Shanghai to Matlock

Lights on Nanjing Road

Lights on Nanjing Road

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.

Feeding Koi Carp in the Jade Buddha Temple

Feeding Koi Carp in the Jade Buddha Temple

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!

Posted on 13/10/2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Audrey Kennedy

    Good luck for Monday Laura. We’re sure you’ll get through and achieve what you have been aiming for these last few years.

    will be thinking of you on Monday.
    lots of love

    Billy and Audrey xx

  2. Lisa Daniel

    Good luck! Have a lovely time with your mum and dad – hello to them too!

  3. Thanks All. Keep everything crossed for me! x

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