The second day of our tour was spent around Shanghai itself. Because our flight back home was early the next day, we started late so that our driver and Mr. Michael could drop us off at the Maglev station at the end of the trip instead of back at the hotel. We wanted to go straight to the airport and wait out our flight there.
Anyway, the first stop was Yu Yuan Garden, which is the oldest and biggest garden in Shanghai. Outside the garden itself were a lot of stores selling trinkets and other things, and also fast food restaurants. It sort of reminded me of Intramuros actually. Outside was a bit chaotic with all the people doing their shopping plus tourists going into the garden, but inside the garden itself was peaceful.
Next stop as at a local park in the former French Concession Area. One thing I realized about the people in Shanghai is that they really like parks. This stop was supposed to be done in the morning, because in the mornings, a lot of senior citizens flock to the parks to do their Tai Chi. Well, some of them do Tai Chi, some of them do dancing. 🙂 Because we went there in the afternoon, we didn’t get to see a lot of seniors. There were still some of them though — doing yoga, reading on a park bench, playing card games, flying kites… Basically, they were just enjoying a lazy afternoon in the park. I really would’ve wanted to stay longer and just hangout, my dad didn’t want to go down from the car for this stop, so we had to rush because he was waiting for us.
We stopped at another place whose name I couldn’t remember. (Sorry, I have really bad memory!) I remember it being a compound filled with cafes and small stores that sell anything and everything! I remember buying our pasalubongs there, while Papa and Mr. Michael were waiting for me and my sister at the nearby mall.
Afterwards, we went again to The Bund, walked around a bit, and rode a ferry to cross the river to our next stop, the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone. Here we took lots and lots of photos of the marvelous architecture of the buildings and towers!
To end the day, we headed out to the riverside again and just took photos of the skyline while the sun was setting. 🙂 (A lot of those photos were jumpshots and failed jumpshots, which of course, I will not be posting anywhere. Hahaha.)
We had dinner at a Banana Leaf in the nearby mall. Yeah, I know. Such a boring choice for our last dinner in Shanghai, but Papa wanted something familiar and he has had about enough of chopsticks. 😦 Anyway, it was amazing because we met fellow Filipinos who were working there! They entertained us while eating, and they even gave us a discount. 🙂 Filipino hospitality truly knows no bounds! 🙂
Finally, Mr. Michael and our driver brought us to the Maglev station which was just close to Lujiazui. Whatever they said about the Maglev was true — it was like riding an airplane before takeoff!
We spent about 8 hours in the airport waiting for our flight, which was delayed. I ended up getting some studying done too!
Anyway, there you go! Shanghai, China — check! On to more destinations! 🙂