Day 1: Shanghai
Hello from Shanghai! After flying from Chicago to New York, and then taking a 15-hour flight from Newark, we arrived in China — and this time we actually have visas.
There were zero problems as we changed our money and acquainted ourselves with Haibao, the omni-present mascot for the 2010 World Expo (pictured above). For transportation from the airport to Shanghai, we took the 430 km/hour Maglev train, which got us downtown in 8 minutes vs 1 hour by cab… nice!
Upon arrival, we trudged a mile from the subway to the Peninsula in a blowing rain storm. It wasn’t torrential, but when everybody busts out their umbrellas, the streets get crowded in a hurry. After a short break, we returned to the rain-soaked streets in search of dinner. Walking back down Nanjing road (pictured above), Nic led us to a restuarant called Grape. Delicious fried noodles, sweet and sour pork, dumplings, and an enormous beer for around $10. I like China prices so far.
After dinner, I dropped a couple bucks on a shirt and sweater as we wandered back east on Nanjing Road. It finally stopped raining. We checked out the Peninsula pool and called it a night.
awesome photo of umbrellas and reflections!!!