Tuesday, January 26, 2016

That Time We Thought We Were Tourists But Were Really Celebrities in Shanghai, China

Our trip to Vietnam gifted us with a 15-hour layover in Shanghai. It was nice to be able to check out another city during our trip.

After getting off the plane, we hopped on the Maglev to get to our hotel near-ish the city center. The Maglev tops at 268 miles an hour. Being late at night with noise restrictions, it only went 190 miles per hour. So we arrived in 7 minutes.

After checking in we went straight to dinner for Chinese Dumplings, obviously. We then wandered around, but then needed to go back because it was 40 degrees and I was dressed for Vietnam weather. I don't know what I was thinking...

The next morning, we had a few hours to explore before going to the airport for Vietnam. We ate Chinese doughnuts, drank tea in a bamboo garden, wandered the market, and strolled along the river which provided amaze views of the skyline.

My favorite part was when two guys pulled Dan aside and pointed to their phone, pantomiming "picture". He told them of course he would take a picture of them. No no, they wanted a picture WITH him.

While Dan was getting papped with a group of guys, a guy came up to me asking to take a picture with me and his girlfriend.

I think it was the blonde hair (me, not Dan) or the beard (Dan, not me) or that we were white? I have no idea, all I know is we now have celebrity status in China. But despite that, I wasn't all that impressed with the city.

It could have been the limited time, or that it was just like any other big city. I mean, it didn't even feel like were were in the third most populated city in the world-- that would have made it slightly more interesting. It was just meh for me. So, while China is not on my bucket list, I may give it another chance on a future layover...

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