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Shanghai Travelogue 2013

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Having some fun

It feels as if we’ve just been back from our whirlwind holiday in Shanghai, but probably because Abacus and I were hit by the flu badly for more than 2 weeks. We only had three full days in Shanghai, partly because December is “peak” period for the husband’s work, and we spent most of it eating (that’s like our holiday SOP), and catching up with friends. It was cold, but the wind made it bitterly cold, and I’m glad to be back in the warmth where I don’t have to feel bundled up like a snowman just to go out. I am so glad we didn’t bring Scout, I can’t imagine having to deal with 2 kids and a squirmy bundle of cold!

Some of the trip the cold was pretty miserable for some of us.
Some of the trip the cold was pretty miserable for some of us.

The last we were in Shanghai was over 7 tears ago, and how the city has changed. There are malls and shops opening up all over the place, restaurants aplenty, and the city is buzzing at any hour of the day, which is not hard to imagine given they have something like 20million residents and possibly up to 30million in population including transient workers. Many Singaporeans love the vibe in large cities such as Shanghai, Tokyo, London, NYC, but honestly, how can Singapore ever get there with a tiny population? Anyhow, let’s not get me started.

Before we left I was checking the PSI so many times a day - it can fluctuate a lot, so it was kinda like watching the stock market :p
Before we left I was checking the PSI so many times a day – it can fluctuate a lot, so it was kinda like watching the stock market :p

Shanghai and many other parts of china have been plagued with terrible pollution, so much so that at one stage the PSI 2.5 levels were almost 600, and I was worried we’d have to cancel our trip! The levels hovered around 150-200 when we were there but we didn’t go up the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (too hazy) or do much walking around, even along the Bund (too cold).

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Reluctantly on our way home

My new mantra for family holidays is “It’s the journey, not the destination”, so I made a conscious effort not to plan too much although I came up with a rough list of places we could go and see, and played by ear depending on the weather or the plans we had with our friends who live there.

Look out for my next post on some of the things to do in Shanghai with kids!

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