We arrived in Shanghai in the evening and the view was amazing. I just couldn’t stop taking pictures. It was such a beautiful sail in.
Shanghai is the hub of business in China today and the skyline is one of the best in the world.
Each building is a marvel of engineering and architecture. And most of them have a nickname. Can you tell which is called “Bottle Opener” and the “TV Antenna”?
There is an old section called the Bund and across the river is the Pudong.
The Bund is made up of magnificent extremely elegant buildings that house hotels like the Waldorf and Peace Hotel, which were built at the turn of the 20th century.
These buildings were built by a few very affluent Jews who came over from Iraq, in the late 19th century for business. Names like Sassoon, and Kadouri. When the revolution happened they moved to Hong Kong and Singapore where they still thrive. The Star Ferry in Singapore and the Peninsula Hotel are just two of the business they still own.
There are so many facets to Shanghai, there is even a “China Town”! There is the old grand Bund, the new business area (Pudong), the French Quarter, the old Jewish Quarter, the new housing buildings that seem to keep sprouting up, tons of shopping areas and so much more. One of the most dynamic cities I have ever seen.
We took a ride on the fastest train in the world, going 483 KPH. It took us 7 minutes to ride 20 miles. From there we went up to the observation deck at the Grand Hyatt which is 88 stories up and had a view that was beyond belief, then we went shopping in the Chinese section which is behind the Bund.
The next day we visited two other towns which you will see on the next post. And the third day we took a ride on the psychedelic train which took you under the river from the Bund to Pudong, and just wandered around until it was time to head back to the ship.
The crew had a Basketball Tournament the night we docked in Shanghai.. They never looked at the view!?
We went up to the 88th floor of the Hyatt..
88 stories down to the lobby of the Grand Hyatt