Shanghai to Xi’an

Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai

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To avoid the “smog”, we opted to workout in the hotel fitness centre which happened to be adequately equipped with aerobic machines and weights.  After a nice street breakfast, we headed up to Jinmao Tower (9m/sec elevator) to the 88th floor for a beautiful skyline view of Shanghai.  Then, we headed to the French Concession and checked out the Mansion Hotel which used to be a gangster’s (big ear Du) elegant house.  Then we checked out a very cute shopping area nearby….grabbed lunch (sticky rice and some summer ice cream-red bean-tapioca ball-jelly concoction that’s native to Shanghai).  We contemplated taking the Maglev high speed train from the airport to Shanghai and back just to see what it was like (30km in 8min)…but opted to play it safe and just chill at the airport.  We flew out from Shanghai to Xi’an and developed a bad cold on the way.

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Shanghai

Nanjing Road is one of the world's busiest sho...

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we took an early morning run along the Bund. The thick fog/smog was a bit unbearable, but the views were amazing!  After picking up a of quick breakfast items along the street (yummy fried bread with chives and sticky rice with fried dough in the middle). At 10a, we headed to the shanghai urban planning exhibition center and discovered the true size of shanghai via miniature scale model.  As it began to rain, we headed to the Jiangnan Silk workshop where we learned how silk was taken from the silk worm and used to make clothing and bedding.  There was a torrential downpour as we headed out to the Yu Garden, so we headed to a restaurant next to the area and had some dumplings , chicken feet, and other delicious items.  after lunch, we headed to the beautiful Yu Garden where there was a nice shopping area designed in traditional Chinese architecture.  After this we went to Xiantandi, an area that is pretty similar to Newbury street in Boston.  we also headed to Nanjing road which was really a beautiful spectacle at night….almost like a Times Square with all the lights and people out doing some shopping and eating.  I got some Li-nings that are super light.  We finished up the loop by taking a nighttime stroll along the Bund. With all the lights and people out, it was truly the place to be!