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Thursday, February 19, 2009
(The three buildings in red are still to be completed!)
There are 3 observation decks in Shanghai World Financial Center. The height of its lowest observation deck is 423 m (1,388 ft), on the 94th floor, the second is 439 m (1,440 ft) high, on the 97th floor, named "Observatory Bridge" and the highest is 474 m (1,555 ft) high, on the 100th floor.
The skyscraper's roof height is set at 492 m, and has temporarily claimed the highest roof in the world.
After the trip up the tower it was time for lunch - we decided to head back to Malones where we celevbrated by 30th - this is a pic of the stage that I was dragged up on to sing Happy Birthday to myself!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Today we started off with a trip out to PC Mall - this was 5 floors dedicated to PC's, Laptops, mobile Phones and all and everything computery. Gaz and Sam were loving it - I was bored out of my brain, but endured!
Josie not feeling to well today had made the best choice and stayed home!
<- This was just one of the sights I saw - Spot the gloves these were sellotaped to the handlebars of the bike. This is a familiar site throughout the city.
After PC Mall it was time for a trip to one of the museums - Starting with the Shangai Science & Technology Museum.
The first exhibition was the Animal Kingdom - this was more enjoyable than the Wild Animal Park visit from Saturday as it was warm and the views of the animals were better...
We didn't see this sort of movement or violence at the Safari park..
Monday, February 16, 2009
So off we travelled, the gorgeous warm weather we had last week has dissapeared and it is teeth chatteringly cold again - although not before Garry insisted on us taking more pictures of the view from the apartment - as this is one of the things we will miss the most!
This temple contained 3 Jade Buddhas all carved from single pieces of Jade - one of which is guarded by security cameras and cost an extra 10RMB to go and take a look at - unfortunately we were unable to take photos of the 2 smaller jade buddhas - although were were allowed to photograph the Sleeping Buddha, which was the largest of them all - (we are still scratching our heads at this one)
The whole day was about enjoying the city's most celebrated Sunday Brunch, with its sumptuous buffet spread and entertaining live performances. For about £55 each we could dine on just about everything!
There was food stations all over that included some of the last beluga caviar, sushi, lobster, peking duck, smoked salmon, stonebaked pizza, kebab skewers, prime rib, BBQ pork, chinese dumpling, fruits, desserts, you name it we could fill our plates with it again, again, again and again if there was still room!!
Included in the price was unlimited Mumm Champagne refills, Mojito cocktails along with drinks ranging from make your own cocktail bar, wine, and beer.
Also included in the price is their floor show that is worth the cost alone. Acts include Chinese opera, acrobatics, modern Chinese music, dancing and more.
Now you are all probably realising what I was thinking, yes I was in heaven all the food I could eat and all the drink my liver could take!!!
Well throughout the meal the champagne glass was kept filled, there was at least two other drinks on the table at all times (one of these was water) Jodie and myself tried out a few cocktails, hers being Kahlua, Baileys and Chocolate Vodka...this was yummy. my preffered snifter was - Raspbery Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lemon juice topped up with fresh orange juice.. Oh and did i forget to mention it was self-service so I could do Mark measures!!! ;0)
It was one of the most memorable meals we have ever had and a highlight of our trip to Shanghai.
After the meal we had to spend the evening relaxing...we were all rather full and despite Sam and Garry getting a taste for the Champagne it was Jodie and Me that were feeling a little squiffy.
After the obligatory birthday proceeding were out the way and I spent the usual 45mins getting myself ready to face the outside world - Although today I allowed a little more time to check for any extra 30th B'day wrinkleage!!
Time for the todays trip - If it was raining it would be a day at the museums, if it was dry then it would be a surprise to me where we would be going - It wasn't raining so I had no idea what we were doing - and those who know me know how much I don't like not knowing what was going on!?
We ended up at Shangai Wild Animal Park other than being cold we were all looking forward to seeing the animals - especailly the Lions and Tigers and Panda Bears.
We started off with the bus tour around the carniverous animal section of the park - this can best be described as a Benny Hill type bus tour where we sped around the park - only stopping for the occasional sight of one of the animals by the side of the bus - it was great fun and nice to not the one's on show for a change!!
After the whistle-stop bus trip we decided to grab some Birthday lunch in one of the 3 restaurants in the park, after sitting down they laid a cling film tablecoth on the table, we scanned the menu stood up and exited not feeling hungry anymore - other than rice there was nothing that taking our fancy!
We then tried out the fast food joint and the choice was chicken drumstick burger or chicken wings - this would of been ok if the chicken in question wasn't deforsting on the tea urn.... we didn't fancy food poisoning so left rather sharpish...after looking at the other eateries we settled for a snack stop of, Soupy noodles, Crips and Galaxy chocolate!!
It was then time to venture around the rest of the park - where the animals looked worse than we felt - the big animals were kept in tiny pens with nothing to amuse themselves with and the smaller animals had more space than they knew what to do with but spent all their time scavenging for food off the Chinse visitors that obviously couldn't read the no-feeding signs and were throwing in crisps, nuts and rice crackers - the ape was even been thrown sweets still in there wrappers!!
Some escapees - I'll you decide who I'm talking about!!?
After what was an entertaining morning it was time to head back to get ready for the evening out.
Not before being surprised once more with a Birthday Cake - Sweet things aren't the norm in China so this was a surprise. it was a gorgeous coffee and chocolate creation.. mmm!! Cake...
The night started of rather sedate with a gorgeous meal at Cafe Le Monde a resturant with authentic New Orleans cuisine, after feeding it was time for drinking - we hit Malones where the live music of house band 'Jagged Edge' provided us with plenty of entertainment to keep us wanting more cocktails - that is until I got called up on stage to sing Happy Birthday to myself in front of a crowd full of people - well I say sing Happy Birthday all I had to say were the words "to me" the band and crowd sung the rest (luckily I don't have pics of this)
All in all it was another great day and a Birthday I could never forget........
Friday, February 13, 2009
Today was going to be a trip to one of the local water towns - but we had a last minute change of plan and started the day off with a visit of Longhua Temple.
This temple was so much nicer and grander that Jing'an temple it was actually recommended as a must see by the driver.
Within the grounds of the temple it was just so tranquil and relaxing to sit and people watch.
Took this pic to show you how they seem to dry the washing over here - this is seen everywhere we see the apartment blocks - they thread the clothes through bamboo rods and prop them out the window! If it wasn't so dusty it wouldn't be a bad thing!!
This is a view of the Bund from the river - The Bund is a lovely looking row of early 1900's buildings with fantastic architecture and a part of the history of early Shangai but when you actually see them you could be in any City in the world - Shangai has so much more to see than old buildings that could just as well be in London, Manchester - I think there may actually be a few like it in Stoke!!!
Although a majority of Shangai is like a concrete jungle there are hidden gems amongst it that show parts of ancient china and the china we see in the films..these boats moored up on the Bund promenade were just so beautiful...
Today we took a walk up one of tha main shopping streets in Shangai - Nanjing Xi Lu. The Pedestrianised end of Nanjing Road.
The road was made up of Designer stores, Coffee shops and fast food booths as well as the usual street seller offering watches, shoe bags or anything we want... at one point Garry was offered hash-hish and spa-lady massage!!
At the middle of the road where Nanjing Dong Lu meets with Nanjing Xi Lu is where Peoples Park can be found - it's haven of peace and tranquility in the middle of the busy shops and roads
We finished our walk up Nanjing Lu with a trek up and down the Bund and the Bund Promenade - the views from here of the Pudong and the towers was superb - especially with it being such a clear sunny day - I think the temperature was in the early 20's