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Shanghai Holiday Day 3 ~ 1st February 2007 Night

Jin Mao Tower – Pudong District

The Pudong and Puxi Districts in the heart of Shanghai, along with the Bund, displayed the might and beauty of Shanghai. These areas are a must for every traveller to visit and feel the beauty, culture, history and development of Shanghai.

We had dinner in one of the Shanghai suburbs, a food court in a shopping centre. Initially, I wasn’t too keen on the idea as I had enough of food courts in sunny Singapore. However, it wasn’t too bad after all, instead of paying at the food stalls, you had to purchase a pre-paid value card at the cashier before proceeding to order and pay for the food. The food had a fair bit of variety and it was pretty good. There was a Singapore food section in the food court too.

After that, we proceed to our destination for the night, Jin Mao Tower. Jin Mao Tower is a 88 storey building that stands tall and proud in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District. There are offices and the Grand Hyatt Hotel is also part of Jin Mao Tower from 53 to 87 floors. More information on Jin Mao Tower can be read from these 2 web links:

(1)Jin Mao Building – Wikipedia
(2)China Jin Mao Group Co Ltd

We landed on the 87th floor, a bar known as Cloud 9, it was a really very beautiful bar, with great views of the night sceneries of Shanghai. Although the minimum charge for visitors (non-hotel guests) was 120RMB + tax per person, it wasn’t going to spoil our night chill out. My cousin and her colleagues were also with us for the night and we had fun walking around the Cloud 9, enjoying the different views.

We had a great time, drinking and having some pretty desserts. A great place to chill out and unwind, we were there early (9pm++ approx) and it wasn’t too crowded yet. After 10pm, the crowds started strolling in and it became a lively bar.

Soon, it was time to go back, we stopped by on the 56rd floor of Grand Hyatt and looked up at the atrium, a “spiral cone” of the hotel section, a postcard picture that is a common sight in any tourist information. I would plan to visit the restaurants and cafe as well as the 88th floor, the Skywalk Observation Deck.

A great day 3, had enjoyed myself thoroughly.

Shanghai Holiday Day 1 ~ 30th January 2007

My Brief Travel Itinerary for Shanghai

Type of Holiday: Free and Easy
Flight: SQ 816
Dep: Singapore Changi Airport 0115 hrs
Arr: Shanghai Pudong International Airport 0620 hrs

I arrived in Pudong International Airport in the early morning of 30th January 2007 and I was feeling the coldness of the winter months. It was about 2 degrees Celsius ?, supposingly freezing conditions for tropical folks like us but I was enjoying it thoroughly.

While I was on the Boeing 777-300, I was watching movies and relaxing, great to be away from my work and just enjoying myself. This trip was made possible by my cousin who was on her project management regular trips to Shanghai, that resulted in me having “sponsored” accommodation and wonderful hosts and tour guides for my holidays.

We were received by my cousin’s company representative that picked us up and we were soon on our way to the company in Songjiang, about 30km southwest of Shanghai city. Travelling on the expressway, I had my first image of China, it is really very very big. Studying in Australia for my Bachelor was a very memorable experience and I appreciated the sheer land size ….. however, Shanghai, which is part of China, just is so much much bigger …… People who visited China would be able to share the same thoughts as me…..

Many different sights of Shanghai appeared while we were travelling on the road, new upcoming beautiful apartments, houses, Huangpu River, Xupu Bridge, farms, canals, boats…… A cultural experience and exchange is soon on the way

Upon reaching the office, I unloaded and unpacked my luggage, a quick wash up and off I went, visiting the world famous Pudong District of Shanghai. Travelling up along the financial district hub of Shanghai (& China), I was in awe of the size, modern high rise buildings and number of financial institutions (local and overseas) residing here. My first stop was Oriental Pearl TV Tower Oriental_Pearl_Tower . We bought the tickets that allowed us to visit all the various levels of the magnificient tower, the highest viewing point was 350m.

The weather in the morning was foggy and the day views when I was up there was clouded. On a clear day, it would be a very beautiful landscape. If you are in Shanghai, this landmark is a monument not to be missed. Besides that, when we finished visiting the different levels of the tower, we went to the ground floor and had a great time looking at the mini history museum, understanding Shanghai culutre better. My excellent tour guide was also on hand to explain some of their unique farming equipment.

We had our lunch and later went over to Puxi Disrict, on the opposite bank of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong District. Walking down the Bund, looking at the colonial buildings of great heritage, displays the historical pride of Shanghai in its early days. There were many people from all walks of life, taking photos of the Pudong District, relaxing, chatting and enjoying themselves.

I was there, along the beautiful Bund, an icon of Shanghai to the world. It was a great opportunity to put my Canon EOS 30D to the test and bring out my photojournalism skills to the next level. Taking many different photos and writing down my travelling and cultural experiences into my blog.

Returning back to Songjiang, a rest and shower, before heading for my first dinner in China. Great food but I wasn’t too used to their style of cooking (a bit too oily for me) at He Ji Restaurant. After that, we went to look at Songjiang city centre district and I had to admit that my initial opinions on Songjiang had changed. It is growing and it is a major industrial area hub (very similar to Tuas Industrial Estate w/ Jurong Housing Estate but twice or three times the size).

After a long day, I was knocked out, partly due to the fact that I hardly slept during my midnight flight. My Day 2 adventure would be starting soon.