So now that we have been back in the States for a few weeks, I can definitely say Shanghai was my favorite part of the trip. I think it was partially because it reminded me of New York with its beautiful skyline, amazing restaurants and variety of markets.
We arrived Friday night and were so excited to be staying at the beautiful Westin on the Bund. We quickly settled in and filled ourselves up with some appetizers and drinks at hotel bar and headed out to explore the town. As we walked out of the hotel we saw some street vendors making some excellent stir fry. Then our first stop was the Waldorf-Astoria where we had some delicious martinis, heard some great jazz and met a lot of nice people. There are a lot of Americans and Europeans in Shanghai that are very friendly and willing to share their favorite things to do in the city. After the Waldorf, we headed over to the Hyatt, where there was an INCREDIBLE roof top bar with a view of the Bund and the skyline that was absolutely breathtaking. There was also a hot tub on the roof and lots of people were just dangling their feet in it. So that about wraps up night one.
We started off our second day by meeting our friends Corrie and Jake who live in Shanghai at the Jing An Temple. It was really beautiful and gave us a great taste of the religious culture in China. After the temple, we had a great lunch in a restaurant tucked away behind a shoe store. After lunch the boys and girls split up. The boys got massages and went to the bar while the girls went to the pearl and jade market, where we got some great deals on some beautiful jewelry for some gifts (and of course a little something for ourselves). Then we ended day two with an unforgettable dinner at Mr. and Mrs. Bund. Mr. and Mrs. Bund is a top 100 restaurant in the world. At dinner, the highlight was definitely the foie gras.
On our last day we explored a local market called Tianzafung where we found a great place for delicious organic food as well as a lot of unique stores - handmade furniture, silk scarves, tea sets, fans…Then after the market, we had such a treat, Corrie and Jake invited us over to their Shanghai apartment for a BBQ. Their neighborhood reminds me of SoHo with a lot of smaller older buildings and cute local stores, there was even a great fresh market across the street from them. We ended the night watching fireworks from a nearby wedding and getting a lot of great pirate DVDs for the flight home (which we didn’t watch).
So that just about sums it up. Hope you enjoyed coming with us on our journey across China.