Shanghai Journals

Shanghai Here we Come - Part 1

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A June 2012 trip to Shanghai by Praskipark

Pudong Airport Photo, Shanghai, China More Photos
Quote: This is the first of my journals written about my experiences in Shanghai during my trip in June, 2012. I have covered the airport, hotel, and dining experiences. There are more journals to follow so keep your eyes peeled.

Hope Star Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Hope next time is better"

Hope Star Restaurant Photo, Shanghai, China
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Hope Star restaurants seem to dominate Terminal 1 in Pudong International Airport having three restaurants on the top floor above the departure area. There are other small restaurants but these mainly serve fast Chinese food. It was around 11am when we decided to look for something to eat having spent the night in one of the airport hotels for the night. This particular hotel called itself a motel. I am never really sure what the difference between a hotel and a motel is but never mind on with the story. Motel 168 didn’t serve breakfast so this is why we were mooching around in the airport looking for food. At this time I didn’t fancy a bowl of Chinese food or a burger. I wanted a sandwich or somethin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2012

Hope Star Restaurant
Pudong International Airport
Shanghai, China

Old Shanghai Teahouse

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Restaurant | "Tea for four in Old Shanghai"

Old Shanghai Teahouse Photo, Shanghai, China
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On our last day in Shanghai in June of this year our hosts, Mr Wang and Viva Du offered to take us to the airport but before doing so they wanted to take us to a traditional Chinese Teahouse. There are many teahouses in Shanghai but this particular one situated in the Old Town on Middle Fangbang Road is ancient and considered to be one of the best.The building the teahouse is situated in looks slightly run down from the exterior and there was work being carried out on the front façade so we had to be careful when stepping over the huge stone step to reach the lift to take us all to the second floor of the building. I expected the tea house to be crowded and was surprised at how few people ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2012

Old Shanghai Teahouse
385, Middle Fangbang Road
Shanghai, China

Yu Garden Cafe at Renaissance Shanghai

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Restaurant | "An animated and sophisticated restaurant in Shanghai"

Yu Garden Cafe at Renaissance Shanghai Photo, Shanghai, China
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On our recent stay at the Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel we chose to eat in the Yu Garden Cafe rather than any of the other three restaurants in the hotel. It seemed that this was the most popular place to dine in mainly because of its large size and the wonderful views outside of South He Nan Road.The Yu Garden Café is on lobby level, open from 6am until midnight daily; a pretty funky place and one I fell in love with from the first time we sat down for lunch on the first day of our trip. It has a real 80s feel to it with orange and yellow plastic cylindrical lights decorating the central aisle where food is displayed. There is an L shaped fruit section where you will find bananas, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Yu Garden Cafe at Renaissance Shanghai
South He Nan Road
Shanghai, China

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

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Hotel | "Renaissance Yu Garden Hotel - I love you"

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Photo, Shanghai, China
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This attractive 4 star hotel belongs to the Marriot chain of hotels, located on South He Nan Road in the Huangpu district of Shanghai. The location is excellent near to the Yu Yuan Metro stop and within walking distance of the Old Town and Yu Yuan Gardens & Bazaar. The Bund and water front is only about 30 minutes away; one of the top attractions of Shanghai. Arrival at the hotel was a blessing. We were exhausted and overheated; all we could think about was having a shower. Our hosts for the week went and checked us in which was a nice gesture.The reception desk is based in the lounge, a long desk attended by 4 or 5 efficient Chinese staff. Passports had to be handed over and checked a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
159 South He Nan Road
Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010
86-21-23218888

A touch of futurism in Pudong

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Pudong Airport Photo, Shanghai, China
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Having never travelled before to Shanghai I didn’t really have an image of Pudong International Airport in my head and no idea what the facilities were like. Taking into account the size of Shanghai and the land space I had an inkling that the airport would be on a grand scale and modern. Indeed it was grand and very futuristic. The roof alone is very impressive; it looks like a giant blue metal pin cushion with white steel pins coming forth from the top holding the large expanse together. On arrival I was very pleased that the temperature was 28 degrees centigrade but I hadn't really prepared myself for the humidity level. Warsaw is very humid in the summer but Shanghai is a different sto...Read More