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Shanghai City Tour (Ni Hao Shanghai, part 4, end)

pic taken from http://i00.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/602374630/-Free-Shipping-Hand-Paintings-Old-font-b-Shanghai-b-font-font-b-posters-b-font.jpg A brief about Shanghai: As the largest populated city in People Republic of China, Shanghai grows up  as a center of east and west commerce since 19th century. Its strategic position as a port has attracted not only British, but also French and America’s attention. Not only contested by those three countries, in early 20th century, Japan started to consider Shanghai as their next colony. In 1949, China took over Shanghai from Japan and  slowly grow up until now as major financial center and the busiest container port in the world (Wikipedia). On our last day in Shanghai, I and my family had a city tour around Shanghai. We paid CNY 40 for one day pass ticket (24 hours since the ticket is bought) for City Sightseeing double decker bus. With this ticket, we can stop, go off the bus and visit some sites, then take another bus to move to another site without paying  more. The ticket is in form of smart card, toward which the officer will scan its …

Shop Til You Drop at Nanjing Road (Ni Hao Shanghai, part 3)

“Loewe, Zara, Charles n Keith, Mango, Banana Republic, Tiffany, Mont Blanc, you name it!” Ni hao Shanghai!! Hi, my name is Tukang Minggat and I am not Shopaholic. I was in Nanjing Road, Shanghai, one of world biggest pedestrian shopping center. On day two in this city, after getting amazed by the beauty of hundred years old building in Yu Yuan Garden, we went to our next stop, Nanjing road. Nope, I didn’t intend to go shopping… maybe a little… only if there would be bazaar. Yup, I promised to my self… Nanjing road has two sections to visit, East Nanjing road and West Nanjing road, separated by Peoples Park. This 5 kms shopping street is full of department stores, some world famous boutiques, and some domestic retail outlets. Hungry? no worry, there’re some eateries which offer western and local cuisine, both inside the malls and on the side walk. Tired of walking from the Bund or accompanying your girlfriend shopping? Nanjing Road also provide some bench to take a rest. Or if you are …

Visiting Yu Yuan Garden (Ni Hao Shanghai, part 2)

Ni hao Shanghai, It was day seven, and our next plan is visiting Yu Yuan Garden. Thanks God, it’s a nice day–not really sunny, though. Some cloud was still hanging on the sky. However, we kept bringing umbrella, just in case, if the rain was suddenly pouring down again. We went to subway station and took line 10 and got off at Yuyuan station. Yu Yuan Garden (Garden of Happiness or Garden of Peace) was a gift from Pan Yunduan, a government officer, to his parents to enjoy their old age. It was first built in 1577. At that time, the garden used to be the largest and the most prestigious garden in Shanghai. Although several times it’s been damaged by some wars like the First Opium war and Japanese invasion, it’s repaired again by Shanghai government from 1956 and was opened for public in 1961 (Wikipedia). Six main scenic area with unique characters lay on this 20.000 square meters garden. Those are Sansui Hall (used to be an entertaining hall for guests and become …

Smoggy Bund, Shanghai (Ni Hao Shanghai, part 1)

Ni hao Shanghai !! It’s day six and we had moved to Shanghai. Arrived at Hongqiao Shanghai railway station, we took subway to Cao Yang rd. subway station. Shanghai was raining at that time. Every time we switched the subway line, we saw how cloudy and smoggy Shanghai’s sky at that moment. The rain kept pouring down like it had no end. taken from http://www.shanghaivista.com/images/plan-metro-shanghai.gif After reaching Cao Yang Rd. station, we stood a while at the gate, thinking of way to get to the hostel. We didn’t bring umbrella and my sister considered to buy the umbrella sold by the vendors beside the gate. Ok, it’s been decided that we would buy two umbrellas, 10 CNY for each (considering that we had three days in Shanghai and we didn’t want the rain ruined our vacation). One umbrella for two persons covered us up on our way to the hostel.  The hostel wasn’t far from the station. In less than 15 minutes walking, we already arrived at the hostel. We checked in for a while …

A Tranquil Ripples in West Lake, Hangzhou

Ni Hao Hangzhou!! The bus  which brought us from Hangzhou railway station dropped us at West Lake district, the place where we would stay for two night before leaving for Shanghai. Five hours riding on the bullet train while looking at the scenery outside the window didn’t let me close my eyelids and made me feel so sleepy. Therefore, once we found the hostel, I took a nap a while at a very cozy and homy dorm. In 2011, West Lake or Xī Hú in local language has become one of UNESCO world heritage because of its natural beauty and historical relics which influenced poets, painters and some Chinese garden designers for centuries. West Lake is surrounded by some temples, gardens, pagodas and some artificial islands. And one of must visit site is Leifeng Pagoda. This is where–as the legend was told–madame white snake was jailed for her repenting meditation. ilustration taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Legend_white_snake1.jpg Yup, White Snake Legend is a famous Chinese oral tradition about a love story between white snake spirit (Bai suzhen) and …

Leaving on the Bullet Train to Hangzhou

Ni hao Beijing The journey was continued. I and my family had arrived in Beijing South Railway Station. That day was our last day in Beijing and we were ready to head to our next destination, Hangzhou. Carrying all our packs, we walked through the entrance and waited for the train which will be departed at 10.00 a.m. Once I arrived at this station, I saw a typical of airport building rather than a railway station. Fancy yet not really pricey food stalls were lined up with some souvenir shops. Artificial trees decorated the hall and cozy waiting room were filled by the passengers. Beijing South station is the second largest railway station in Asia after Shanghai Hongqiao station. It was opened in August 01st, 2008, replacing the old station, Yongdimen railway station.  This station serves the high-speed train route to Shanghai Hongqiao, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Fuzhou. The tickets were on our hands and we showed them to the officer who guarded the entrance when the boarding announcement echoed. We walked down to the platform …