The first stop this morning was going to be the Shanghai Museum, but when the driver pulled up, the line to get in was miles long, so we went to the Jinmao Tower first instead. It’s in the Pudong area on the east side of the river. The van went under a really long tunnel under the Huangpu River to get there. Not crowded and the day was clear – probably the best day we’ve had. Jinmao Tower is designed as a modern adaptation of a traditional Chinese pagoda. It has 13 distinct tapering segments, with high-tech steel bands binding the glass like an exoskeleton. We zipped up to the 88th floor on a very fast elevator (45 seconds to the top) – my ears popped a couple of times. The view from the top is pretty spectacular. Continue reading
Finally a nice day! There’s still a bit of haze along the horizon, but at least overhead is blue and you can see the sun. Temps in low 70s = perfect!
This morning we would have to explore by ourselves, but we would need to change hotels early this afternoon to join our China Spree tour. The latest I could arrange at the Hilton (despite my Diamond status) was a 1:00 pm checkout, so we packed everything up early this morning and thought we take in a couple of Beijing Parks since the weather was so nice. Continue reading
I awoke again about 5:00; DH around 5:30. Messed around the room and had another hearty breakfast in the Lounge. Headed out about 8:30 by taxi to the Lama Temple. The taxi ride was quite an adventure. Traffic signals and painted lines on the road seem to be only suggestions. Everyone has the attitude “I dare you to hit me.” Organized chaos, and random actions by all involved. Continue reading