Shanghai is beautiful. I say this with a strong bias because I love Chinese culture and have wanted to visit China ever since I got obsessed with Mulan 20 years ago, but I think most people would agree with me. It’s a great city.
MORE DUMPLINGS. handmade and delicious of course
We’ve eaten at this place several times now. It’s just down the street from our hostel and has delicious dumplings, and it’s a popular place. Jennifer has taught me that when looking for food in an unfamiliar place, going to someplace busy with locals is always promising! (that sounds obvious, and I of course realize that now, but I’m so inclined to go to random hidden places and avoid crowds that I can overlook the reason things are so popular!)
Shanghai has some incredibly tall buildings.
We went to the top of the Shanghai Tower – the second tallest building in the world!!!
Standing at 2,073 ft, being up there truly has the view you only get from a plane or helicopter. Stunning.
The pollution makes the sun set a little earlier than it’s supposed to…
The way the city lights up at night is mesmerizing, especially from so high up.
Apparently it’s still a small world when you’re on the other side of it:
We ran into a friend we used to homeschool with (Kevin Midkiff). From Portland. In CHINA. I kind of stood there for a minute and stared at him to make sure I wasn’t kidding myself before I spoke up and said hi. Hahaha! What an unexpected place to catch up with somebody!
Okay, so one incredible experience (for me) I had at the tower, honestly, and it’s a bit embarrassing, but it was this toilet in the restrooms… it was heated and had a bunch of squirting settings and temperature controls and everything… I literally giggled the entire time I was in the bathroom and hoped people didn’t think something was wrong with me…
I forgot to mention… the elevator we took to the top is the fastest in the world at 18 meters – or 59 feet – per second!
It was a lovely day and taking our sweet time was super valuable to me. I already know that I want to come back to Shanghai someday soon. 🙂