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Shanghai is a MONSTER city and takes FOREVER to get anywhere, even with the extensive subway system, our days began with a long transfer from our hotel to the city center. We could easily have booked a closer hotel but would have paid dearly, so we opted to be able to see more of the city by using public transportation. It made our days pretty long, but then that is what we normally do anyway...so no matter.
For our six days in Shanghai we planned several day of simply kicking back and resting. Our hotel is quite lovely and comfortable, has a beautiful restaurant, and there are plenty of options for nice walks in the area...plenty of shops and markets...and ways to keep busy. We got a five star hotel with a full suite for what a standard twin room would have cost in the central district. The staff were lovely, all spoke enough English for us all to get by, and the food was delicious...the breakfast buffet the best so far in all of China.
We planned two big touring days starting off with a few laps around the city on the Hop On Hop Off bus system. There are three different companies providing this service and we chose the Shanghai Sighting Bus primarily because three of its five lines intersect at a common location. On top of that the cost was nearly half of the competition. The downside was that they were crowded. No worries. The others offered similar routes but none crossed over each other.
Planning our first full day was easy. We woke up to RAIN and more RAIN...so we spent the day relaxing, catching up on news and writing to friends, doing a bit of banking and future planning. It was a lovely day and well-earned after such a BIG WEEK in Zhangjiajie. And then we got the typhoon warning on the TV. We checked online and it looked pretty ugly. It blew pretty hard during the night with lots of rain.
When we woke in the morning it had blown over and we saw blue skies. We weren't sure we were simply in the eye of the storm. After checking the weather service, sure enough, it has blown through. Wow, what a fast storm.
We are in the far south of the city. It took us 30 minutes to walk to the subway station. The time went by fast as we stopped and looked into shops along the way. The street was tree-lined so the heat was tolerable and because of the storm everything was wet and cooler. We got to the metro line and bought our tickets. At this point we are pros...up to the machine...all in Chinese...no problem. The Shanghai Metro is bigger than Tokyo and has 16 lines and many other sub-links.
Day Two started out like the first. A long walk to the station and another 90 minute ride into the city. We left a bit earlier so it was more crowded with folks heading into work. We began our day touring the Urban Planning Exhibition. It is a magnificent building, five floors, each devoted to an aspect of the urban renovation and future of the city. The view of People Park from the top floor was grand.
By now is was almost 4 o'clock and time to head back home. Another 90 minutes and a stop at KFDC (Bobbie was "jonesing" for chicken) and we settled in for the night.
The next two days are planned for rest and recovery. Our hotel is in a great suburb with plenty of tree lines streets and small neighborhoods to explore. We depart on Friday for Xian.