27.04.2014 - 30.04.2014
As a lover of skylines, I had been waiting to see the Shanghai skyline for years! And it did not disappoint! I'd go as fas as saying it gives the famous NYC skyline a run for its money! Wow just Wow! As I stood there on the Bund, with my jaw nearly hitting the pavement, looking up at the famous Shanghai TV tower, in the dark misty sky, with the future in front of me, I thought anything is possible!
For me, looking at a skyline like this is like looking at a piece of great art to other people, I feel emotion when I look at such awe inspiring greatness. I feel a sense of excitement, thankfulness and optimism. I could sit there for hours and just look. And contemplate.
We found a great spot to enjoy the skyline. On the 83rd floor of a skyscraper with an un obstructed view of the TV tower. We blew our budget on the most fabulous cocktail - brandy, hazelnut and Lemon. Well worth it I'd say.
Now, you may be wondering where the title of our blog comes from. This is all about Shanghai and the Shanghai soup dumpling. I first found out about the Shanghai soup dumpling when I lived and worked in NYC about 7 years ago. A Japanese friend of mine, Tsomo, took me to Joe's Shanghai restaurant in China town for these famous dumplings. Well I just fell in love! With these little dumplings of joy! Joes Shanghai soon turned into a regular eatery for me during my time in NYC. But then, as all good things must come to an end, my visa expired and I had to leave NY and my dumplings. I moved to London and searched and searched for these little dumplings of joy. I had no luck, London either didn't do them or couldn't do them. Therefore there was no other option but to go to Shanghai for the real thing (Jon wouldn't let me go to NYC AGAIN!!) The years went by while I banged on about these dumplings but I never made it to Shanghai. Now I am here, in Shanghai and have been reunited with my dumplings and man are they worth coming this long way for! So there you go, now you know the story behind the title. It's all about my search for the perfect dumpling! And yes, it was worth it!
Apart from the skyline and the dumplings there isn't a huge amount to do in Shanghai so one night I decided to spend an evening in the hostel bar while Jon wrote in his room. I thought, if I went to the bar I might get the chance to chat to some interesting people. Well, I was in the bar all of about one minute before I got invited to play some crazy Chinese game with 4 very charming Chinese men. I was playing this game for 3 hours and I still don't really understand the rules! How on earth did I win I wonder! :-). It's like half dominos, half cards. They are chunky dominos but have the style of cards on them and you win by getting sets or something. Oh who am I kidding, I have absolutely no idea! Ha ha. Anyway it was really enjoyable spending the evening with this group. And they were very courteous speaking mostly in English.
We have 1 more night in Shanghai and then we are off to Hangzhou. I wonder what that has in store for us.....