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Marvelling in China: Shanghai and Jiaxing

Often described as a multi cultural metropolis, Shanghai is the largest city in China by population and is one of the few cities in the world where you will find so much history and glamour in one place. We recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city on a buying trip. Luckily for us there was also enough time to soak up the scenery, its magnificent architectural styles (including a visit to the Shanghai Tower) the buzzing nightlife, fantastic shopping and divine cuisine.

We spent the majority of our time in Pudong, a district in Shanghai where the Shanghai Tower is located. The skyscraper is China’s tallest building and the second tallest building in the world. 62m tall with 121 storeys, the magnificent spiral shaped tower was a must see and we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful views of Shanghai from here not to mention the wonderful shops contained inside the tower. Speaking of shopping, we also spent a fair bit of time on Nanjing Road. Hailed as the Oxford Circus of Shanghai, we had a great time wandering a variety of high-end shops and luxury boutiques.

Whilst we were in China we also ventured into Jiaxing. Located 2 hours from Shanghai by car, Jiaxing is a unique city rich in culture and History. We spent most of our time in the old part of Jiaxing, in a beautiful place called Moon River where we enjoyed soaking up the scenic views and all its charm. If you want to experience real Chinese culture, we would definitely recommend a taking a trip here. It’s definitely one of the cleaner cities in China and you can expect to see lots of greenery and tranquil parks. The city is not short of tasty food either especially seeing as eating together is a huge part of social life in Chinese culture. We happened to stumble across a fantastic restaurant in Moon River called ‘Amazing Taste Of Mr.Zou’ where we enjoyed some traditional dishes including xi ke bao (a delicious crab pie) and green onion pancakes.

 

If ever in Shanghai however we would most certainly recommend booking aplace on the Shanghai Food and Markets Walking Tour. Here you can expect to be shown authentic stores where the locals do their grocery shopping as well as be taken to a fresh food market and some of the top restaurants in Shanghai. The experience is phenomenal and not to be missed.