I guess if you are from Timbuktu or Alaska, you might find all the new skyscrapers and traffic jams exciting, but to a world traveler like me, it is all very boring. People rave about the French Concession area but I guess these people have never seen Paris. The Bund is totally over-rated.
Of course the APPLE STORE was mobbed.
Nanjing road is kept super clean for the tourist but just stick your nose down any side ally to see Shanghai's underbelly.
I decided that the best way to see the city was on a bicycle, so I booked a tour with
4 hours cost 400rnb which is a tad expensive but then again China is no longer "cheap".
They picked me up at my hotel and off we went. My guide Stella was delightful but she was perplexed when I said I was not interested in seeing new buildings but wanted to see old Shanghai.
To furniture. I learned the difference between MING and QING furniture.
Ming is more utilitarian with beautiful clean lines.
Here is the main waiting room of the Shanghai's HONGQIAO train station at 6.30am
Another thing people point out is that Shanghai has great restaurants. Well, yes it does if you are willing to over pay for european food but it lacks good local/european restaurant with decent prices.
My perennial favorite is AZUL with its rooftop garden.
FERGUSON LANE, WUKANG ROAD 378, FLOOR 8, XUHUI DISTRICT.
Master chef Eduardo will have you clamoring for more of his delicious spanish tapas. His roasted baby pig is to die for!
Also check out his new neighborhood feeling Peruvian restaurant CEVICHE.
559 FUXING MIDDLE LU, LUWAN.TELE;5404 1052.
Another favorite is COCONUT PARADISE THAI CUISINE.
38 FUMIAN ROAD. TELE;62481998.
Situated in a delightful old house in the French Concession area.
Best hotel is the millennium Hongqiao Hotel. It has a great breakfast buffet, gym and pool.