Shanghai to Matlock
Last week, John and I spent a couple of nights in Shanghai before I flew back to the UK to take my exam. It was great to have some time to look around one of the biggest cities in the World. By the end of our stay our feet felt like we had walked most of it.
We stayed at the Ibis Hotel in Yu Gardens which is a budget hotel in a city which can be really expensive. The room was clean and had everything you need (shower, kettle, amazing view) and the location was amazing. Yu Yuan Garden is in the centre of Shanghai surrounded by antique/souvenir/tat markets and within walking distance of The Bund.
During our short stay, we ‘did’ all the real touristy things: travelling the city on a tour bus, walking along The Bund to look at the lights, going up to the 94th floor of the World Financial Centre building. It was brilliant.
John’s favourite area was Pudong with its futuristic skyscrapers (most of which had only been built in the last 5 years). I really liked Xintian Di – the refurbished old town full of upmarket shops and expensive restaurants. I suspect I might need to be earning some money before we go back there.
Shanghai is so busy and densely populated, but you can still find pockets of peace and quiet in the temples and gardens. We will certainly be back for a longer stay in the near future.
So, now I am back in the UK being spoilt by Mum and Dad while attempting to revise. Wish me luck for Monday!