Our flight from Xi’an to Shanghai arrived quite late so we headed straight to the hotel to sleep as we knew the following day would be a 7am start!
The first stop was the Shanghai Natural History Museum. Again, very interesting. I always love museums.
We visited the Yuyuan Garden (located beside the ‘City God Temple’) – incredible architecture and of course beautiful flowers. You cannot miss the huge Jade rock centrepiece as you walk through the gardens. I learnt that it was built around 1500 during the Ming Dynasty.
We were taken to a genuine Silk Factory. In the photos, you’ll see the machines used to make the silk as well as the silkworms! I learnt that it can take around 5000 silkworms to make one piece of clothing (e.g. a kimono)! I treated myself to a traditional Chinese silk dress…only for special occasions of course!
After another delicious à la carte lunch, we enjoyed an hour long cruise along the Huangpu River – incredible views of all the different skyscrapers. Unfortunately, it was really overcast whilst we were in Shanghai, so you’ll see in the photos, some of them are dark in colour as well as being slightly blurry. The pollution also contributed to the grey tint in the photos. We then headed back to the hotel to say our goodbyes as it was the official end of the tour (although we extended our stay).
The tour was extremely fast-paced so we took the following day at a slower pace! After enjoying yet another buffet breakfast at our hotel, we took a leisurely walk to a nearby mall with a lovely park next door to it and strolled around there for a while. We stopped off at an outdoor café in the park for coffee and cake. We spent the afternoon back at the hotel, making use of the pool etc. In the evening, we ventured out to a nearby restaurant for a quick bite to eat as well as stopping by another fresh juice bar I found!
The following morning, we had our flight from Shanghai to Tokyo so ‘stay tuned’ to find out what I got up to in Tokyo!