AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, brought me to Shanghai last Sept. 23 to 28–my very first time in mainland China! I took the 8:20pm flight on the 23rd and arrived in Pudong International Airport (PVG) at around 10:30pm. My hotel–The Bund Riverside–is located at the Bund which is around 30km from the airport and travel time by taxi from Pudong International Airport to my hotel took around 30 minutes.
The moment I entered my hotel room at the 16th floor of The Bund Riverside, I fell in love with it instantly. The hotel is classified as 4 star but it felt like 5, really!
Here’s my queen size bed:
Here’s my work station:
The spacious comfort room has three divisions, the bath tub in front of the mirror, the shower room at the right corner and the toilet bowl at the left corner room which has a washer, dryer, deodorizer, and I can even control the seat and water temperature. Furthermore, it glows in the dark! How cool is that?
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Since my hotel is located at the riverside, I went outside at midnight and just a few minutes walk, this breathtaking view made me speechless:
The Bund is a symbol of Shanghai and an epitome of the city’s modern history. On one side of the broad highway stand 52 blocks of magnificent buildings with innovative architectural styles (above photo). They call it “museum of modern world architecture.
Here is my daytime snap of THE view:
On the other side you can see classic buildings which contrast the futuristic skyscrapers beautifully. It’s a showcase of Shanghai’s historical architecture which has a London feel at daytime and a Paris feel at night.
This is Shanghai’s version of London’s Big Ben. It strikes every hour of the day until midnight.
The next day, I rode the sightseeing bus to familiarize myself of the city’s whereabouts:
Then I went to the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel located at the Diamond area where I rode an underground sightseeing train that will cross the river from the Puxi side to the Pudong side!
This is the train that crossed the Huangpu river under the river floor:
In less than 30 minutes, I’m now on the other side of the river where the Oriental Pearl Tower is located!
The Oriental Pearl Tower stands 468 m. high and consists of 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels creating an artistic conception of “large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate.”
Here is the view from the upper sphere of the Oriental Pearl Tower. The circular footbridge connects the tower to Super Brand Mall, IFC Mall and Lujiazui Metro Line 2 station.
The glass floor at the upper sightseeing sphere is nerve-wracking!
The highest observatory level is called the Space Module. Here you can find aliens dancing to Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m (876 ft) level and a 20-room hotel called the Space Hotel between the two large spheres. At the bottom (final part of the Oriental Pearl Tower tour) are exhibition facilities, some restaurants, shopping mall and automobile museum.
The chocolate cream puff at the ground level is a must-try!
More souvenir items are being sold outside:
For my next update, I will blog about Shanghai World Financial Center, the shopping mecca that is Nanjing Road Pedestrian Walkway, Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street, People’s Park, and the Maglev Train.
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