During the final year of his Bachelor, Nathan decided to live and study for about five months in China. Obviously, I was not looking forward to having to miss him for such a long time (after that he did his internship in Spain), so I booked my tickets to go visit him! Our itinerary included a visit to Shanghai, Nanchang, Guilin and Beijing.
First stop: Shanghai. Nathan flew in from Nanchang, while I arrived after a long flight of more than 10 hours. I took a plane from Brussels to Zürich, from Zürich to Beijing and finally from Beijing to Shanghai. But lucky me, jet lag didn’t really hit me.
We had booked a room in Seagull on the Bund, a centrally located hotel next to the Bund with a nice view of the famous Shanghai skyline. Highly recommended!
When arriving, we were already confronted with the all-ubiquitous smog, as you can see in the first pictures. For our first day, we decided to just go for a long stroll through the streets of Shanghai to get a glimpse of all the things this big city has to offer.
Having learned some Chinese already, Nathan could easily order food (*proud*). Don’t these baozi just look super good? What we did not know however, was that these steamed meat-filled buns contained some soup or broth. As you can probably guess already, it was a rather messy experience, hot soup dripping all over us. Next time we’ll ask for some straws 😉
After our delicious meal we explored some other nice spots in the centre and we finished our day with a walk along The Bund, a must in Shanghai, which is especially beautiful at night.