Day 1: Shanghai

We’re back in China!  Our trip is book-ended with the same cities as last year (Shanghai and Beijing), but we’ll visit three new destinations in between (Chengdu, Lijiang, and Huangshan).  The map below shows our intended route:

Trip itinerary

Our flight from Chicago arrived in Shanghai in late afternoon, and after another ride on the Maglev train (max speed 431 km/hr, or 268 mph), subway transfer and short walk, we checked into the Peninsula.

First thing we saw coming out of the subway -- hey, Derrick Rose, hometown superstar!

We were greeted by Terry Crandall, my old executive chef from Chicago and current executive chef at the Peninsula Shanghai.  He graciously offered a hotel/kitchen tour before we went to dinner.

Getting the behind-the-scenes tour

View of Pudong from the Peninsula rooftop terrace

In our slightly jet-lagged state, we opted for familiarity over adventure and decided we’d eat dinner at The Grape, the same restaurant we dined at the first night last year.  On the way, we walked along Nanjing Lu, one of Shanghai’s most famous shopping streets.

Huge crowds, lots of neon - welcome back to Asia

Pleasant weather and NO RAIN!

Dinner at The Grape was delicious: sweet and sour pork, stir-fried noodles, and cucumbers in garlic sauce.  Plus, Matt’s favorite: a gigantic bottle of Tsingtao beer costing about $1.25.

Excellent food and ever-present helpful waitstaff

Beer in China is still cheaper than water or Coke

After dinner we headed back to the hotel, exhausted but happy.  Our first day in Shanghai was easy and comfortably familiar, and we’re looking forward to seeing some new parts of the city over the next two days.

3 Comments on “Day 1: Shanghai”

  1. Thanks again for the phone call – glad your flight went well. I don’t know what “Pudong’ is, but your photo makes it look like a mystical island in a Cirque d’Soliel(sp.?) setting!!! Also, the map is great – and since your last trip’s itinerary is listed right beside it, it is interesting to see where you went before and where you are headed this time…I didn’t realize that you were going to be so close to Tibet area. Well, have a great time exploring – eating – exploring – eating…..can’t wait to see your next installment! love ya, mom

  2. Hey, Matt promised he’d take us with you guys on your next trip! Looks like you snuck away without us….again 🙂 Anyway, Glen says take lots of food photos. He loooooves the food shots! Have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to reading your blog and keeping track of your adventures.

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