Vibrant Shanghai: Part 4

We had our lunch at a restaurant and everyone was so surprised when the food was served.

Aunt#1: “Yuckss!!! What dish is this? Very hard to chew la!!!”

Aunt#2: “Oh shit… this one also lar.. wtf!!”


Mum: “Food tastes so bad but we don’t have choice, so faster eat la. We’re running out of time.”

Me: “Want meh? Nice to see, but hard to eat wor! But I’m hungry, so eat first, die later!”

I was like experiencing culture shock. Everything seemed to be different from what we have back in our own yard. I began to worry since we have to “endure” 7 more torturous days!

We hurriedly took our lunch and proceeded to a place called Soong Sisters Mausoleum. Practically, there was nothing to see except some memorial plagues and a nicely kept garden. Next to it was a building which housed feng shui stuffs like jade carvings and so on. Besides, they gave talk on how feng shui affects our everyday lives. I was so tempted and finally bought an orange lion jade.

We moved on to proceed to Shanghai Bund and Nanjing Road. The sky has turned dark although it was just 5.30pm. Over the streets, there were lots of cars, pedestrians and also bicycles. After half an hour ride, the bus finally reached Shanghai Bund. It was raining (it hadn’t stop raining since morning) and armed with umbrellas, we made our way to Nanjing Road by foot.

China’s premier shopping street, 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan’an West Street. Today Nanjing Road is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.

We walked down the street slowly trying to absorb everything surrounding us. We also walked past Peace Hotel, the hotel used during the filming of famous drama “Shanghai Beach”. Practically, rain didn’t allow us to stroll further down the street. So, we just hang around and I bought wool sweater for just RM 50.

When everyone was back, we walked back to Shanghai Bund to snap some photos.

The Bund, also called the Zhongshan Road, is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It starts from the Baidu Bridge, which is at the connecting point of the Huangpu River and the Suzhou Creek, to the East Jinling Road and winds a 1500 meters (less than one mile) length. Walking along the Bund, which is at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side and also the Jin Mao Tower.Being one of the Top Ten Shanghai Attractions, the Bund is a really beautiful and special place which is worth visiting. The newly-built Flood Control Bank takes the function of preventing the oversize flood; the square with the statue of Marshal Chen Yi is an open air podium which gives new views of the Shanghai Plaza Culture; the Cenotaph which stands on the man-made island is a monument of people’s heroes; the riverside greenbelt, the Electronic Waterfall Bell, and the Great Mural Carving are all representatives of the Bund.

It was cool, windy and coupled with slight rain, so it was impossible for us to stand there for so long. I was so disappointed because it had ruined some opportunities for me to take photos.

Shanghai Bund

The Bund

The other side of Shanghai

We were scheduled for boat cruise along Huangpu River to catch some glimpses of Old and Modern Shanghai from the boat. The cruise was worthwhile as we could see most part of Shanghai and it also offered me some good photography opportunities. The cruise lasted for roughly 45 minutes. We then headed for dinner and we almost gulped down everything on the table because we were hungry. It was 10.30pm when we checked into the hotel and thus ending our first day, half dead! 😛


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A travel addict and food junkie. When he is not traveling, he loves penning his thoughts on his latest adventures, whether food, places or anything that fascinates him. His travelogues often include intriguing photos that capture the moments as he believes a photo speaks thousand words.

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