Sunday, November 12, 2006

Shanghai, China - Day 2

Wake up call (Ray) at 7:30am. Showered and down for breakfast by 8:00am, great breakfast buffet! For ~$60.00 (USA), you can get breakfast for two. *ouch*.

Since the rest of the party was either under the weather, or arrived later than we did, we set off to wander around the block or two within the hotel.

We found our way down to The Bund, of course, we were on the wrong side of the river from the official Bund, but after seeing both sides, all I can say is it looked the same to me.

We are within walking distance of the Pearl Tower and restaurant; its prominently featured in every skyline photo of Shanghai.

The hotel is around the corner from a new mall: The Super Brand Mall. Yup, you guessed it. It features name brand department stores from both China and the US.

With the humidity, we were soaked in sweat by the time we got back. Another shower.

We met the rest of our party to strike out to find lunch. Where we took a cab ride to the official Bund. After walking around, we found a resturant that was part German beer garden and part Chinese resturant. Food was pretty good, all local cuisine. At least we found something with some spice (calamari something), which was hard for me to find last time through!

While out and about we found:

Probably another half dozen monuments that I failed to catch the name of.

Since they closed 'the market', we did our shopping at the Yu Gardens while out, since we don't know what time we'll have later.

A couple of drinks while discussing goals for tomorrow and dinner at a hotel resturant before Another Shower and turning in.

One truism that I'd like to share is that I've stayed at 5 star hotels throughout the US and now a couple in China: the room service food always sucks, but you can always find Kelloggs Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop Tarts at any convenience store! Yumm....

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