As I grow older, the allure of a simple life is one I dare not resist, for it allows me a calm existence in a world so complex and many a times overwhelming. To keep my travels equally simple and relaxed, I follow what I call the rule of three: Something to see, something to do and something to eat. Believe me, experiencing Shanghai in “3D” was a pure delight.
Shanghai is an explosive night beauty unafraid to flaunt it. The drive from the airport left me “oohing and aahing” at the symphony of night-lights and towering skylines. Of super highways and bridges spanning distances unheard of in the +256 area. The adventures started with a night walk along Nanjing Road, the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. At night, it winds down and makes a spectacular choice for an evening walk to the bund. If your hotel was anything like mine, then return to your room early enough to enjoy the luxuries it offers.
Hanging out at the Bund or Wiatan was my greatest delight. Although I missed the night view, which I hear is drop dead gorgeous, the daytime experience sparked enough satisfaction to last a lifetime! The Oriental Pearl TV Tower also stands out as a must visit spot, offering an unrivalled aerial view of Shanghai at all observatory levels.
And when it is all said and done, have a meal prepared the hot-pot way and literally enjoy the warmth of friendship. Make meal-time a worthwhile experience.