Shanghai Travel Blog› entry 56 of 79 › view all entries
Another early morning in order to travel. But with the duffel bag with wheels, it was much easier. Same trip to the Shuangjing subway station, taking the Line 10 to SanYuanQiao, then to the airport. But at SYQ, I realized I forgot to make sure I had the hotel's address... so I checked. And... nope, didn't have it! Don't panic! But uh-oh, Spaghetti-O's. Nothing I could do there, so I continued to the airport. I saw Katherine as I was checking in (I knew she was going to be there with her mom around the time I was there, and on a freakier note- Mike went to Shanghai earlier in the morning). Turns out me and Katherine were on the same flight, but she was in Business class, and I was in economy.
The only comment I'm going to make about the flight- don't plan on using this airline again.
Shanghai's Hongqiao airport was a typical airport, nothing special that I could see. I got through okay, found someone who knew the hotel's address and got a car. Not a taxi, a car. I got roped into it, don't ask. It was 200rmb, it was a Buick, and it was air-conditioned. At first, my stomach sank when I saw the hotel. No sign, nothing special. Inside, someone immediately took my bag, and showed me to the front desk. I immediately felt so much better when I saw the lobby. The girl at the check-in counter spoke English, check-in was a breeze, and I had my bag brought up to the.
So after I was settled, it was time to explore. My hotel is near The Bund area of Shanghai, near the Huangpu River. I walked down the street my hotel is on (Guangdong Lu) until I reached the road that runs parallel to the river (later figured out it was Zhongshan Dong Lu).
I continued walking for a little while until I got to the corner of Nanjing Dong Lu. I didn't want to face that yet as I was tired and it would take some time to cover. So I turned back, picked a random road to walk up, and turned when I found Sichuan Zhong Lu. Heading south, I walked only a couple blocks until I saw a great big sign that said The Bund Brewery. You know I have to check out anything with the word brewery in it. So I went in, saw it was almost eerily empty, and sat down. I didn't order a beer as I knew it wouldn't be a good idea, so I went with a ginger ale (Watson's), onion soup (good) and German sausage assortment (great). I wanted to take the sweet mustard to go! So thick and flavorful, it was a shame to waste it. The sausage was good, my favorite was the one with the carroway seeds in it. I'm going to review the restaurant later.
From there, back to the super-comfy hotel and a good night's rest. I was going to need it.