So.. I am back from Shanghai! Actually, I have been back since Monday night but then I had an awful cold so I did not do much but rest.
My Shanghai trip was wonderful, I love the city and definitely will want to come back again whenever I got the chance.
Going to Shanghai has reminded me again of the reason why I love traveling – to experience different cultures and meet new people. This time I also learned another thing, that is to break stereotypes. I mean, I have never been to China before yet I’ve read and heard several negative articles about going there. Like, “be careful, the toilet is super gross“, or “people are rude“, “they don’t queue“, and many similar sentiments. After spending 5 days in Shanghai, I can say that most of those stereotypes are not true. Shanghai is a big city, so it is crowded (but somehow I feel it’s not as crowded as Hong Kong!), but it is relatively clean, and has excellent Metro system (excellent means it’s cheap, easy to navigate and clean).
Well I have to admit that there are some gross things I found on the streets but they are nothing I’ve never seen before.. for example smelly public toilets – it’s basically the same with public toilets in Jakarta’s traditional markets or even ITC (I’ve never dared myself to enter toilet in ITC here in Jakarta hehe), so I did not dare myself to enter Shanghai’s public toilet too. Instead, I always chose to enter the ones inside shopping malls which can easily be found, especially above Metro stations. No problem at all! Well there was a moment I had to run from The Bund to the nearest mall in East Nanjing Road because I wanted to pee.. hahaha but that’s just some things that makes my travel memorable :))))
Anyway, I am going to share my daily travel stories in separate posts starting next week after I come back from Singapore. Yes, I am going to Singapore tomorrow for Coldplay concert! YAY! Stay tuned for more stories as I will be blogging more often in the near future 🙂
Wishing you a good weekend, and if you are going to Singapore tomorrow for Coldplay concert too, come say hi if you see me! 🙂