Shanghai was hot, and busy, but had many delights.
31 August 2015: We walked most of the day today, in 30 degree heat. We managed to see the Yuyuan Gardens, to go on a river cruise and to walk along The Bund and Nanjing Road.
I popped in to an Apple Store, mainly to look at all the crowds of people in there.
On the street outside the Apple Store were armed soldiers and police. I sneaked a photo.
I relive last year’s fantastic holiday by bringing posts over from the trip blog. This doesn’t aim to be identical to the trip blog, but an improvement, with text edits and more / better photos. Find all these posts under the tag: Spain2015.
Tonight we’ve been dealing with criminally slow Internet, China’s blocks on Google, Gmail, Twitter and potentially other sites we’ve been trying to use. We wanted to rectify our having neglected to print off the boarding passes we need tomorrow, and were also trying to do an online checkin. Both of those things turned into major hassles.
Tomorrow we fly in the early afternoon to Frankfurt, hang around the airport there for a couple of hours and then fly on to Barcelona where we arrive around midnight local time.
Delights today: the cruise on the Huangpu River, the random public topiary in Shanghai: bushes crafted into wonderful shapes and scenes. Oh, and the army of cleaners in their blue uniforms who sweep the streets, clean handrails, weed footpaths and generally maintain the city.
And now some retrospective thoughts: Deb pointed out we went to the Huangpu Gardens very early, as soon as they opened, so as to avoid the crowds and before the day had really heated up. That worked quite well.
When we walked along The Bund, beside the river, there were crowds of people. Several groups were clearly part of various wedding parties. The Bund seems to be a popular spot for photos of bride and groom.