48 Hours In Shanghai

48 Hours In Shanghai

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that all those pictures, blog posts, and video of our hiking adventures in Huangshan (AKA Yellow Mountain) that I promised last week are not going to happen, because we never even made it to our train. The good news is that we spent two days in Shanghai instead, and had an awesome weekend!

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It was hot and rainy, so the top bun, no-makeup look was my only option.

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Why We Never Made It To Huangshan

We were dumb-dumbs and forgot to look into which railway station we were headed to until minutes before we left the house, and somehow we forgot the subway exists. We were 90% sure the train was leaving from Nanjing Railway Station, not Nanjing South Railway Station (very far apart from each other), so we hopped in a cab and Eric told him (in Chinese) where we were going. The driver passed a building that I thought was the railway station, and thought “huh that’s weird…”, so Eric clarified with him that we were headed to the high-speed rail station. He had a look of shock, asked when our train was leaving, and assured us we still had time, but he had to take the highway. We were very confused but he knew we were going to Huangshan and that we didn’t want to go to Nanjing South so we stupidly trusted him. 20 minutes later we ended up at Nanjing South Railway Station. At that point there was no way to make it back to Nanjing Railway in time for our train, so we went inside to make sure we weren’t accidentally in the right place. Nope. Then maybe we can book a train from this station instead and just forgo the $40 fare we’ve already paid for the other train? No trains available. We hopped on the subway and took it all the way across town, 3 stops past our neighborhood station, to Nanjing Railway. We asked if we could get a refund for our tickets or exchange for a different train to no success. Can we book a different train for later today, some ungodly hour in the morning tomorrow, or even tomorrow afternoon? Nope. So we got a refund for the return tickets, stomached the loss of about $100 and hours of our time, and went for a “hike” through the Xuanwu Lake area instead. That night after downing a few beers and some fried food at Brewsell’s (our favorite Nanjing pub), we decided to spend the weekend in Shanghai. I have no doubt we’ll make it to Huangshan another time.

Click the image below to check out the vlog over on my YouTube channel!

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I hope you enjoyed the video! I really love creating video content, so I will absolutely be doing more of it during our travels 🙂

What I wish I had while I was in rainy Shanghai

The only things we had planned out the evening before and crossed off our list due to rain were the Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory and a Huangpu River cruise. Other than that, here’s the details about the places we went, as seen in the video above!

High-speed rail from Nanjing to Shanghai

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Liked: the views, being able to get up and walk around
  • Disliked: 2nd class seats are comfy only while sitting up straight, 1st class seats are awesome
  • Would recommend: Yes/No

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De Xing Guan Restaurant

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Ordered: pork noodle soup & juicy pork xiao long bao
  • Liked: sweet & piping hot soup dumplings, Western-style toilets
  • Disliked: callous servers
  • Would recommend: Yes/No/Only to those seeking affordable xiao long bao
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The Bund

The Bund

  • Cost: Free
  • Liked: great place for shots of the skyscrapers, British and French architecture
  • Disliked: massive crowd, no street food
  • Would recommend: Yes/No/Meh
    • It’s free – if you’re in the area, you may as well, but don’t go out of your way to see it.

Choir Wine Bar & Restaurant

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Ordered: Stella Artois, house white wine (Chile), smoked salmon wontons
  • Liked: the view from their porch, great service, awesome white wine
  • Disliked: expensive, the Stella wasn’t that cold
  • Would recommend: Yes/No
    • Great place to grab a drink after exploring Nanjing East Rd or The Bund.
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Salmon wontons at Choir Wine Bar & Restaurant.

Nanjing East Road

  • Cost: Free (unless you start shopping of course)
  • Liked: bustling with activity, it lights up at night, CHEESE TARTS
  • Disliked: packed sidewalks
  • Would recommend: Yes/No
    • Go at night!

Din Tai Fung Restaurant

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Ordered: spinach with garlic, classic xiao long bao, juicy pork & hairy crab xiao long bao, Asahi
  • Liked: BEST XIAO LONG BAO EVER, the spinach with garlic was delicious, fast service with a smile
  • Disliked: that I can’t eat here every day, short beer list
  • Would recommend: Yes/No
    • Please take me with you, and be sure to order 10 of the classic xiao long bao. If you don’t, you’re doing it wrong.
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View from the Mingzhu Roundabout.

Mingzhu Roundabout

  • Cost: Free
  • Liked: great views, awesome photo ops
  • Disliked: not much
  • Would recommend: Yes/No
    • Maybe I was still on a high from the amazing xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung, but walking around this raised roundabout and taking in Shanghai’s evening lights was my favorite moment of this trip.

Riverview Hotel

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Liked: good location, clean, lots of breakfast options, hilariously gaudy lobby
  • Disliked: hard bed, our “city view room” didn’t have that great of a view
  • Would recommend: Yes/No

French Concession

  • Cost: Free to walk around, expensive to eat or shop
  • Liked: trees, craft beer, delicious food, relaxing atmosphere, gorgeous architecture
  • Disliked: I spent way too much money here
  • Would recommend: Yes/No
    • The beauty of this place is that it’s in Shanghai, yet it feels so Westernized. That being said, if you just came from Europe, I wouldn’t bother. You’ll probably have more fun exploring Buddhist temples. We enjoyed it because we’ve been in China for over a month now, and it’s been a while since I was in Europe.
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Le Petit Franck has the most adorable containers for their olive oil.

Le Petit Franck

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Ordered: club sandwich, prosciutto & bechamel toasted sandwich
  • Liked: every single thing tasted awesome, free bread, really gorgeous setting in Ferguson Lane
  • Disliked: the cheesy paper covering on the table
  • Would recommend: Yes/No

Daga Brewpub

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Ordered: 10-beer taster flight
  • Liked: Chinese craft beer does exist!!!!, spacious and comfy setting, Lauren: Vanilla Coffee Stout by NBeer in Beijing, Eric: Blaze IPA by a brewery in Ji Nan
  • Disliked: the name is misleading – they don’t brew their own beer
  • Would recommend: Yes/No
    • Although there’s a brewery next door, too, so don’t fill up too much here. We made that mistake and then were sad when we couldn’t justify hitting up the neighboring store.
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10-beer taster flight at Daga Brewpub.

Tepito

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Ordered: pulled pork tapas dish, pork ribs, chips & salsa, margaritas
  • Liked: margaritas on-point, great flavors
  • Disliked: way too expensive, couldn’t enjoy a quiet moment because the servers were overly chatty while we ate
  • Would recommend: Yes/No
    • Go for the margaritas and the chips and salsa, but leave before you start dropping money on overpriced Mexican food. The flavors are amazing, but it’s just too expensive for me to recommend it.

For more photos from our weekend in Shanghai, click here to see the LVSP Facebook album that went up yesterday! Yeah that’s right, clicking that little “like” button on the LVSP page will get you access to more photos, sooner. Click here to go do that real quick.

In case you’re curious, I shoot all my photos and videos on this affordable starter DSLR 🙂

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