你好 – nǐ hǎo from China! Shanghai was a joint work and holiday trip for us. We first travelled to Shanghai to deliver and display a collection for the Shanghai Fashion Week. I was very excited for this opportunity to travel somewhere new and far.
Shanghai is a vibrant city and the people are proud of their rapid climb from a fishing village to a global modern city in a century or less. Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population, with more than 24 million people as of 2014. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits on the south edge of the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.
Shanghai is a global finance centre and has the world’s busiest container port. The atmosphere is electric and the city’s economy is growing at a tremendous rate, and it shows in everything.
Best food: steamed soupy meat dumplings – so delicious and fun too!
In Shanghai, we did lots of walking in the parks, went around the city by metro. The metro is great by the way, and people were so helpful with directions. Unfortunately, it was raining quite a lot so we stayed indoors more than we would usually like to. However, we did some shopping and got Annie this little jumper as a souvenir from a small concept store near our hotel.
After some days we were planning on taking the famous bullet train to Beijing. The train runs at the highest speed of 300km/h and the journey between the two cities takes only 5 hours with a distance of 1,318km. But to our disappointment, all the tickets were sold out for that morning and afternoon (unfortunately we didn’t get tickets up front, which is advisable) – we would have had to wait about 7 hours for the next train. Luckily there was an airport connected to the train station so we walked over to check if there were reasonably priced flights available and within an hour we boarded a plane to Beijing.