Uber also works in China! However, the Uber app in China is in Chinese NOT English (with no option to switch to English – either that or I was not technologically savvy enough to figure it out). Good thing the hotel staff helped me navigate the app and TADA! I arrived in the BUND.
I decided to explore the area. The architecture of the buildings and structures are remarkably European in style and very picturesque. I did not expect this sort of architecture in Asia – I had seen glimpses of this in Hong Kong (the judicial courts and government buildings), but this concentration of colonial buildings surprised me. I should have realized this was to be expected of Shanghai as the British and French occupied this part of the city for almost a hundred years up until the Second World War.
On my way back to the hotel, I was about to try my luck again with an Uber. Yet again, I was super confused with the Chinese characters so I decided to search for a taxi stand and line up to wait for traditional taxi. When it was my turn and I got into the taxi, I informed the driver to take me to the Jing An Shangri-La hotel where I was staying. Not knowing a single word of Chinese, communication between the taxi driver and I was not easy. I showed him my Shangri-La key card and even spoke in English very slowly. However, he just looked at it and had a very confused look to his face – he almost looked constipated. Then to my surprise, he asked me to leave his taxi. I felt rejected but at the same time, I completely understood. During my second attempt to get a taxi, I again tried to explain where I was going but the same thing happened. I almost expect the second taxi driver to ask me to leave but then a brainwave came to me – I decided to search for Jing An Shangri-La in Yahoo (since there's no Google in China, more about that later). I found the address in Chinese characters and showed it to him! Yay! We were on our way home. Sigh! Thank god, I was so relieved and whilst inside the taxi, I was constantly looking outside to see if there were any familiar places to make sure we were on the right track. The taxi driver charged me 50 Chinese Yuan, approximately P450 pesos.
In Shanghai, Uber is way cheaper compared to taxis.
I spent three days two night at the Jing An Shangri-La, located in the Jing An Business District, one of Shanghai’s most prestigious and fashionable business and commercial districts. It is a 45-minute drive from Pudong International Airport. The hotel has amazing rooms with great amenities. Very luxurious. Food and restaurants are of an excellent quality. I would highly recommend the TSURU Restaurant. It is on the second floor of the hotel and features classic Japanese Kaiseki cuisine. Sashimi there is very fresh (as fresh as Yakumi at Solaire Manila) although somewhat pricey.
The Room is simple and elegant. Its interior design suits the needs of the modern traveler and provides stunning views of the city – I was on the 57th floor!
The bathroom floor ostensibly appeared like an ordinary marble bathroom but I was about to be shocked… The marble floor was heated!!! I am so amazed. Hahaha (first time to experience this kind of hotel feature) hahaha also the bathroom mirror has a built-in LED clock and 15-inch LCD television, so perfect if you want to take a tub bath while watching your favorite shows.
Three days of no Facebook Instagram and Snapchat. (Banned in China). How can one live without these apps/sites nowadays!! I found myself in a major crisis. lol just kidding I kept myself busy by swimming and working out at the gym. It gave me time to discover and love myself more. Because these days, people are so addicted to social media and other technology gadgets that they forget to see what matters most in life and to just enjoy life and what's given to us.
Steps away from the hotel is the Jing An Temple and the famous Nanjing Road shopping. Roaming around the area with a little bit of knowledge about the Chinese language is helpful (simple phrases like Ni hao, pangyao and xiexie) plus of course my app translator or sign language perhaps. Hahaha
I also went to the department store and had so much fun inside.
Until my next adventure blog!! ❤