Sky High in Shanghai

Shanghai Skyline
Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai was one of the first trips we took outside of Beijing when we moved to China. Having not had a summer holiday or our honeymoon yet (that would come later) we treated ourselves to a fancy hotel in the Xintiandi district and travelled in style on the high speed train. I couldn’t help but love Shanghai. It has all the bright lights, fancy cocktails and shops you could wish for in a modern, cosmopolitan Asian city. There were also little streets with great restaurants and cute cafes (you all know how much I love my cute cafes) in the Tianzifang area. The well-known French Concession area was, of course, charming. I even bought my own Qipao (Chinese style tight dress) there. Although I admit I’m yet to wear it!

Bright lights of Shanghai
Bright lights of Shanghai
View from the Andaz Shanghai
View from the Andaz Shanghai
High Speed Train Beijing- Shanghai
High Speed Train Beijing- Shanghai

At just over 4 hours on the high speed train, Shanghai was an easy get-a-way from Beijing. Over 4 days we relaxed, shopped, ate and checked out sites such as the famous Bund area and the Confucius Temple. One of the highlights was surely sipping cocktails in Cloud Bar on the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt. Nothing like a bit of old school glamour and some delicious drinks while taking in the amazing view!

Shanghai from above- 87th floor of the Hyatt
Shanghai from above- 87th floor of the Hyatt
Night time Shanghai from above
Night time Shanghai from above

I came away half wondering why I hadn’t moved to Shanghai instead of Beijing. It had all the modern amenities you could want and even the taxi drivers seemed friendlier! But that’s a feeling I don’t have anymore.  I’ve grown to love Beijing and definitely see it as my China home town. I’m a real Beijinger now! In Beijing  you can have it all: the endless world-famous historical sites, the hutong alleyways, the fancy, expensive cocktails and more. But I would still totally wear an I <3 Shanghai  T-shirt (don’t tell my i <3 Beijing T-shirt that) and it is definitely a place I would love to go back to for a long weekend. Even just for the cocktails in the sky!

Shanghai
Shanghai
Confucius Temple, Shanghai
Confucius Temple, Shanghai
Shanghai
Shanghai
Tianzifang, Shanghai
Tianzifang, Shanghai

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Ps-ps- I haven’t forgotten about all the other millions of adventures I had in the Tibetan areas of China or Indonesia over the summer- I just like to mix it up a bit 🙂

Where’s your favourite place for a long weekend? And who wants me to do a “fashun” show in my unworn qipao (I completely forgot about it last Spring Festival/Chinese New Year)?

 

21 thoughts on “Sky High in Shanghai

  1. HI Joella!! Great post… you know I am very curious to visit Shanghai myself, I have a friend who lives there and loves it!! All the buildings and cafes you mentioned sounds like I would enjoy this city a lot 😀

  2. Wow, the view from the Cloud bar looks amazing. This is random but I was just told to go to the Cloud bar in Jakarta. It’s also supposed to have amazing views. There’s just something about sipping a cocktail and looking at an amazing skyline that i just love 🙂

    1. Oh yes I love me a good bar with a view! I love that there’s a cloud bar in Jakarta too. I wonder how many bars with views there are called Cloud Bar all around the world. Hope you go to the Jakarta one and take some great pics!

  3. This makes me rethink Shanghai. I had written it off a bit as a destination but if it has cutes cafes and the chance to drink cocktails on the 87th floor…. it sounds tempting. I’ve debated getting a qipao as a cocktail dress, but I’m not to sure I’d really wear it. Yes you do need to model it for us 🙂

    1. You should definitely go to Shanghai! Haha I have never worn my qipao- I’ll take a photo with a nice model pose in it some time though hehehe. Although I’m not sure it will actually still fit ha!

  4. It does look like a lovely place to spend a lovely weekend! Glad you enjoyed it in Shanghai, but equally glad you’re loving Beijing 🙂

  5. I loved Shanghai! When I was there last spring, we went to a really cool bar that resembled a speakeasy from the 20s with a “secret” entrance and fancy cocktails. So fun!

  6. We keep hearing the air pollution gasp from visitors to China’s large cities. You seem to take it in stride.
    I bet you’ll look great in the qipao – probably couldn’t tell you from a local 🙂

    1. That’s a great question Jackie! The cities do feel quite different to me. I would say that Seoul is overall a lot more modern and trendy than Shanghai. It’s got the art students, the trendy cafes and all the modern stuff, cool stuff. But Shanghai is more international- it has a long history of international businesses and expats. Shanghai still has that huge difference between rich and poor though (like everywhere in China). There are still areas of huge poverty that you’ll come across, despite the skyscrapers on the bund.

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