Shanghai – City exploration (day 1)

Hotel – Nikko shanghai (no photos) – 6.5/10
Nice hotel, spacious and clean room but wifi only available at lobby.
Hotel staff are not service oriented, e.g. When we ordered coffee, there was no teaspoon, sugar or milk provided until we asked twice.
Hotel cards did not work prior to check out, had to deactivate when we came back from lunch on the day of check out.
Breakfast at hotel was not impressive and expensive (CNY 205/ pax), probably because we only started eating at about 9.45am when it ends at 10am.
Location of hotel was average, intersection of Yan’an west rd and Zhening rd.
There are no nearby restaurants or fast food outlets near this hotel. Nearest metro station is about 15min walk.

Lunch – Mr & Mrs Bund – 7.5/10
Nice restaurant, great location overlooking the Bund
Good service, good food.
Set lunch costs CNY 200 for 2 courses and CNY 250 for 3 courses
The aragula truffle salad and the lemon tart were the highlights!


Swatch Art Peace Hotel – watches, Shook restaurant, boutique hotel
Interesting concept which brings contemporary artists to stay, work and present their art.
Shook restaurant offers both Asia and western cuisine.
Booking is available for the suites on level 4


Peace hotel and The Bund by day




Waterhouse @ South Bund – boutique hotel
Nice little hotel near the waters at the other quiet end


Yu Garden – a very touristy spot with famous pork dumpling
Supposed to try the ‘real’ nanxiang xiao long bao but ended up getting the non queue version. The authentic one needs to queue for the dumplings on level one, but there are 3 levels and on levels 2 and 3, prices are steeper for the same food but diners save time on queuing.
The one I tried was not good (green dishes). Remember to look out for the queue!






Interesting shops – along Changle rd somewhere around Shaanxi rd


Qipu clothing wholesale center
Something similar to Platinum Mall in Bangkok
Closes early, before 6pm so go early. There are about 3 – 4 buildings of clothes and 1 or 2 stretches of shops on the side of buildings.


Pudong commercial area
Crossed the Nanpu bridge to get to Pudong where the financial centers are located.
The tallest buildings were: Shanghai tower (under construction and looks dark) stands at 632m; shanghai world financial center (with a blue tip where park Hyatt is also located) stands at 492m; Jin Mao tower (pagoda like structure similar to Malaysia’s Petronas tower) stands at 421m.

Views across from Pudong overlooking the Bund were stunning!
Not forgetting the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower and the LV with full of bling!









End of day 1. Stay tuned for day 2…

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