It's been a while since we left you without a cool travel flick to step to. Our last video adventures took you on a tour of Tongchuan Lu and walkabout in our favorite Luxun Park) but rest assured, we've been busy ever since, putting together yet more awesome China travel insider vids for your viewing pleasure, and now we're back. The VPN or proxy in China... what do you mean haven't got one? We recommend you get one immediately—talk to Freedur—life is so much better beyond the clutches of the GFW) is hosting some brand, spanking new goods for you to check out with 48 hours in Shanghai (Part 1) ready and waiting to take you on a whirlwind tour of this mega-city we call home.
Part 2 is coming up later in the week and as you'll see, things are on the up: production quality is vastly improved and the host has combed his hair, brushed his teeth and put on some clean clothes! Watch it, after the jump.
This first Shanghai installment follows us from Pudong Airport as we take the high-speed Maglev train to Longyang station. From there we hop on Metro line 2 to Lujiazui for a trip up the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to gasp, awe-struck at the cityscape disappearing into the horizon... and below our feet!
After that it's time for a stroll along the Pudong side of the Huangpu River then a ferry across to check out the Bund. For me, this was one of the best parts of the trip because I rarely have the time to hang out along the river and since moving here from Chengdu last summer, I thought Pudong was basically a massive parking lot, but that is not the case.
The East Bank (Binjiang Da Dao) has a very nice promenade complete with Starbucks and some ice cream joints (all with outside seating) and the type of talented tout that can earn my money, like the toothless paper-whiz featured in our little short.
The ferry was a pleasant surprise as well. I had no idea that there are more than 13 different Chongming Island. The ferry is also very cheap; you won't spent more RMB 20 for any trip—the ferry linking the Bund with the Pudong promenade is just two kuai.
While hanging at the Bund we stopped in at the old lighthouse-turned-museum/cafe and I must say that was delightful. A nice cappuccino and a breeze made me sing on the terrace and the owner told us about his plans to revamp the lighthouse even further, mentioning something about a cigar salon...
Dan Shapiro, Shanghai's leading nightlife guru and food fanatic (a.k.a. Hungry Dan a.k.a. Legend Taste, a Yunnan-inspired joint that "serves it up reaaal goood" giving us some tasty dinner plans to follow on from our stroll through the winding alleys that make up one of Shanghai's hippest neighborhoods, Taikang Lu (Tianzifang).
The video ends in the private room of a ridiculously swanky do, with yours truly trying not to slip a $4 million emerald up my sleeve or make a fool out of myself trying to get a telephone number from a Persian goddess with millions of dollars in diamonds shimmering around her neck.
Just how the heck did that happen? You'll have to check out the video and find out—you just never know what's around the corner with 48 hours in Shanghai!
If you are living in the 21st century and have VPN-ified your Internet experience, then please be our guest and enjoy the video (linked to above).
Check out Part II of our Shanghai adventure!