In the days of Shanghai being the most dreaded of sailor ports sailors were recruited by getting them passed out drunk. They awakened to a working gig on a ship bound for Shanghai. From Western China I booked a flight from Shanghai back to Kunming and got on a sleeper train to Shanghai, thinking this trip was rough and the only way I would come back is if I hadn't seen Shanghai. Woke up in Shanghai to discover the return flight was cancelled because C-Trip wanted all kinds of passport/visa info within 24 hours that there was no way of getting to them while on a train. Arrived and left 2 days early, but that was mostly because I had to take a hardseat train back to Kunming. The Bund is tourist ridden, bride photo territory. Asked hostel staff and roommate if there was a light show tunnel on the Bund. Yes but hard to describe exactly where. Asked a cop on the Bund beat. "Mayo." No such thing. Not allowed. The light tunnel is a light show under the river in a tram type car but you know that. It is one of the big attractions. Plus I was used to seeing other Westerners, one a day. Suddenly the place is swarming with them and forget a quick info exchange. Food mall has good vegetable steamed buns. Lots of fruit stands. Lit up heel wheels can be had for 20 yen. Hostel was fine. Clean showers, comfortable upper bunk bed, crowded room, easy location, watched the staff quickly get a couple with a sick baby a taxi to a hospital, good street food, street toys, but do not imagine you have to see Shanghai, 2 days were plenty. China was smart to herd the masses of crazy, lost tourists into one neighborhood.
- Also Known As:
- Mingtown Hiker Youth Hotel Shanghai