Last night, I just got back from Shanghai, and let me tell you, if you go anywhere in China, you gotta go to Shanghai! It's so beautiful! The constant rush of the city life and the beautiful bright lights from skyscrapers beside the Yangtze River makes it one of my favorite places so far on this trip! You can definitely feel a different vibe here than compared to Beijing as well! Shanghai is the international city of China because of international business relations, as well as European settlements from long ago.
Shanghai is located in the southern region of China, while Beijing is located in the northern region of China. Just like in the US, there are a few differences between the north and south of China. The food for one thing in the south, is a bit different than the north. The south is known for their rice and sweet flavored dishes, while the north is known for their noodle and a bit spicy dishes! Also, the dumplings and pot stickers are different in both regions! In the North, the dumplings are more of a half-moon shape, while the south they are made in a ball. The north's pot stickers are rolled, while the south's pot stickers are in the shape of a ball, with a bit of soup in them. They are very delicious! I definitely encourage anyone who travels to Shanghai to try them!
Two of my favorite things we did in Shanghai were seeing the Oriental Pearl Tower, and taking a ferry on the Yangtze River at night! Shanghai at night is so beautiful! The whole city just lights up with neon signs on the river! Truly beautiful and breathtaking! And the Oriental Pearl Tower at night is probably one of the most eye-catching parts of the city! Every few seconds it changes from purples to blues to greens! And not to mention the world's second tallest building was right next to it! The Shanghai Tower is definitely another huge aspect of the city! It's also the largest building in China, and second to the tower in Dubai! Completely incredible witnessing it in real life!
On the left is the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the building on the far right in the background is the Shanghai Tower!
Another reason I loved the Oriental Pearl Tower, was because we found this one level to it where you can look directly down because of the glass floor! It's a bit scary at first walking over to stand on the glass and looking down! (I had to slowly inch myself over at first!) But definitely, definitely a must-see while in Shanghai without a doubt! The ferry ride at night and the glass floor of the tower are the two things I would recommend anyone who goes to Shanghai to do!
Want to know another thing that's great about traveling to Shanghai from major Chinese cities? It's so convenient to travel! You can take a plane, or you can take the high-speed bullet train! Sunday afternoon, we left from the Tianjin Bullet Train Station, and arrived in Shanghai five hours later! It would've taken about fifteen hours by regular train if we didn't take the bullet! The trains travel at almost 200mph!!! It's so fast and cozy too! Most of us just slept the whole way there since you can recline so much with the seat as well as you don't really feel it move that much when it gets going! Above all, very convenient and I would definitely recommend!
In conclusion, would I come back to Shanghai? Definitely, YES!!!!
So see ya soon Shanghai, and hello again Tianjin! Until next time!