I learned quite a few things in China. Our first stop was Beijing and then Shanghai.
Beijing is the conservative and ancient city unlike Shanghai which is the exact opposite.
Weather: The first thing you would notice when you step down from the plane is the weather.
Beijing is way cooler than Shanghai. Beijing is dry, windy, and sunny and the weather when you are outside is untolerable. In Shanghai, it’s wet(rainy) and cloudy and a ray of sunshine would bring a delight to your face.
Tour Guide: Most of the tourists have tour guides here. It’s the next thing you would notice.
Our Beijing tour guide Miss Vicki, was jolly and very efficient. Good services. She made our stay in Beijing fun. She was not a bore, and she made us interact with her as well. She is very flexible and cater for everybody’s wants.
Our Shanghai tour guide Miss Sammi, was ok. She smiles and answers your question but not as efficient as Vicki.
Common thing in our tour guides: Nice clothes. You can make them sing(and the same song). Both are trying hard to give us jokes. Both are single and looking for a boyfriend. Haha.
Buildings: The bus has a wide window, enough for you to take pictures and get a full view of the places you are passing.
*Another Beijing building*
Shanghai is much developed compared to Beijing. It’s buildings are higher than in Beijing. Shanghai has a lot of well-known hotels.
*Taken outside Shanghai Airport*
Shanghai-nese food is much sweeter than what is served in Beijing. Still the same though, too oily. -_- The signal for the lauriat-style to end is the watermelon. It is the last to be served. Peking duck was not new to me. Davao has a Chinese restaurant that serves Peking duck but lately it ran out of supply due to the bird flu. But still the way they serve the duck is different. They also serve pigeon in Beijing and goose in Shanghai.
The part I like there was the breakfast buffet. Less Chinese food. Haha.
I like the interior of their restaurants. They have a man-made falls or whatever in display that would attract customers. It’s nice. Every restaurant has a different façade and interior. Some restaurants has a performance every night as well.
So guys beware of those picture taking… because you might be asked for some money.
Nights: Shanghai Nights
Shanghai night life is pretty much active. They have a lot of bars/karaoke/mah-jong places. There are more foreigners and business people in Shanghai. Teenagers go to bars, the not-so-much teen goes to karaoke and the old ones in mah-jong places.
Shopping: I have to say shopping in Philippines is way better than shopping in China!! They have 3 different qualities. Class A, Class B and Class C.
Temples and Gardens:
This was supposed to be their Disneyland. It was unfinished because the owner got bankrupt.
Olympic Stadium for 2008(Beijing):
Everybody knows that the Olympics this 2008 will be held in Beijing. Everybody in China is preparing for it. They have different souvenir items ready even if it is just 2006.
I did not get any decent pictures of the cutieee pandas. *gah* All were too dark. They were inside and the lighting was not that good. It was a bit dim… so the pictures are dark. One is supposed to be staying outside but I guess the weather is a bit toooo cold for them. They said during summer the pandas have a cable tv to entertain them. And since they are too preoccupied with the tv they would not even look at the tourists. Nyahaha. 🙂
Mausoleum of Mao Tse Tung(Beijing):
This is where the body of Mao Tse-Tung lay. Mao Tse-Tung wants to be cremated… I wonder why he wasn’t. Ala-Marcos style. Once inside, you are not allowed to stare at Chairman Mao’s body… but you need to move on. Cameras are not allowed inside.
NOTE: Do not buy the flowers they sell to honor Chairman Mao. You know why? Because, they are just recycling it. All the flowers are identical. And once it is inside…. they can recycle to use it for tomorrow. Wow.. pretty cunning huh? 😛
*Behind is the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao*
This one is just near the Mausoleum of Mao Tse Tung. Here you can take pictures all you want.
Kung Fu Show (Beijing):
They say it’s one of the best show. (but I like the Lion King Live Show in Disneyland HK better hehe) -_- You can even have your pictures taken with the actors/actress outside.. before and after the show.
I did not have mine taken with them… because there were soooooooo mannyyyy people. Foreign people. Big people. British and Americans alike. Haha. -_-
The Yu Garden in Shanghai. Near this garden is a temple-turned-flea-market. The bargain thingy here is much better compared to Beijing. -_- A bit better… but still…
Nan Jing Road(Shanghai):
This is the shopping haven of the people in Shanghai or so they say. A few minutes walk in our hotel. Well lighted as well. 🙂 Nice place to hang out.
Huang Pu River Cruise(Shanghai):
This is a nice river cruise. 🙂 You’d see Shanghai at it’s best! Yay. Well lighted… with all the prominent structures…. *sigh* It was soo nice. 🙂
I love to watch the little Chinese kids. -_- They look so cuteee with their winter clothes.. and it’s not hard to make them smile. They smileeee sooo genuinely from the heart it would make you want to cry. SOooo cuteeeee.
*That kid made me teary-eyed… hayyyy. I would never forget that lil kid’s smile. It wass just so different from the smiles of other kids. -_-*
Not everybody knows how to speak English. Hard to communicate with them. But there was one kid who showed us the way to Pearl Market… and it was quite astonishing to hear him speak in straight English.
*That guy is so funny. After the picture taking he would gesture to look at your camera… maybe to check how he looks like in the picture. hehe*
I almost did not get any chance to take the Sunset in Shanghai. And *good heavens* when we were about to board the plane for Shanghai-Manila… I was able to see the sun setting in Shanghai and capture it. Weeeee.
That’s all for now.. Picture overload na ata eh. -_-
All in all… it was a fun filled trip.. although there were certain times… it was not that good because.. my parent’s oppressor is around. Read this for more info.