A Shanghai Shitytrip


I should apologize for this title, shouldn’t I? I was just trying to be funny, that’s all. Shanghai Shitytrip just sounds so much better than Shanghai citytrip. Try it, say it out loud. Yes, it does sound better! Now you know it has nothing to do with Shanghai being shitty. On the contrary, Shanghai is a pretty nice shity, ishn’t it? (I will stop with this nonsense now, I promise)

So, about Shanghai. There are lots of blog posts and online articles about this gigantic Chinese city. And almost all of them are extremely positive. And why wouldn’t they be? I mean, Shanghai is so lively, it has some nice museums, it offers an extensive nightlife, it has the Bund, skyscrapers, famous gardens, a zoo (where they keep dogs! Honestly, which zoo has dogs in cages? It’s ridiculous), great public transport and temples (with jade stolen from Birma). You can practice yoga in gardens, drink tea in unique tea houses and explore the Chinese cuisine. You can go shopping on Nanjing Road, you can go on a boat or travel to Zhujiaojiao, which they call the Venice of the East (and which is gravely exaggerated). Plenty of stuff to do, you see.

When I was there in January I had some mixed feelings though. I met some very nice girls who asked me to go with them to a tea ceremony, which was just amazing (and quite expensive to be honest), I saw some old dudes on the street trying to light a massive roll of fireworks (and it wasn’t even Chinese new years yet), I had some amazing food and went to some cool parties. And I even stayed in a decent youth hostel, with English speaking staff. I liked it, but nothing more than that. And when you’re this far away from home, you’re not looking for something nice, are you? You wanna get swept of your feet. And that just didn’t happen unfortunately. Maybe it had something to do with the cold weather, I don’t know. But I’ll come back someday, hoping to be dazzled.

Written by the.ego.tripper

the.ego.tripper is a huge fan of author boxes with useless info, tourist traps, family resorts with kids peeing in the pool, airport hotels, expensive wifi, jetlags, lost luggage, warm beer and airline food. Basically all the good things in life! To nicely fill out this author box I will now talk gibberish in Latin: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

      1. Well I think it provided you with a wonderful canvas and you owe it to the place to give it another try – us at least, so we can see pictures of a different face of the city (where my father was born, incidentally, in 1908, when it was a British Protectorate, can you believe?).

  1. So, you’re saying that I owe it to my readers to give it another try and show a different face of the city. This is where I have to disagree, respectfully of course sir. But this is a blog about my personal experiences and feelings, it’s not an objective travel report where I only talk about the awesomeness of a destination. By the way, I feel that with these pictures I am already showing a very nice face of the city. And also in the text, you could hardly say that I’m giving too much critique. I just didn’t get swept of my feet, that’s all.

  2. Lovely photos, like what you’ve done with ’em! I went to Shanghai back in Dec 2009. Didn’t enjoy my trip the least. The tour guide just dragged us to those touristy shops one after the other. Dreadful. Though I did enjoy the pearl tower cruise ride. Hoping to go back again and experience Shanghai without a guide.

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