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Hello all in the Chinese forum :)

So I finally made it. My first ever drop in Shanghai. Although my second trip in Mainland China (first one was last year in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Photos can be found in my signature). This is going to be a LONG photo thread with many hundreds of photos from various spots within (mostly) the inner ring-road.

What is my opinion as a first-time tourist in Shanghai? Obviously very good. The only 'disappointment' is that I did not get blown away as I got in Shenzhen and Guangzhou last year. That is, however entirely due to the fact that my expectations for Shanghai were sky high after my last year's trip to Guangdong. And, let's be fair, Guangdong with its cities and Hong Kong+Macau at the doorstep has certainly no reason to be humble even if compared to Shanghai.

In any case, I would say Shanghai has met or exceeded all of my expectations: it is an amazing city which is huge, modern, very happening and urban with LOTS of things to do. In fact I didn't manage to see all I wanted during my 10 day stay. I needed at least another week to get my sightseeing done in full. Perhaps something that should be expected from one of world's greatest and largest cities which Shanghai certainly is and will be even more so in the future.

Anyway, cutting the talking short I'll go straight to the business. Photos and videos.

I'll start with a small video compilation that I made in Shanghai

Arriving from Frankfurt to Pudong airport at about noon. Transportation options. I'll be taking metro line 2 this time...

IMG_0927 -1 by jo.sau, on Flickr

Metro line 2 which will take me all the way to Zhongshan Park which is to be my hood for the next week or so (and another few days after that). It takes well over an hour. Maglev is an option too but I realised it probably wouldn't be that much more efficient time-wise and, of course, would cost much more. I'll leave it for a return journey to the airport

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Transport infrastructure connecting Pudong Airport to the city

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This is that day's destination - Zhingshan Park area in Changning district. My hostel was located there and after having a nap I went out in the evening. Unfortunately it was raining so I limited myself to just getting familiar with the nearby blocks and streets. I later passed the same places every day on my way and back from the metro station.


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Place where I stayed. That is, in fact, the best ranked Shanghai hostel in hostelworld.com. And it is a very nice place to stay for those who love international and cosmopolitan company and loud music in the evenings while enjoying some stronger drinks. There was some shabby street market nearby which was selling all kinds of stuff including ducks and chickens (alive ones!). I used to get some snacks from there before departing for my daily trips



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great pics!

I think for most people the first visit to China will be the most memorable and special, like for me I think Beijing will always be my favorite Chinese city since it's the first city in China that I lived & studied in :)

Do you have more pics from the hostel? I'm visiting China again next month and I thought I'd pop in Shanghai for a quick holiday, and I was considering to book that same hostel you stayed in. but I was thinking that the location of that hostel was not so good, any comments on that?
 

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great pics!

I think for most people the first visit to China will be the most memorable and special, like for me I think Beijing will always be my favorite Chinese city since it's the first city in China that I lived & studied in :)

Do you have more pics from the hostel? I'm visiting China again next month and I thought I'd pop in Shanghai for a quick holiday, and I was considering to book that same hostel you stayed in. but I was thinking that the location of that hostel was not so good, any comments on that?
Thank you!
Yes, indeed, the first visit may have left a more "wow" impression because I did not expect it. This time I did expect everything. And Shenzhen is also quite a place to see. It does actually feel more modern and advanced than Shanghai in most ways. This is what I love about China. It is absolutely by no means a "one city nation". There are many amazing and classy cities and it's hard to make my mind up which one I like most.

The hostel is very good. I have a few pics but nothing special. It's quite basic facilities (well, it's a hostel after all) but modern, clean, convenient, simple and cheap. Location is not very central (although it is inside the inner ring which, I guess, is a loose definition of what should be called Central Shanghai) but it's 5 minutes to either of the two nearby metro stations which are served by Line 2 and Lines 3,4. Takes 10-15 minutes on Line 2 to People's Square and Bund riverfront or 30 minutes to Hongqiao Station/Airport or 1 hour (perhaps a bit longer) to Pudong Airport. So in fact the location is not bad at all because you have excellent access to metro, both airports and other metro lines. Unless you're only intending to stay around the very very central locations like Poeple's Square or Lujiazui, I think it's actually a very decent location.
 

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Awesome thread! I've seen these scenes everyday but it's still very enjoyable viewing your photos and comments from a first-timer's perspective. Expewcting more to come...

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West Yanan Rd. Station and junction. I'll be taking a walk from there all the way to the Bund!


Google map

Kai Xuan Lu where West Yan An Road metro station is located (lines 3 and 4)

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Kai Xuan Lu

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Yan An Road and Kai Xuan Lu intersection. I'll just follow the elevated Yanan road towards the Bund

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Longemont Hotel Shanghai which is a 218m/53fl skyscraper designed by Arquitectonica. I find it to be one of the more interesting towers in Shanghai

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There is enough pedestrian space most of the time which I found pleasing. It must have been hard to engage in urban planning in a city this big and manage to make it spacious for pedestrians

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Yes, indeed, the first visit may have left a more "wow" impression because I did not expect it. This time I did expect everything. And Shenzhen is also quite a place to see. It does actually feel more modern and advanced than Shanghai in most ways.
This is what I love about China. It is absolutely by no means a "one city nation". There are many amazing and classy cities and it's hard to make my mind up which one I like most.
China is geographically is about the size as Europe but with double the population. Provinces in China are as large as European countries. The diversity ( cultural, lingual, social, and economic differences) in China can be as large or even larger than in Europe. Going from northern to southern China is like going from northern to southern Europe. China is resembles more a continent than a normal typical "nation".
 
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