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!
After this one-week trip, the end of my stay in China was slowly approaching. Right after my trip to Hong Kong, I still had one night to sleep in my room back at home, but the next afternoon which was a Sunday, we had already our next train going to Shanghai. Our group this time should be a very different one. Ana and me have gone on weekend trips to Shanghai or Hangzhou already, but Josie and Ale never joined us, so that was a first time for the four of us. Although I wished that the others could have joined us as well, it was still a nice way spending my second last weekend away with my friends.
On my very last weekend in China, I was also invited to Shanghai by some new friends I met.
In this post, I will just point out what you can do on two Sunday/Mondays in Shanghai:
Have dinner at the top rated restaurant on Tripadvisor:
Since Ana and me discovered this turkish restaurant Efes after our spring festival holiday, we were certain to tell the others about it and make them try it as well. Especially with our foodie friends Josie and Ale, it was a must.
Have you last fancy drink at Bar Rouge:
After our dinner, we went straight to the Bund to have some drinks at Bar Rouge. That was the second time at that bar for me now, and the drinks are still one of the best I have had so far.
Go to the foreign language bookstore:
On Monday, when we had our train back to Yuyao in the late afternoon, we still had some time left to do some shopping. Ana had to go to the embassy, Ale wanted to meet up with a friend and Josie and me went shopping. We split up as well. She had to go to Sephora and Nike and I wanted to get a new book from the foreign language bookstore that was just down the street from our hostel.
But none of this could happen without having proper breakfast first.
Stroll through Yuyuan Garden:
I have been to Shanghai so many times, but only on my last weekend in China did I have the possibility to see the Yuyuan Garden and stroll through its streets there. It’s the perfect place to try street food and buy souvenirs. But the architecture looks awesome as well. It is a great spot for photo opportunities.
Try Stinky Tofu:
During my stay in China, I swore to myself that I would never ever try Stinky Tofu, no matter what. But then my friends craved it when strolling through Yuyuan Garden, so I said “yolo” why not? My final thoughts are: Try it, because it basically tastes like nothing. You might like it. I will not eat it again, because I didn’t like the texture and the aftertaste is just exactly like the smell. Not nice.
Visit a Jazz Bar:
On my very last evening in Shanghai, we visited the Jazz Bar that is right in front of the Captain Hostel which is called House of Blues & Jazz. That was my third time there, and it is weird that none of the times, none of us had actually thought about taking a photo there. A shame. It is a great bar and the people who go there really go for the music, to dance and just to enjoy the moment. It is not at all pretentious.
Because I don’t have any photos of the Jazz Bar, here is a photo of a stranger having a monkey pet we saw on the street when walking to the bar.
When thinking back of that time, I was having mixed feelings. Both happy and sad about returning to Germany, to start a new life as I imagined, and sad about leaving my new friends and beautiful China behind. I do have a new life now, but it is not as I imagined. I am still struggling to fit in, and I miss Asia, especially China so much that it actually hurts.
I don’t know what the future will bring, but I still have one last post left which will be dedicated to the last parties in Yuyao.
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!
Not only one week after my trip to Shanghai, I was about to visit that city once again, but this time just for one reason: Party.
Our friend Ana was leaving for her summer vacation so we all had a goodbye party since some of us wouldn’t see her again after she’d come back.
We were 8 people on the train and we had a lot of fun pre-gaming and playing Never Have I Ever.
When we arrived in Shanghai and checked in at our hostel, we continued our pre-gaming. We had already decided upon a club, which would be Mint Club.
In this post, I will introduce some clubs I have visited during my 10-month stay in China.
Let’s start with our pick for the night:
1. Club Mint Situated close to Nanjing Dong Lu (East Nanjing Road), it is quite central and easy to find (not at least for the huge building which reads M1nt on it).
This is a very fancy club with a dress code. Men can’t wear sneakers or short trousers. By that, you can expect to find expats working as models and chinese new riches alike in this club.
The most famous characteristic of this club is its shark tank though. That was the reason for us to go there in the first place as well.
Another good side about this club is the service and its drinks. Some of them might be a bit too strong, and some might be too expensive, water for example, but most of them are excellent. On the main floor, the music is either electronic or a mix of party hits. On the lounge floor they usually play R’n’B or Hip Hop.
2. Bar Rouge This Bar/Lounge which turns into a club in the late night hours, can be found right at the Bund. This club is famous for its view on Pudong and its fancy, but wild parties. Another treat for me to come back to this club are the delicious cocktails. Again, they are a bit more expensive than in usual clubs in China, but considering the location and the quality, I am always willing to pay for 1 or 2 drinks here. The music here is usually a mix of party hits.
3. Club Fusion
This is one of the smaller clubs in Shanghai, but nonetheless popular, especially among young people who just wanna have a good time. The location is not quite central, so be prepared to take a taxi there (and don’t forget to have the chinese adress ready). The music is a mix of famous radio and party hits and electronic music.
4. Myst Club This club is another small-room club which is popular for its Star-DJ’s that perform in this club. Again, taking a taxi to this club might be better if you’re staying in the city centre, although it is not very far away. The music is a good mix of party hits, and of course, electronic. The audience is mostly chinese than expats, especially when compared to other clubs like Mint or Bar Rouge. But the people are all very friendly and intend to party and dance.
This was my short wrap-up of the clubs and bars I have visited in Shanghai, not in one night of course. Of course, you can combine 2 or 3 of these clubs and bars in one night if you are adventurous enough :D
My favourite Bar is definitely Bar Rouge. Next time I go to Shanghai, I will surely go there again.
In that week I was anticipating my first trip to Shanghai. I should be meeting an old friend of mine there who I used to know from uni. He studies chinese and was just doing his study abroad in Beijing. For his last few days he would be staying in Shanghai together with his girlfriend who came to visit him in China.
I was really excited since it would be my first time in such a big city, to be exact, one of the biggest and the most populated city in the world as I found out.
Friday, July 24th:
After I left work at 4pm, I quickly left for the train station. Since it was still new to me to travel by train in China, I was a bit nervous that I would miss the train, but I didn’t.
I finally arrived in Shanghai when it was already evening, so the streets were all lit up, and crowded. I can’t describe how positively overwhelmed I felt when I first had a glance at this bright, colourful street of Nanjing Lu. I was nervous and a bit anxious, but at the same time I was so excited to spend time in that gorgeous metropolis.
After appreciating the view, I started to look for my hostel called Captain Hostel. It wasn’t hard to find since it was close to the shopping street and to the Bund. I had to share a dorm with other people of course, but it was really comfortable and the people kept to themselves.
My friend texted me already and told me that they were at KTV and I should take a taxi and join them. I actually wanted to, but I was really exhausted and wanted to take a shower (which I had to give up in the end, because they didn’t have slippers at the hostel and I forgot mine). So instead, I checked out the hostel’s rooftop bar which was supposed have a great view over Pudong and the Shanghai Skyline and I can assure you that it didn’t disappoint. I took my camera and got upstairs. And it really was breathtaking. Look at that:
I have seen many pictures of different skylines around the world, but I never imagined that they could all look so boring and dull compared to the colorful, bright skyline of this city called Shanghai. I immediately fell in love with the view and couldn’t wait for the next day already.
After lingering there for about 15 minutes and just enjoying the sight, I went to my room again and fell asleep immediately.
Saturday, July 25th:
I woke up early that morning to go and find slippers for the shower. I was feeling so disgusted. You have to know that it was in the middle of summer, and travelling always ended up to be a sweaty activity. I was optimistic that I would find a pair of slippers right away, but I was wrong. When I left the hostel, it was about 8am, but the shops were all closed, and there weren’t any street vendors either which I saw the last night when I arrived. I was desperately walking around Nanjing Lu, the main shopping street with all the malls and stores. Although I was feeling a little bit stupid, I managed to discover Shanghai a little bit more. When I realized that most shops would open at 9.30 the earliest, I decided to get breakfast at Starbucks. There was one with a rooftop sitting space where I could enjoy another view of Shanghai:
In the end, I did manage to buy slippers and take a shower in the end. Finally, I was ready for the day so the first thing on my list was to see the Bund. It was quite a nice day, sunny, but a little bit foggy, though. Still I was able to take some really nice pictures:
It was also insane how many chinese tourists wanted to take a picture with me. I thought it wouldn’t be that extreme in Shanghai because there are also many foreigners living there, but it seems like the amount of chinese tourists in Shanghai is bigger than the amount of foreign tourists :’D
After my little tour alone on the Bund, I prepared to meet my friend at about 3pm at the People’s Square. He described me the place and I went there. Because I still had some time, I stopped at the Korean cosmetic shop Etude House which was close to the Metro Station in Nanjing Lu. I bought a Mascara there (which is pretty amazing) and some face masks.
It felt really funny to meet an old friend from back home in that huge metropolis after some years. It also felt really weird to be speaking german again.
We walked around the People’s Square a little bit which is a little park famous for its old-fashioned dating platform run by single people’s parents attempting to find a good match for their children. It was fun observing the people and “reading” the signs :D
After that small entertainment, we went to Nanjing Lu and ate Sushi in a quite luxurious mall. But they gave us a red bean dessert for free so the high prices were acceptable.
When we came out the mall, we realized that it was raining cats and dogs and none of us had umbrellas. We bought some cheap ones and walked around the street a bit more. We decided to buy some alcohol for our little night out later in a club called Mint which had a shark tank. But I still haven’t been at the Bund during the evening, so we went there, took some pictures and headed to my hostel to get ready and have some drinks on the rooftop.
Soon, another friend joined us as well and we headed to the club.
When we finally entered the club, we had a first look at the shark tank. My friend was a bit disappointed because the sharks were quite small, but I liked it.
f you go to Mint, you have to make sure that you look nice. Plus, you should probably turn down your thirst a little bit, since the drinks are not the cheapest. There are 2 floors there, one main floor which usually plays electronic music, and one lounge which is more relaxed with hip hop and r’n’b tunes. I really enjoyed the latter one, but only towards the end of the night, when there were not many people.
At past 3 am the club was getting emptier already. Don’t expect to have a crazy night out in this club. You probably won’t find alcohol corpses, but chinese new riches and bored-looking foreigners. It is a good club if you want to have a relaxed night.
When we left the club, I was already feeling sad that I had to leave the next day. I realized that I really enjoyed Shanghai.
Sunday, July 26th:
I woke up a bit earlier that day, considering that I had a night out the day before. Before I checked out from the hostel, I realized that they were sending out future postcards if you bought one. So I did it. I wrote a postcard to my future self and put my card on the shelf of may 7th. That is such a cool idea, that I had to do it, and it was quite cheap as well. Now, I can’t wait for my postcard to arrive in Germany this year :)
Anyway, I headed out to the Metro Station and went to Liujaizuo, the financial district which has all the famous skyscrapers there. I though I could walk around the Oriental Pearl Tower and maybe find the Disney Store. I found both. The Orient Pearl Tower was too expensive to get up to, and too crowded. You would have to stand in line for 5 hours probably. Since I didn’t have the time, I first visited the Disney Shop which turned out to be a bit expensive as well.
The elevator was pretty fast, too. Actually, that was an interesting fact about that tower as well. When we arrived at the top, it was pretty narrow to walk around. There were many people taking photos, so it wasn’t hard to ask someone for pictures, plus, look at the view:
I didn’t have a lot of time left in Shanghai anymore, so I met my friend for the last time and we walked around the Greenbelt – a park in the middle of the financial district. It was nice to have such a beautiful green oasis in the middle of some of the world’s highest towers. If you go to Shanghai, make sure to visit this place full of contrasts:
Although it was only 2 days, I was happy to be able to spend some time with an old friend and meet some new awesome people on the way. The trip was way too short but that was not the last time in Shanghai for sure.
Sightseeing: 3/5 – Offers interesting places, but Shanghai is more famous for its city life. Food: 4/5 – You can find anything you want, but you have to consider the high price, too. Shopping: 5/5 – All the shops you know from home, and more. Clubbing: 4/5 – There is yet a lot to explore in this city’s nightlife, but be sure to bring money. Transportation: 5/5 – The best metro system I have seen.