Have you ever been to China before? Josh and I went to Beijing a little under a year ago. We loved it in a lot of ways, but it was freezing! I still remember the feeling of walking around with completely numb feet. Not the best feeling in the world.
Recently, we made a trip to Shanghai. This time the weather was really pleasant! It rained on and off, but it never rained hard enough to keep us inside for long. If you do plan to go to China, I’d recommend going sometime in the fall/spring months to avoid the extra hot and freezing weather.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is always the food. It’s so fun getting to experience another culture through trying what they eat. Occasionally we do tours while we travel, and this time we did a breakfast tour. If you ever get a chance, I’d recommend it!
We were the only ones on the tour, so we got to talk with a man from Shanghai for a few hours while he brought us around to some of his favorite places to eat traditional foods for breakfast. He told us the names of the food, but none of the names were in English so I’m still not really sure what we ate. It was all delicious, though!
He also took us to see Yuyuan Garden. It’s a beautiful garden full of different plants, little ponds, and ancient looking buildings.
After our walk through the garden, we went to a teahouse where we had a large assortment of teas. One of the types was a flowering tea. It’s made out of flowers and other plants and when you pour the hot water into the glass it actually makes the flowers look like they’re blooming!
Our new friend brought us to explore the Bund a bit. It was nice because our hotel, the Fairmont Peace Hotel, was right on it, giving us beautiful views and easy access to it for walks whenever we felt like it. The Bund, if you aren’t familiar with it, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Shanghai. It’s a waterfront area that runs along the Huangpu River. There’s a large space for people to walk and just enjoy looking at the water and all the surrounding buildings. We saw it in the morning and evening; it was beautiful both times!
Later in the day we walked on Nanjing Road to see a bit of the Shanghai night life. By that point it was drizzling a bit again, but that didn’t stop anyone! There were so many different types of people out exploring the city.
We didn’t get to stay in Shanghai long, but we loved our time there! Hopefully some day we can visit again. If you have gone or plan to go to Shanghai we’d love to hear about it!