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Splendid Shanghai

Experiencing Shanghai's Sweet Winter Splendour!

Sitting on Asia’s longest and very popular River --- Yangtze River, is one of China’s key and finest cities – SHANGHAI. :) It has a perfect fusion of modern and traditional cultures which makes it truly fascinating.
It was a business trip for me in Shanghai. Lucky me, I was with one of my BFFs in this trip – Robbie. And very lucky us, we have been nicely accommodated by our dear friend Carmel who patiently took us around after our meetings, and even opened her Casa Carmel for us. We were also joined by some of our colleagues from Manila – Glowie, Ms Cristy, and AJ.
We arrived in Shanghai on a freezing Zero Degree weather one Sunday afternoon. And yes, my friend Robbie feasted on my “Welcome Shanghai Winter Outfit”… But it’s ok, it’s a “Yam” Trademark to be in short dresses and mini- skirts no matter what season there is.

Shanghai Touchdown Outfit :)
Lace Dress by PRP, Blazer by Forever21, Thermal Inner Shirt by Marks & Spencer, Boots by Sassy Spot, Coach Bag, & Scarf c/o Hubby

Shanghai for me was all about food and shopping. Oh yes, I think I gained 3 more pounds in 7 days.
Among the restaurants you should visit in Shanghai are: #1 Boxing Cat Brewery (where they consider Beer as Art) and food is superb! Their spicy chicken wings and nachos are a Must! This is located along Fu Xing Road. You will also be surprised that some members of the staff there are Filipinos who are very warm and nice.

Boxing Cat Brewery
Boxing Cat Brewery

  1. 2 Lost Heaven Restaurant (a bit more upscale) serves good Asian food. The branch we visited was the one near The Bund. You’ll need to make prior reservations to be able to get a seat. We were told the restaurant is always full – both highly visited by Chinese and International Tourists. #3 Carrefour Food Court --- there’s a bunch of good Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese restaurants to choose from. And with their big serving sizes, it’s really a good value for your money.

Lost Heaven Restaurant
Lost Heaven Restaurant
Lost Heaven Restaurant

Shopping was indeed a very emotional experience especially in the bazaars. But trust me, it’s a good experience. Always be ready to bargain with a smile and have a good price in mind. Some of the sales ladies may sound rude, but I think they’re just like that. They’re very good with negotiation, so be ready for the thrill of haggling. They will not kick you out of their stores when you don’t buy any way. Just enjoy the experience. There’s a huge H&M store there and a 3-storey Uniqlo Store at Nanjing Area. At the back of these stores is a long stretch of Milk Tea and Coffee Places for the tired shoppers.
Shanghai experience will not be complete without passing by Tianzifang. It’s a small neighborhood of art and souvenirs stores, bars, and restaurants. In here you will find a lot of quirky stuff. You should bring home Shanghai’s famous Pop-Eyed Anti-Stress Toys. I have never seen these toys any where yet in Asia except in Shanghai.
Tianzifang is located in Shanghai’s French Concession Area.

My BFF Robbie @ Tianzifang wearing his new gloves from Marks & Spencer which he really bought for this trip :)

Just bring enough cash, and bring your credit card if you plan to shop. Don’t over-forecast when you exchange currency. There’s a lot of Dollar Exchange Stores there anyway. I had a lot of Yuan left, and the foreign exchange shops here only accept 100 Yuan bills. So I shall keep my 20 and 10 Yuans until my next trip to China.

Hengshan Road, French Concession Area
The Bund Area

Posted by YAMberries 06:36 Archived in China

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Boxing Cat! Their manager is super nice too! :D

by Robbie

Nice blog Yamberries. Do you have a picture of the pop-eyed toys? Are they expensive? :) I'm planning to visit Shanghai maybe this December.

by April A.

Thanks April... I'll see if I can plug in a picture of those pop-eye toys here.... They're not expensive. If I remember it right, they cost around Php200 to Php250 :)

by YAMberries

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