Destination: Shanghai, China

July 8, 2015
My new home for the next ten plus months is going to be Shanghai, China, and luckily I visited the city already over a long weekend when I was working in Seoul. Because of my past visit, I have a basic idea of what living in Shanghai will be like, but of course, this is based on my limited time there. Here are some of the highlights of what I remember doing:

* Walked along the Bund- This section of the city is what many consider to be the "heart" of Shanghai.  It's full of  the iconic skyscrapers that form Shanghai's beautiful skyline, but there are also Gothic and Renaissance style buildings. Always a bustling area, there is plenty to do and see here, and it remains a popular attraction for tourists.

* Visited the Old French Concession- This area was really nice to stroll through and had many cafes, restaurants, and shops. The streets were lined with trees, and it's where the beautiful Fuxing Park is located. There are also tours available that detail the lives of gangsters that used to control the area. 



* Took a trip up the Oriental Pearl Tower- Oriental Pearl Tower was a t.v. tower completed in 1994 and has several observation decks that offer great views of the city. It also has a revolving restaurant and is colorfully lit up at night.




* Admired the Yu Garden- Completed in 1577, Yu garden has pavilions, ponds, and of course plants. Meandering through this garden with my friends made for an enjoyable morning.



* Listened to Jazz music at The Peace Hotel- This hotel was quite popular back in the day (1920's and 30's) and was recommended to us by a couple that worked at our school. It's a relaxing place to enjoy some music played by some 80 year old professionals.


My friends and I also went out on the town and did a ton of shopping, but as this trip was about eight years ago, I don't remember the specifics. I'm not too worried about that part because I'm sure that Rachael, who has already been living in Shanghai for a year, will have plenty of wonderful recommendations and help show me the best parts of this dynamic city! 

Another thing I'm going to have to keep in mind is that Shanghai is going to be packed with people, which is not what I experienced when I was there. It was because I went during their Chinese New Year festival, a time when many people living in the city return to their hometowns to be with their families. I'm sure it will be quite different when I arrive in August, so I just need to prepare myself for living in one of the most populated cities in the whole world. I really cannot wait!

Have you ever been to Shanghai? If you have any suggestions about what to do in the city, I'd love to hear them!
21 comments on "Destination: Shanghai, China"
  1. I cannot wait to hear about your adventures that you'll be taking! I know you'll have a great time!

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  2. Stephanie BishopJuly 8, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Wow- Sounds amazing!

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  3. Sounds like a grand adventure! Our youngest will start taking Mandarin next year - we've told the kids we'll go to China once he can translate for us!

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  4. I'm sure that I will! One of the biggest struggles I've had this year was that it was so hard to make friends!! In China, most people go there alone so I feel like it will be way easier to meet people.

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  5. I taught in a Mandarin immersion room last year in the States. It's crazy how easy it is for kids to pick up new words and phrases. I've only learned a few words from listening to my co-teacher, and when I said those things to my students, they teased me and told me that my pronunciation was bad.

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  6. I can't wait to follow along with your next adventure! It sounds like it's going to be amazing.

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  7. Shanghai itself has so many options for fun and entertainment! I don't know if I want to live in a big city my whole life, but I will certainly make the most out of my time there.

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  8. So happy for you Claudia! More adventures of a dream catcher! ;)

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  9. OMG! So jealous of your trip! Looks like a trip of a lifetime! Thanks for sharing your travels! :D

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  10. So awesome! I'm sure it's changed quite a bit over the years too. You'll have plenty of new things to explore!

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  11. I've always wanted to visit China. You're going to make so many memories there in 10 months! What an exciting time. Are you going for school?

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  12. Thanks sis! I definitely need some more adventure in my life--been missing it!

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  13. The best part is that my teaching contract is 10 months, so I'll have 2 months off in the summer to go to other places. :)

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  14. Yes, I bet some parts have changed! I did get to see some good sights, but that is only the tip of the iceberg for what there is to do in Shanghai!

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  15. I'm a certified teacher, so I'll be teaching in an international school over there!

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  16. This post just made me RIDICULOUSLY happy!!!

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  17. The next year is going to be awesome!!! I officially booked my flight today. Super excited to meet you in Shanghai! And Rachael will definitely have to show us around :) I can't wait!

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  18. Cannot wait to go to your fave places with you!! :)

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  19. I have my flight booked now, too. I arrive on the 20th at 8:00 pm. When do you get in? I wonder if we'll live by each other.

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  20. I arrive on the 20th at 2:05 pm. hopefully! We will have to meet up (outside of orientation). Rachael gets there a couple days after us!

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