Shanghai was my favorite city we visited in China. I loved everything from the food to the architecture and the hustle and bustle that comes with its big city vibes. We visited Shanghai over seven times during our four-month stay in China because we just couldn’t get enough.
SHANGHAI TOWER: THE WORLD'S TALLEST OBSERVATION DECK.
OUR PARENTS WHILE WE WERE IN CHINA, TIM & NANCY
Because we spent so much time in Shanghai we were able to see a lot of the big sights and attractions that it has to offer… starting with SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND. Garret hadn’t been to any Disneyland since he was a little boy so it took a little bit of convincing to get him to pay that much for a park ticket, but once he was inside I was able to convince him that THE MAGIC OF DISNEY IS ALWYAS WORTH IT! But seriously, Shanghai Disney was the closest to being in America that I felt while in China. So many feelings of happiness and nostalgia came flooding in as we rode all the rides. We visited the park on a day when it rained in the morning so we basically had the park to ourselves and avoided the scary mile long lines that you hear about when people say Disney+China. When we left that night we had clear skies (unheard of for Shanghai) and the sunset was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You had better believe that I shed some serious tears and told Garret I wanted to live there for the rest of my life.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT GARRET'S HAND? HA!
NIGHT-TIME IN THE CITY
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, PUDONG SHANGHAI
We were lucky enough to know the Changs, a family living in Shanghai who my dad knew through business. They took Garret and I into their home like we were children of their own. I will never be able to repay them for all that they did for us. They supported us when China was hard and spoiled us every time we came to visit. They have a ten-year-old son, Mathew who Garret and I became very attached to. He reminded us both of our siblings and was a blast to be around and see Shanghai with. The Changs hosted us in Shanghai for my Birthday weekend and surprised me with a weekend in the Four Seasons Hotel in Pudong. It was the most memorable birthday I have ever had!
THE VIEW FROM OUR ROOM
BIRTHDAY DINNER WITH THE CHANGS
Shanghai has some of the most amazing shopping that I have ever seen. Their luxury malls are a dream to walk through (although I will never be able to morally justify a $3000 coat), and the food in all of them is amazing. Most big malls in China will have a grocery store or market in the bottom, and the ones in Shanghai have a lot of American food. We would bring an empty bag with us each time we visited just to fill with food we could take back with us!
The underground markets were everything I was told about and more. The one in Shanghai has good Nike, Adidas, Converse, and Hunter Boot knockoffs. All of ours are still in fantastic shape. They will usually cost you anywhere from $10-$25 US Dollars with some bargaining. I was raised going to yard sales and thrift stores so I consider myself a pretty good bargainer, but for some it takes a lot of practice. Don’t be afraid to walk away and try somewhere else again and again. Garret and I hardly stayed together while we shopped at underground markets; he would go buy our electronics and I would go buy the clothes. Typical. Some of my favorite things I bought were Lulu Lemon jackets, Swell water bottles, North Face Coats, and name brand makeup.
I have been to New York three times and if someone asked me which city I like better I would definitely say Shanghai, and the main reason is THE FOOD. Don’t get me wrong, I love the food in New York, but there is something otherworldly about the food in Shanghai. Just like in New York there is food from all over the globe, but their Asian influence makes everything better! The restaurants lining the Bund were my favorite and are not only delicious, but have the most amazing view! I still crave some of the food we ate in Shanghai on a regular basis! We definitely will be back soon!