Most people just want to go up the Burj Khalifa in Dubai because it is the highest building in the world, but Shanghai Tower’s observatory deck is actually a little bit higher than Burj Khalifa’s. And after seeing the views from both towers, I can say that the view over Shanghai is more amazing!
As you could read in my previous post, I have landed in Shanghai very late in the evening and fell into bed like a corpse. Still, I had to wake up early to get some things done like exchange some money and do some shopping.
Anyway, when I finally had my kuais, I was ready to throw’em up for some seriously fun activities, because that what you have to do when in Shanghai.
1. Have a fancy brunch:
I went to the Bund to admire the beauty of Shanghai, before heading to have breakfast somewhere.
I didn’t have to look for too long. I found a cute but fancy looking cafe at the Bund 18 building which also houses some of the most famous locations in Shanghai including Mr. and Mrs Bund, Hakkasan, Bar Rouge, and my destination, L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon.
I saw from the outside, that it looked extremely yummy and fancy, so I went inside and asked about the place. The nice young lady explained to me that I would have to sit down inside in the lobby and they would serve me. If I wanted to take something away, I could do it at her location which was more like a cute little cafe. I wanted to sit down, so I headed to the lobby. It wasn’t filled, since it was around 12 at noon. The young man who served me was very polite and nice.
I opted for a savoury crepe filled with poached eggs and salmon, white tea, and for dessert, a lychee cake.
Unfortunately, when I was finished with my cake, I had to leave. I was so impressed by this cafe/restaurant, that I wished to eat here again soon. They also have an afternoon tea package which I was actually craving, but they only offered it at 2pm. It was too late for me, since I was desperately craving some breakfast. Next time, I will surely come back.
2. Have duck for dinner:
Peking duck is actually a top activity for Beijing, but guess what, you can have good duck almost everywhere in China, especially in the biggest city that is Shanghai. My friend Ana arrived at my hotel at around 5pm. We got ready, and headed for dinner. The restaurant we went to is on Nanjing Road. When you walk from East Nanjing Road to West Nanjing Road, it is in one of the side streets on the left side of the street.
We also ordered some green veggies, and the duck was just heavenly, as always <3
3. Visit Shanghai Tower, the second tallest tower in the world:
Shanghai Tower has been opened to the public in summer 2016, a few months after I have left China, so I promised myself to climb up that big boy when I’d come back next time. Who thought it would be so soon?
So, after dinner we took the metro to Lujiazui, took some photos on the way and got our entrance tickets. It was surprisingly well-priced. Way cheaper than the other towers which is very strange since the Shanghai Tower is the largest, newest, and the one from where you can get amazing views on all the important landmarks like the Oriental Pearl Tower or the Bottle Opener.
Before you took the elevator up to the observatory platform, there was an exhibition of the story of Shanghai’s skyline, and also of the Shanghai Tower. They also had models of one of the tallest and most famous landmarks in the world, like the Shard in London, The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur or the Burj Khalifa. It was really interesting and amazing of the Shanghai Tower to offer something like that, because most of the time, you only get the entrance to the platform and nothing more.
After getting smarter, we finally went to the elevator and waited to be taken upstairs. When we the elevator doors opened and released us, I coudn’t believe the view I saw. It was breath-taking and I didn’t know what to say anymore. I was making noises with my mouth and Ana thought I was disappointed, but I just couldn’t believe. Words can’t describe, so here are some of the probably most amazing pictures I had ever taken.
I still have many more photos on my laptop, but I’d have to create an album for them all.
4. Enjoy the evening view at a rooftop bar:
My choice was, again, Bar Rouge. I have already been there twice, but I never got the chance to admire the view over the Bund from there. Plus, the drinks are delicious and the people who visit that bar are always nice and ready to party.
For a tuesday evening, it was quite full, but we found some seats outside. We were sitting with our coats on, talking, and enjoying our drinks. Probably one of the best bar evenings I had so far.
So this was it! My short but amazing wrap up of my second last day in China.
I hope you enjoyed the post and the pictures.
What is your most favourite rooftop bar? Let me know in the comments!
The next post is going to be a fun ride! I am not saying anything more, it’s gonna be a surprise.
Until then, thanks for reading and travelling with me!