would give us a ride into the city because she was going that way anyways…. For a small fee, of course. Us, being the savvy travelers that we are, did not fall for her crap and walked away towards the actual taxi drivers after her trying for a solid 2 minutes to get us into her car (kind of creepy). So, if you ever go to Shanghai, watch out for these “friendly airport employees” – trust me, it’s a scam. After finally getting an actual taxi, we got to our hotel at like 2am and went straight to bed. We were exhausted from 4 days in Hong Kong so trying to catch up on some sleep was necessary.
Important thing to know is that my boyfriend and I are fairly relaxed travelers. We don’t really wake up early to get a super early start to our day, as we wanted to relax during this mini vacation. Our first day, we woke up in-time for the breakfast the hotel offered and went back to our room after to hang out for a little bit longer before exploring the city (we probably fell back asleep). Around noon, we started our day, first stop being The Bund, the waterfront where you have an amazing view onto the skyline of Shanghai. It was superrrr windy and super cloudy (pollution) but the view was incredible. I never thought I would see this skyline in real life, so this was one of the most exciting things of this city trip.
After taking the usual millions of pictures, we walked along the waterfront towards the Yu Garden. We didn’t really know where we were going, making it a good way to explore all the little streets in that part of Shanghai. We walked through this tiny bamboo forest with a bunch of cats everywhere -- it was literally full of cats eating catfood.
We both decided on the Jing’an Temple, being one of the more popular temples in Shanghai (I think). We took our time as we explored the gorgeous temple, trying to see every part of
After snacking and shopping at Tianzifang, we had dinner in the French Concession which I am pretty sure is a very popular neighborhood for expats because that’s basically all we saw there. After 5 months of only Taiwanese and other Asian foods, I didn’t feel that bad for not fully taking advantage of the Chinese food Shanghai had to offer – that night, we had nachos at an Irish pub…. In China haha.