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Published: June 15th 2010
Today, we flew to Shanghai from Shenzhen on China Eastern Airlines. Like all the flights we’ve taken out of Shenzhen Airport, our flight was delayed by about an hour, but luckily had no other problems. We were even given a pretty decent meal on board. Take that, airlines in the USA!
We landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport close to 2pm, and immediately made our way towards the metro, as it is newly expanded to reach all the way out to the airport, a good hour journey away from the city. You could tell the metro was brand new- it was sparkling clean and even smelled good! J It only cost us 7 RMB (1 USD) to go all the way from the airport to our final stop, which was amazing. The Shenzhen metro is currently being expanded like crazy, but it can cost 3RMB to go a fairly short distance, so Shanghai impressed us immediately. Of course, we had to remember that most of the impressive things about Shanghai were due to the fact that the city has been rapidly undergoing change and growth these last few years just to prepare for the World Expo.
We checked into our hostel, the Le Tour Shanghai Youth Hostel, a bit outside of the main city center and immediately just settled into our room for a bit, before wandering back out to take the metro ‘downtown’. Our friends C&J had visited back in January, and told us about an amazing vegetarian restaurant, so that’s the first stop we made. Gongdelin Vegetarian Restaurant (or Godly Restaurant, as the signs say) is in the ‘People’s Square’ area of town, known for lots of fancy hotels and high-end shopping. After a dinner full of faux-meatballs, sweet&sour ‘chicken’, a taro&pumpkin in sesame sauce dish and some broccoli filled dumplings, we were satisfied and ready to explore the city a little bit more before bed. We simply walked around, enjoying the views of People’s Park nearby and the pedestrian-only road of Nanjing East, lined with shops and eateries- everything from Subway & Pizza Hut to the most authentic Chinese places you can find.
As we had headed out of the metro area, we saw a place selling bubble tea and decided to get some. It was AMAZING. The chocolate bubble tea we’ve had all year in Shenzhen is good, but definitely doesn’t measure up to what we had both in Taiwan and then now in Shanghai.
After Martin took some pictures using his tripod in the park and we walked around a bit, we decided to call it an early night and go back to the hostel for some internet time and a Tsingtao. Our hostel provides a nice common room downstairs with tons of movies, so we ended the evening watching part of ‘American Wedding’.
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