After finishing up the day with some time relaxing at the park it was time for us to figure out what to do with our evening. Tim, Manuel and I decided to headed out to The Bund.
The Bund (or Wai Tan) is the riverfront of Shanghai, with stunning views of all the buildings lit up in the night.
With the interesting comparison of the European-style architecture on one side of the river to the modern Chinese towers on the other, it makes for an amazing scene.
The downside to the area’s impressive views is its popularity, and therefore its prices. We bought some very over-priced fast-food-style Chinese that tasted pretty underwhelming. Overall the views were entirely worth it though!
After a long 15 hour train trip I made it to Shanghai! This is the first time I’ve been somewhere in China that isn’t so polluted that visibility is difficult, so that is a plus. It seems cleaner in general, although there are still the usual rubbish piles and cigarettes everywhere.
I got to my hostel without any issues. The hostel itself is very nice, the best place I’ve stayed yet, which is great. I feel like everywhere I’ve been has had its charm but it’s nice to be somewhere that feels clean for a change.
I met a couple of guys, Tim from The Netherlands and Manuel from Germany. Both traveling solo like me. We all decided to head out for dinner and drinks together.
The meal was ok, albeit a bit overpriced. We got a bunch of different dishes and shared them all. The duck was pretty average and was rather chewy and generally mediocre. But they did a decent job with the veggies.
The beer here is not particularly alcoholic, which means they often come in bigger bottles. We were given 600ml ones in the restaurant but back home you’d be looking at almost half of that. I don’t know beer but Tim and Manuel inform me it wasn’t anything outstanding.
As my train from Beijing was in the evening I wanted to make the most of the day.
This for me means some stretching/exercise and a big breakfast. A Chinese breakfast is however very different to what we have in Australia. Over here restaurants and street stalls make hundreds of buns that are steamed rather than baked and filled with meats and vegetables. There are other options but this seems to be the most common.
After eating and getting packed up I met Tina at the subway ready for some adventure!
We made it to our destination which was a very tall rock climbing wall in a park further towards the outskirts of Beijing. Maybe 20 metres tall?
It was exhausting in the heat but I managed the basic wall a couple of times before moving on to a harder one and then doing some bouldering. Then it was time to say goodbye to Tina and head for my station – ready for whatever Shanghai throws my direction!