Shanghai Travel Blog› entry 25 of 26 › view all entries
February 16th, 2006 – by: dfoo
Anyway, with my impending travels soon to be over, I decide to make use of what little time I had left to do menial things. Basically walked around and shopped a bit. As I've already done everything I was aware of that could be done in Shanghai, I did the only thing a normal traveller could do with a lack of options. Climb tall things. Whilst not the tallest building in Shanghai, the Pearl Tower is definitely the most prominant.
Whilst I generally try to avoid purchasing gifts at touristy places, I realised whilst I was up on the Pearl Tower that I had failed to buy something for my mother. It would have been bad if I got my dad something and failed to get her anything. So I hastily purchased something at the gift shop before you catch the lift back down to the bottom.
At the bottom of the Pearl Tower is actually a mini museum of sorts. Which takes you back through the history of Shaghai. Since the entrance fee to the museum was already calculated into the price of entry into the tower complex, and I had some time to kill. I wandered on in. It was surprisingly good.
Before I knew it it was time to wave goodbye to Shanghai and make my way to the airport. Getting to the airport I had a few options. As I still had some money left, I decided to go with the most expensive and exciting option. The Maglev train. I've heard about the magnetic levitation trains in Japan before, so was somewhat eager to it. Who doesn't want to travel at breakneck speeds through the Chinese countryside. I can't remember exactly how far the airport was away from the city, but it was about a 8-10min train ride on the Maglev. Averaging speeds of 350km/hr. I think the fastest it went was 450km/hr. At speeds like these, the houses and trees in the countryside literally look like a blur. It's quite weird going so fast. You don't feel quite comfortable, but also feel a little exhilarated at the same time.
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