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Day 2 - Shanghai Sight Seeing

sunny 26 °C

Start of our sight seeing adventures and after a sleep in, hotel buffet breakfast and got some money we got picked up by Jen's work colleague, Huiliang. Not quite sure what to expect, he took us to the Bund side of the Huangpu River opposite side to the financial district. The Bund is a walk along the river's edge and along the road that has has all the old colonial buildings restored and basically used by the banks and financial institutions.
You get a great view across the river of the iconic buildings of the financial district buildings; Oriental Communications Tower, Jinmao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre (474m tall which really looks like a bottle giant bottle opener), Shanghai Tower (632m second tallest building in the world).
Local tourists everywhere but just an overall nice feel about the place. Huiliang was fantastic in guiding us and a wealth of information.
We did the 1 hr cruise up and down the river and gave us a close up view and amongst the constant stream of ships and barges that use the river. Jen is now really getting to used her new camera and taking some great photos and the weather could not have been better for what we did.
Caught a taxi back to near our hotel to have some pre dinner drinks and the good news is beer is cheap. He took us to a local restaurant with traditional food from Shanghai. One word - Delicious! Fried deep sea fish, fish with peanuts, drunken chicken, bbq beef and local style Asian greens.
This was accompanied with a local rice wine.
And I met an old friend
Tomorrow we plan to go to the top of the "Bottle Opener", 472m sky scraper!

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On Our Way

Day 1 - Brisbane to Shanghai.

rain 16 °C
View Tom & Jen's "Continental Drift" on jkerkin's travel map.

We finally got packed, Rick graciously dropped us at the airport and started on our 110 day travels. Great relief to get on the plane and just shut off home life, well for a little while, and just enjoy each day as it comes. We now need to get into travel mode, check your passport 10 times, check you have all your bags, where is my next stop and hotel, food, get money, pack and unpack your bag etc, etc. Sounds simple! Its been 20 years since I "back packed" and a lot has changed. Looking forward to seeing how China has changed since I lived in Beijing for 6 months in 1995.

We arrived in Shanghai, after a short stop in Singapore Airport, our driver was there and we finally arrived at our hotel at 12.30 am, 14 hours of travel, and looking forward to a shower and sleep. Fortunately Jen has Platinum Virgin so we got lounge access and priority access onto the planes. Overall no missed flights, got through customs, got our international roaming phone working and got to our first hotel.

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