My first time to Shanghai was an amazing experience. I was lucky enough to get a 6 day trip so there was plenty of time for being a tourist and exploring around.
After a long 10 and a half hour flight, seeing the wonderful bedroom was the best thing I had seen all day. I had left London on the Monday night and arrived in Shanghai tuesday evening so my body clock was all over the place. The room was nice and spacious, with an ensuite and mini kitchenette. Once I had settled into my room, myself and some of my colleagues went to the crew room for a few drinks before retreating to bed.
The next morning after having a lovely lie in. I met up with some of the crew and we walked to the markets that is behind the Science and Technology Museum. It was only a short 15 minute walk but Shanghai was currently going through one of their hottest heatwaves which made the walk uncomfortable. I was very thankful for the air con once we got inside the market.
I love going to the market in China as you can get yourself some amazing deals on almost anything that you want. I came with a list so I was sure not to go to overboard with the shopping. I was quite impressed with myself to be honest.
After a few hours shopping, we made that unbearable walk back to the hotel. I do love my sunshine but when its just hot and humid with no breeze then that is just not the lifestyle for me. Once we got back to the hotel, I had a quick nap before meeting in the crew lounge again that evening before going out to dinner.
For dinner that evening we decided to go to Tairyo Teppanyaki. I had never been to a Teppanyaki grill before so I was quite excited to try it. As I’m trying to stop eating red meat now I didn’t go for the full unlimited dish, instead I just chose a couple of dishes that they would cook for me separately on the grill. It was amazing to watch the food being cooked in front of you and seeing the sort of ingredients that they use.
It’s a good thing I chose my selected dishes because I was so full afterwards that I would have never finished the unlimited menu that most of the crew were eating but if you have a big appetite then its definitely something you should get and enjoy. At the end of the meal, they flame grilled a banana for you to eat which was so nice, all that was missing was ice-cream but trying to translate that was hard work (lol)!
After dinner it was then straight to bed as a couple of us had an early start to Disneyland the next day. We were told to arrive early as the queues can get large quite quickly which we did discover even though we got there before the gates even opened.
I had never been to any sort of disneyland or world so I was super excited for the day. I even purchased some signature minnie mouse ears to parade around in throughout the day. You won’t be the only one so don’t worry!
There were lots of rides and attractions which we managed to do all of in good time. It was definitely a good idea to get there early before the wait times increased, so if you do plan on going be prepared for an early start!
Once we finished for the day, we got the metro back to the hotel. It took around an hour but as it was so cheap we didn’t complain. The journey cost us around 50p each (we had got a taxi that morning to ensure we got there on time, that took about 25 mins and cost us £7 altogether).
Back at the hotel it was time for another nap again before the plans for that evening. We made our way to the Shangri-La hotel for some happy hour cocktails. The bar we went to was called Jade at 36. It feautured lovely views of the Shanghai skyline that we got to see while it was still light outside until it was dark and everything was lit up. We made it just in time for happy hour which is 5-7pm everyday, so that had me sold! To accompany the drinks, we had refillable olives and nuts.
After happy hour had finished we made our way to another restaurant to eat. It was another long walk in the heat (it didn’t seem to get any cooler during the night) but we eventually arrived at Grandma’s Kitchen, there is a couple of them and unfortunately I can’t remember which one of them that I went to but the food was amazing. If you’re not always keen on the typical chinese dish, you have the option for a few western versions to choose from that you would recognise. Once again I went for the prawn option with a side of rice which again was very filling so I have been quite lucky with my food options that trip.
Luckily where the restaurant was, just round the corner was where The Bund / Waitan is located by the waterfront. It’s the perfect location to take those instagram worthy photos of the Shanghai skyline, even more so at night when everything is lit up in different colours. So of course I got my fair share of pictures before we made our way back to the hotel.
The rest of my crew were leaving the next morning but I still had that whole day as I wouldn’t be leaving until late at night. However, I didn’t make much use of the day. It was literallly spent sleeping, eating and watching films. It did relax me for that 12 hour flight home mind you.
Thank you for a wonderful experience Shanghai, until next time!
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