The Chinese New Year is vastly approaching. In celebration for the upcoming year of the horse, I will be posting a number of Chinese themed posts.
Shanghai a modern metropolis, with a bended traditional fusion bubbling under the surface. This large city, filled with plenty of attractions and great shopping and dining options to satisfy a range of travelers.
When arriving in Shanghai, my first port of call was the French concession. Not exactly sure what to expect when visiting this old district, i was pleasantly surprised. With a maze of small streets containing a mixture of traditional restaurants and boutique shops, an interesting way to spend a morning. As a top tourist spot the prices of both the food and prices within the shops, are noticeably inflated to those found elsewhere within the city, making shopping off-limits for the money conscious backpacker.
Before dinner after the sun had gone down theres nothing better than strolling down the Bund. From the Bund you can look across the water to Pudong and across the road from the waterside is a selection of gorgeous gothic buildings. Strolling down the Bund is popular with tourists and locals and is best experienced at night.
Day 2 in Shanghai started off with a stroll round People’s Square, a perfect spot to sit back and watch locals going about their day.
A must needed trip to the Old Town allows you to experience the China that we all imagine. Strolling round the busy lanes, popping into antique shops and trying the different cuisine available at different café windows. Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar is a great expeience with its temples and fish filled ponds. Needing to rest your feet, stop by a teahouse to recover before.