March 8th – March 13th 2009
That means the weather is a little chilly and there is possibility of rain.
It only rained once when we were here and unfortunately it rained on our day trip to Suzhou
(nice polluted China)
A little colder/cloudier than Greece and a little warmer/less rainy than Netherlands. And of course, smog for many days.
Yes, my first China trip was with my dad! A middle aged Greek man that has almost never gone out of Greece (except a bus trip to Germany when he was 20) and has never been on a plane (except to go to Rhodos on his honeymoon).
Sounds like a fun trip-mate, right?
Well, he was! Despite all of the above, my dad is openminded and likes new experiences. He really loved the trip, although he didn’t enjoy the food.
There are limits of “openmindness” for a Greek middle-aged man and food always passes the limit! But he tried everything, even things I didn’t want to eat.
Best part of the trip:
When we got lost trying to find “the old city” and ended up in a chinese food market.
Biggest regret of this trip:
I did not take any photos of this food market. I felt like we were intruding and that it would be insulting to take photos.
I did not know then that Chinese love having their photo taken.
But I remember everything clearly: chicken in cages (the cage was completely full), living fish, bean sprouts, weird vegetables…
All of these on temporary tables, plastic chairs or just on a piece of cloth.
The worst part is, I don’t know how to go there again! The photo above is the “entrance” of the market, it is just there on the corner.
Where did we stay:
Rhea Boutique Hotel, close to Shanghai Railway Station, walking distance from the metro station.
It was pretty good and fancy. The breakfast was chinese mainly: chicken, rice, noodles 🙂
That’s it for this post.
In the next post, I will describe Shanghai’s tourist attractions.