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.