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Shanghai Day 2

We againall struggled with jet lag overnight and were all up in the middle of the night doing stuff as we couldn't sleep. We had the hotel breakfast around 9 am which was pretty good and then retired to our rooms as it had started to rain and the heat the day before had scared us off! However when we did venture out we found it much more comfortable as the rain and breeze had cooled things down. We wandered around a local street and Julie purchased a couple of momentos. We had a late lunch at a local eatery and went back to the hotel for a couple of hours rest before venturing out with a private guide Tom, who took us first on an evening cruise to see the amazing building lightshows. The boat was pretty big - three decks - but we had the forward section pretty much to ourselves as Tom had arranged VIP passes. The lights were much more spectacular than any of us had envisaged and it was hard to stop taking photos and videos (see some attached). The cruise took around an hour and then Tom took us to the 'old city' where we experienced a whole different architectural world. These buildings are over 200 years old and beautiful. Tom told us that prices are so high here now that a two bedroom condominium in 'downtown' will set you back US$4 million! No wonder the people are moving out to the 'burbs' in their droves. One of the other interesting facts - the Shanghai Council now charges motorised scooter owners US$25k to register a new scooter.
So now almost all scooters are electric. However the silly bastards drive them at night with no lights to save the battery charge - talk about dangerous! Tom then took us up close and personal with the new buildings including the Shanghai Tower which at 632 meters, it is the world's second-tallest building, after the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Tomorrow Tom has arranged a 'cultural' tour...

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 08:38

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