A few years ago, we did an 8 day trip to China.
This tour was intense- three major cities and lots of sightseeing in sub-freezing temps!
The advantage of visiting China this time of year, though, was avoiding the throngs of tourists that are there during other seasons.
Our first day started in Shanghai, where we had a few hour layover before we headed on to Beijing.
During this time, we went to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower for 360 degree views of the city. Yes, that’s smog!
This is a view of the famous Bund, which is one of the most well-known streets in Asia. It’s home to many foreign colonial buildings, banks, and swanky hotels.
While we didn’t go up inside the Jin Mao tower (pictured above), we could admire it from the Oriental Pearl Tower. This building is one of the tallest in the world, and a Mission Impossible movie was filmed here.
There’s a skybridge observation deck on 88th floor. Umm… I wouldn’t get on that deck for anything! (I think Tom Cruise did a fight scene there!)
Another fun experience was riding the Maglev train which reaches a speech of 430 km per hour. This is faster than the famous bullet trains of Japan.
Other trains pass at the blink of an eye. It’s really quite amazing.
Here’s another funny thing we observed in Shanghai- live hairy crabs for sale at the airport.
Forget about Pizza Hut Express!
Next week’s Flashback Friday will be all about Beijing, our next stop on our tour. Stay tuned!