Having attended high school in Shanghai, this city was like a second home to me. Yet, it was a home that I would never become familiar with. Since its 2010 World Expo exhibition, the city thrived vigorously as skyscrapers sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the neon lit streets. Beside skyscrapers, you can also see gigantic luxurious brand stores popping out from the malls. To be honest, every time I go back to visit I would always be in awe.
Having talked about the glamorous aspect of the city, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when you are in Shanghai.
The most important thing to remember when you cross a road in Shanghai is that, although there are a few traffic polices regulating road crossing in downtown, the zebra crossing are mostly there for your reference. Don’t assume that you will be safer if you are on the zebra crossing, unlike Vancouver, most cars speed up when they see you trying to cross the road. Simply turn your head to the left, when you see that the cars are still a distance away, turn your head to the right. After ensuring that all cars are far away and driving on the right lane, RUN!!.
Things not to miss in Shanghai
Compared to Vancouver’s club, Shanghai’s clubs are more fun in terms of having less regulations. Many clubs open until 6 am and you will not be thrown out of the club if you puke or sleep on the couches. However you should keep in mind that since Shanghai is less strict on alcohol licensing, some clubs would actually sell fake alcohols.
For the Karaoke lovers, I have to admit that Shanghai has the best Karaoke in the world. Opened 24 hours, alcohol drinking and smoking are permitted in the room. Some Karaoke even have their own bars. Many people like to party in Karaoke, therefore you can find drinking game items in most karaoke.
Tian Zi Fang Art Street
After some crazy night outs, you can visit the Tian Zi Fang art street surrounded by traditional brick houses during the afternoon. There are many boutique stores that sell art works of local artists and creative products of local designers. There are also some crafty cafes and themed restaurants such as the teddy bear restaurant. Besides enjoying the artworks Tian Zi Fang is a place that many photographers like to hang out and take pictures.
This is only a microscopic piece of Shanghai, where there are still a lot of places to be discovered in this ever-evolving city.
At the end, I would like to share with everyone the amazing 3D building projection show at Shanghai Bund on New Year’s Eve. Hope you like it!