This past weekend was a long weekend because of the public holiday, Labor Day. So, I decided to take a weekend trip to Shanghai, China. The previous weekend was my birthday so treated this mini trip as a birthday present to myself! My friend, Susan, raves about Shanghai and I was compelled to go. Shanghai is pretty similar to Hong Kong in the sense that it is a metropolitan city. The skyline is painted with many different skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai Tower. I was lucky enough to have such clear, blue skies when I went to the Bund to check out the skyline.
The weather was just absolutely beautiful when I went so I spent majority of the weekend walking around as well. Unfortunately, it was a busy weekend as well due to the long weekend. I visited Old Town where the Yu Gardens are and it was completely packed. While the Yu Gardens are beautiful, I found myself getting frustrated with the shoving and pushing of the tourists in the Gardens and in the shops surrounding the area. However, my spirits were lifted when I left the area and headed to the French Concession.
The French Concession area is amazing and my absolute favorite area of Shanghai. I spent most of my time in the Fuxing Park as well as just walking around the streets and looking at all the different cafes. It has such a relaxed and chill vibe that you can't help but feel at peace. It was so great that I went the following day as well!
Later that night, I met up with Gabby's sister, Clarissa, and we went to dinner at Yan's Dumplings, a popular chain with famous soup dumplings. It was my favorite meal in Shanghai and it was only about $3 USD. Afterwards, we headed to another area called Tianzifang. This area has a lot of shops and restaurants with a log of novelty items. It's kind of closed off so it feels as if it is its own little city. I also enjoyed this area too and ended up coming back the following evening.
Besides going back to the French Concession and Tianzifang, I went to the Urban Planning Exhibition. It was actually really interesting and I found myself staying there for about 2 and a half hours. You learn about Shanghai but in a really interesting way and from a different perspective, which I thought was cool.
Overall, I had a great weekend! The weather was beautiful and the food was cheap but I couldn't get over being stared at. That made me pretty uncomfortable and enjoyed coming back to Hong Kong where expats and foreigners don't phase the locals.
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