Grateful to be alive, we gathered our luggage and found a taxi to take us to our hotel. It took about 45 minutes to get where we are staying (near the Bund), and there was a little TV in the backseat giving English lessons to passengers. I learned that Americans call "elevators" "'vators" for short. Who knew? :)
We arrived at our hotel, and I have to say, it's out-of-this-world gorgeous! It's foggy/smoggy here, so I stole an exterior picture from the website:
The lobby (also a stolen photo from the website).
Josh was really jazzed about the shower. It faces this huge window that has an amazing view of the city.
Okay, my favorite part. We are on the 40th floor with an absolutely killer view!
Josh was also super jazzed on the view.
Next, it was time to eat! We found this fabulous buffet close by. I was starving (hence the massive plate). The best things? A four-way tie between the crab, the Peking duck, the noodles, and the little salmon cake.
So, after we dropped off our bags, it was time to venture out!
Shanghai is absolutely incredible! I have heard it described as "Art Deco meets The Jetson's . . . on speed." It's much more condensed than Beijing, with tons of skyscrapers and flashing lights. It's absolutely spectacular!
Since we only had a few hours left in the day, we set out to do some of the famous Shanghainese shopping I had heard so much about!
First stop: Raffles. It is a seven-storey high mall with tons of little shops and clothing stores. I snapped this one picture, but then a guard came by and scolded me and told me "No photo!" Whoops.
We didn't buy anything and spent only a few minutes wandering. Then, we were back on the street, headed for Plaza 66.
A quick snapshot of the street (another foggy/smoggy day in China).
Our hotel peaking out from behind an old church.
So, like I said, our next stop was Plaza 66. Plaza 66 is an absolutely decadent shopping mall, complete with every major designer you can imagine (Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, YSL, Chanel, etc.). We strolled and did some people watching.
After, we just kind of wandered around, poking in some shops and enjoying the slightly cooler weather (although, I was still dripping it was so humid).
Getting closer to our hotel and right by People's Plaza.
Back at the hotel, we rested our tired feet and I did a little bathtub laundry. We just ordered some room service, and I am currently looking out at the most spectacular scene. I tried to take a picture of our view at night, but I can't seem to get a clear photo through the glass at night. It is like something out of a movie: a thousand sparkly lights, flashing banners, huge television screens mounted to the sides of skyscrapers, and the glitter of hundreds of cars zipping around the city. I could sit here and stare all night.
But, I need my beauty rest. We are meeting our guide tomorrow morning to do a full-day tour of Shanghai. Tomorrow should be a bit more action-packed (and, therefore, more photos)! More updates to follow soon!