And we’ve come full circle. Back in Shanghai. At this point of the trip, I’m quite exhausted and ready to go home. Not because I don’t like China, but because I was getting physically sick and it was too much moving around. Living and being around so many people also just drained the energy out of me.
For being the largest city in the world, it sure is clean. I saw street cleaners everyday.
Expensive shopping area.
I think in large metropolitan cities there are always areas that look quite similar. Big brand names, expensive designer clothing, higher class things to buy. It’s not really my thing.
Doesn’t look like China to me.
I took a morning walk through the park and encountered a lot of people doing group exercises.
I read a sign in my hostel’s elevator, claiming Zhujiajiao to be “Shanghai’s Venice.” Said something along the lines of enjoy a day outside of the city, enjoy a relaxing time in the tranquil Zhujiajiao. I immediately scoffed, as it’s virtually impossible to avoid people, especially in touristy places.
Look familiar? This is Zhujiajiao is quite similar to Water Town in it’s setup. Except it’s actually been established for quite a few years.
I had quite an adventure finding Zhujiajiao. Me, being a cheap spender figured out that I could spend 12RMB vs 100RMB for a tour bus. So, I found the directions to get there, but wasn’t exactly sure where the bus stop was. I ended up asking several people.
I ended up running into a girl who was my age and studying at a university in Shanghai. She happened to have the day off and went with me to Zhujiajiao.
This was of course after she asked around because she had never heard of Zhujiajiao. Even though I probably didn’t get the correct tones I know that I was saying it correctly and she kept showing me a different location on the map. It had a similar name but it wasn’t the same.
We did eventually find the right bus. I was grateful to have a Chinese speaker to help me out. She knew about as much English as I knew Chinese. We used her translator a bit.
We enjoyed a couple of hours walking around the town and took a boat ride as well.
In a rush to get home, I took the maglev train. Actually I wasn’t in any hurry, I just wanted the experience. It was a short ride, but quite comfortable. Much more so than the subway. This is the fastest we went. It didn’t really feel fast as the ride was really smooth.
A view out the window of the maglev. Not exactly easy to take good pictures when you’re going so fast.
And that’s it. That was my whirlwind of an adventure in China. I got on the plane the day after visiting Zhujiajiao. All went well and I got home in the US the same day I left China. I still have a few filler posts to do about food and a couple of extra stories. In some respects I don’t feel like I had enough time to soak it all in. I hope to go back on day and live in one area for an extended period of time.