Shanghai Journals

Shanghai Surprise

A December 2006 trip to Shanghai by Muchmor

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Quote: I had a week in Shanghai for a business trip in February 2006, here is my story.

Shanghai Surprise

Overview

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My few hours in the centre of Shanghai were the highlight of my trip. I went to the aquarium, which was very good, and the tower. Also dinner at M on the Bund was excellent.Quick Tips: If you are at a hotel, get the concierge to either give you a hotel card in Chinese, or get them to write the hotel name and address in Chinese, as most taxi drivers do not speak English. My hotel, the Renaissance Pudong gave out cards with the hotel details in Chinese, plus all the local landmarks, so you could just show this to the driver and get where you want to go. Best Way To Get Around: Taxis are available just about everywhere. Well, in the area I was in anyway. All the ones I used were metered...Read More

Renaissance Shanghai Pudong

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Hotel

Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Photo, Shanghai, China
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This hotel is located in the Pudong area of Shanghai, which is essentially the business area. It was ideally located for our exhibition as it was only a 5 minute taxi ride, however it is not a hotel for anyone wanting to do the tourist thing as it is too far from the tourist areas.I was greeted from my limo at the hotel entrance and my bag was taken from me. After I had checked in, they told me my bag would be sent up to my room, and it duly about 5 minutes later.The room was a good size, not huge, but reasonable. The furnishings were very nice, and the bedding looked expensive. There was a good size wardrobe, which housed a safe, iron, and ironing board. The bed was a king bed wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Renaissance Shanghai Pudong
100 Changliu Road
Shanghai, China 200134
+86 (21) 38714888

Lobby Lounge & Bar

Restaurant | "The Renaissance Brasserie"

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This restaurant is located on the second floor of the Renaissance Pudong hotel, and you can either have a buffet or order from the menu.

The buffet was extensive and consisted of both Chinese and western food. You have to order drinks separately, and sometimes the waiters were a little slow delivering.

If you order from the menu you get a good choice of food. Anything from sandwiches to pizza, Chinese to pasta, and other things in between. I had one of the nicest pizzas I have ever had at this restaurant.

The prices for both the menu and buffet were good and I would recommend this restaurant, as they seem capable of catering to most tastes.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Lobby Lounge & Bar
Renaissance Pudong Hotel
Shanghai, China

Lobby Lounge & Bar

Restaurant | "The Lobby Lounge & Bar"

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This is a nice, relaxed lounge located in the lobby of the hotel. There is running water, piped music, and waitresses to serve drinks and snacks. It leads to a bar area which again is a cosy, relaxed area to chill out. Some nights whilst we were there were a couple of Chinese girls singing with an electric organ. We found it a little annoying, and the sound was quite loud. Also their singing was not the best I have ever heard.

But if all you want is a drink to wind down at the end of the day, then this is a good place.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Lobby Lounge & Bar
Renaissance Pudong Hotel
Shanghai, China

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

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Attraction | "Shanghai Aquarium"

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium Photo, Shanghai, China
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I ended up in the aquarium in Shanghai simply because it was pouring rain. I was with a group of colleagues and we wanted to get out of the rain, and the aquarium was the first place we saw. We paid the equivalent of about $5 for entry.The aquarium mapped out to start with the beginning of time, and moving onto the present day. So the first things you see are mudskipper type fish, that apparently were around at the start of life on earth. You follow the experience round and see all sorts of strange fish and mammals.I have to say that having been to an aquarium in just about every place I have ever visited, this one is the best. It is incredibly clean and very easy to get around. Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Yincheng Bei Lu 158
Shanghai, China
021/5877-9988

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Photo, Shanghai, China
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Located in the heart of Shanghai, this rather strangely designed tower offers an opportunity to view Shanghai from 468m. It is the tallest tower in Asia and the third tallest in the world.There are several different types of ticket to buy which allow you to go to different levels. We bought the most expensive which sends you first to the round segment near the bottom of the tower. The second stop is s lift up to the top section. Here the views are much better. The third stop is to the bottom of the tower. We went when the light was just starting to go down, so we saw the views in daylight and in the dark. Both have their bonuses, so if you can go when you will see both you get the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Oriental Pearl TV Tower
1 Shi Ji Boulevard, Pu Dong District
Shanghai, China 200120
+86 (21) 5879 1888

Virgin Upper Class Flight

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Virgin Upper Class Photo, Shanghai, China
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I flew upper Class with Virgin Atlantic to get from London to Shanghai. The new Upper Class Suite they have is very different from other airlines I have flown with.You get a seat, which is angled, away from the window into the aircraft. This makes it slightly awkward to look out of the window, if that is what you want to do. The seat reclines to various levels, but if you get off the seat and press a button, the whole seat rotates and transforms into a flat bed.Virgin gives you a sleep suite, which is like a track suite you can sleep in. You also get a duvet and big pillow, making sleeping on the plane a pleasant experience. The food they serve is very good quality and be...Read More