In the train station
Today after a good sleep we got a taxi to see The Humbler Administrator Garden. It was large and very nice with several lotus ponds, buildings, open areas, rock gardens, and another big display of bonsai trees. By the time we were ready to leave the park had filled with groups of tourists, and the peaceful feeling start to be deteriorated by the noise and bustle of the tour groups. We left after a good visit and went back to the room to check out, collect our bags, and head for the bus station. Earlier a couple from the Nederland’s that were visiting Suzhou told us that they had come from Shanghai on the train and that it was dead easy.
We arrived at the train station with our luggage and found the ticket window. I gave her the peace sign and said Shanghai, and she gave us 2 tickets for the train to Shanghai ;T781 departing 12:40. From there we followed the crowd into the station and just tried to do what they did. We ended up in waiting room 4. The train was delayed 20 minutes, but it did come and our seats in car 9 were empty. Off we went. On the short journey the train stewardess was selling gyroscopes, shoe pads, wind up flash lights etc.. We didn’t buy any.
the tunnel under Huangpu river
When we arrived in Shanghai we started looking for how to get onto the subway line 4. With some finger pointing from the locals, we found the way and boarded the subway car with our luggage.
We rode it all the way around to the opposite side of the city where we got out at Ludan Road exit. Just across the street was our destination, the Blue Mountain Hostel. We checked into a double with a private bath. It was clean and comfortable and the staffs were very helpful. It was so much better than the one in Suzhou. Since we had neglect to make all but the most necessary use of the bathroom in Suzhou, we took a moment to clean ourselves up before heading out again. It was convenient having the metro station just across the street. We got on board and rode the subway to East Nanjing pedestrian street shopping area. When we got back to street level it felt like we were in New York, surrounded by tall buildings and bright lively signs . From there we walked toward the Bund, the riverside area with old French buildings.
The veiw of the bund from Pudong
On the way we went into a department store looking for a place to get something to eat. We found a restaurant and were seated next to the window. The view of the sky scrapers was a surprise. After eating we continued our walk towards the Bund. We took the tourist trap train under the river to the newest part of Shanghai where the tallest sky scrapers live. At the end of the train was the ‘aquarium’, a sad collection of desiccated fish, and the Sex Museum ��" nuff said. After that we emerged from the underground and we walked around enjoying the view. WE were lucky to be able to find a empty bench and sat for a while to watch the boats go by and listen to the street musician. All the boats were covered with colorful lights, one was shaped like a galleon, another like a dragon, and others like big widescreen TV’s .
boats with lights
It was like watching a water parade with the Bund as the back drop. Eventually we were too cold to stay any longer and we retraced our steps back to the hostel. Once back we had a couple of beers, watched a bit of a DVD, and then went to bed.
view of Pudong from the bund