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Published: August 10th 2013
We all had a much needed sleep in this morning. Our room got up at 10.30. Laura, Jason and I went out for a walk to find somewhere for breakfast. We found a shop that was a cafe and bakery. We all managed to find something we wanted. I had pizza and a peanut butter sandwich! Followed by the best latte ever. The only thing that was really weird was that all the foods we picked were sugar coated!
After breakfast we went back to the hostel to meet with Jessie our new guide. Only 6 of us: Laura, Jason, Rob, Coralee, Adam and I, ended up going with her. We realised by the end of the day that having a smaller group was intact really beneficial. It was much more relaxed.
We set off for the Shanghai museum. It was really cool because of the air on. We are here in their hottest summer! I took quite a few pictures of the things I liked, especially the old paintings. From there we passed a fountain area. Rob and Adam tried to cross it and stay dry..... No chance.. Lol. They were soaked!
We then continued to People's
square and garden. Unbelievable..... Parents go there to advertise their child for a relationship. Hoping that they will marry an equal partner, ensuring security for their futures! ..... And the kids often don't even know! On the adverts it has age, height, weight, salary and other background info. I was shocked by all this, Jessie explained that because they can only have one child, they want the best for them! Whatever!!!
We set off walking again, this time through a market area that had very few tourists going through. Io ed the atmosphere that you felt as we rushed through. We arrived at Yu Gardens. Again, OMG...... I loved it there! I could have stayed all day, just meandering. I bought a calligraphy. We all agreed what a brilliant place this was.
We then took a bus to the riverside where we walked for about half an hour. We saw all the new really tall buildings which is known as the financial area. We went into the Hyatt hotel on the 32nd floor. For 100yuan you got entrance to the roof spa bar called Vue bar, and a champagne cocktail. It was really posh. But the best part
was the view of the Shanghai skyline at night.
No words can express how it felt to be sat, in person, looking at that! I think I have had the best day ever today! Good company, amazing city and a surreal experience! Out of all the places I have been so far, this is one that I would like to return to
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