Weekend in Shanghai

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Enjoying a drink at the highest bar in the world!

Inga and I jumped in a cab after lunch and arrived to mayhem at Beijing airport...

Due to severe fog, there were massive delays to all flights, so we were stranded for 5 hours.

We expected to arrive at our hotel in Shanghai at around 6pm but instead we made it at 11pm.  It was a shame to have missed part of the evening but I was just glad we made it at all.

We were lucky enough to be staying at the Grand Hyatt in the Jin Mao Tower – one of the best hotels in Shanghai, with amazing views across the Bund and the world’s highest bar on the 88th floor!

When we got there, Mike Wakefield and Mexican Daniel (from the UIBE programme) were there to meet us.

  We quickly checked-in and changed and then headed to the bar – that’s after we’d nearly wet ourselves over the amazing room and view, plus the flowers and champagne that Smurf had secretly arranged – life’s tough hey?!

We enjoyed a great but pricey cocktail and a little snack, before Mike, Daniel and I headed out to sample the bars on the Bund. Inga bailed because she wasn’t feeling too well...

The boys took me to a bar called ‘I love Shanghai’, where we got stuck into the Long Island Ice Teas, and then we went to a glam bar called Bar Rouge.  This night was no different to most other nights out in China – I had a lot to drink and ended up getting to bed hideously late.

The next morning (lunchtime) I felt rubbish and needed to ordered room service and shower before I could even consider moving from the room.

With Mike and Daniel at Bar Rouge

Inga and I then headed to Huaihai Road to go shopping.  Despite the great selection of shops I didn’t buy anything except a t-shirt for my nephew Edward.  I also didn’t have much time because I needed to get back to the hotel to get ready for my godfather’s wedding, which was due to start at 5pm.

I got to the hotel where the wedding was taking place without a problem and was the first guest to arrive.  I was shown straight to my seat in the reception room and offered a drink.  I then sat there on my own for a while.  A guy then appeared and started filming me – it’s was really quite bizarre and I didn’t really know what to do.  I wasn’t sure if he was an official videographer, but regardless I’m also not sure how exciting it would be for anyone, including the bride and groom, to watch a lonesome guest sitting by herself.

With some random who wanted to get in the photo
.. On reflection I guess I should have given him the famous Harvey jazz hands.  Anyhow, eventually some other British guests arrived.  We had a little joke about being ‘early’.  We thought either my godfather, Mark, had told us the wrong time, or they’d told all the guests to be there an hour early knowing full well the Chinese don’t always keep the best time.

The wedding got underway around 6.30pm. As expected, it was pretty different to a Western wedding.  The event really centres on the meal.  There are a few speeches from various people and then everyone jumps up to leave once the food has stopped coming. There’s no dancing and it only lasts a few hours as opposed to all day.

I had a great time though.  I was honoured enough to be sitting on the top table next to my godfather, and the other guests at the table were really good fun.

Shaking up my Long Island Ice Tea
  I hadn’t met the bride, Jane, before but she was lovely and looked wonderful.  Mark’s a lucky guy.

I was intrigued by the wedding cake.  Apparently it’s common at Chinese weddings for them to have display cakes – i.e. most of the cake is a dummy, but there is a section that can be removed and replaced with real cake that can be cut and served to guests.  Quite clever I thought and definitely saves on a lot of wasted gateau.

The wedding was over by 9pm, so I met up with Inga back at the hotel and we went to meet Mike and Daniel at Attica, which is supposed to be one of the best clubs in Shanghai.

Another fun evening was had by all and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to dance!  There were a lot of photos being taken and apparently pictures of my crazy dancing have appeared both on the Attica website and in one of Shanghai’s events magazines.

The Jin Mao Tower and my hotel!

Inga had me in hysterics that evening.  She got really drunk on the deadly Long Island’s and at one point turned to me and said, ‘you know it’s really impressive...no one would ever realise you were retarded’.  She was referring to my deafness and her comment was meant as a compliment, but clearly the correct language escaped her.  I’ve never laughed so hard – I thought it was one of the funniest things ever.  Sadly for Inga, that quote will go down in history as THE classic quote from the China trip.

The evening ended with a very amusing cab ride home, with Inga telling me in detail what she was going to order from room service when she got back to the hotel followed by me having to remove her from between the two beds where she’d managed to get stuck after rolling off her bed.

The entrance to the Tower

After another hideously late night, we had to get up in order to check out of the room.  Inga was clearly incapable of doing anything, so I left her at the hotel and went off to The Bund to take a stroll before meeting Mark and Jane for lunch.

The weather was great...Unlike freezing Beijing, Shanghai was still experiencing t-shirt weather, and Mark, Jane and I were able to sit outside for lunch at a restaurant called New Heights at 3 on the Bund.  It was lovely to get the opportunity to spend a little more time with them both and again I felt quite honoured they’d made the time to see me the day after their wedding.

After lunch they took me to Nanjing Road, which is another popular shopping street in Shanghai.  Sadly, as with the previous day, I didn’t have much time to look around but that was probably best for my bank balance.

Inga and I on Huaihai Road
  I then made my way back to the hotel in time to pick up my bag and a more compos mentis Inga and get to the airport.

We had the usual cab problems at Beijing airport and when we got back to the flat it was so cold I had to wear triple layers of clothing to bed!

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Enjoying a drink at the highest ba…
Enjoying a drink at the highest b…
With Mike and Daniel at Bar Rouge
With Mike and Daniel at Bar Rouge
With some random who wanted to get…
With some random who wanted to ge…
Shaking up my Long Island Ice Tea
Shaking up my Long Island Ice Tea
The Jin Mao Tower and my hotel!
The Jin Mao Tower and my hotel!
The entrance to the Tower
The entrance to the Tower
Inga and I on Huaihai Road
Inga and I on Huaihai Road
Mark and Jane getting married
Mark and Jane getting married
The real cake in the fake cake
The real cake in the fake cake
Enjoying an Apple Martini at Cloud…
Enjoying an Apple Martini at Clou…
Inga tucks into a Mojito at Attica
Inga tucks into a Mojito at Attica
Inga and Daniel at Attica
Inga and Daniel at Attica
Avin a boogie with Mike at Attica
'Avin a boogie with Mike at Attica
The hands!
The hands!
More crazy dancing
More crazy dancing
Looking good!
Looking good!
Strike a pose
Strike a pose
How thin does my arm look here?!!
How thin does my arm look here?!!
A drunken Inga in the cab
A drunken Inga in the cab
Inga stuck between the beds
Inga stuck between the beds
The inside of the Grand Hyatt/Jin …
The inside of the Grand Hyatt/Jin…
The Bund
The Bund
View of the TV Tower from The Bund
View of the TV Tower from The Bund
A self portrait with some random C…
A self portrait with some random …
The Bund
The Bund
Shanghai
photo by: Chokk