After travelling for almost 24 hours we’ve finally made it to Shanghai !
We got to our first hostel at about 3.30pm local time, dumped our bags in the lockers and then headed out to explore.
After strolling around the city for a few hours using a free map that we picked up at the airport and a lonely planet guide we found the people’s park and square. Sunset is quite early here so by the time we made it to the park it was already getting quite dark.
The Shanghai skyline at night is so pretty! Lots of buildings are illuminated with coloured lights, even an underground mall had a fluorescent shelter for its elevator in the people’s square!
It isnt as hectic here as we expected. We thought that the streets would be full of people but they were actually quite empty so it was reatively easy to navigate.
What wasn’t easy though was trying to order dinner….
We ate in a restaurant opposite our hostel which had a picture menu. It was down a street with quite a few other restaurants and shops so we ate at a table outside to people watch.
After about 20 minutes deliberation over the menu decided we on a selection of dishes. Neither leah or I can speak/ read Chinese so it was quite hard for me to work out what dishes had meat in and what ones that I could eat but we got there in the end!
We also made the arrogant/ rookie mistake of not knowing what the Chinese word for water was so we spent about 10 minutes trying to get the waitress to understand us. She even asked other customers to help but no one knew what we were talking about (we got there in the end and have now learned the word!).
The restaurant was packed by the time we had finished our food and tables were being set up in every available space (including the road!)
I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us!