Get On Your Bike!
If you’re staying in Shanghai for any length of time it’s well worth investing in a bike. Initially the roads/traffic/lack of traffic rules DO seem scary – I put off cycling for over a year! – but once you try it you’ll realize it’s more fun than you thought. Just keep your wits about you as some other road users can be pretty unpredictable.
You can buy a bike pretty cheaply – Carrefour the supermarket chain sell a variety – I got one for 200RMB (about 14 GBP) which is fine for the city streets.
You’ll get to know the city in a way that you can’t using public transport, it’s cheap, and environmentally friendly and in summer it’s cooler than walking!
Shanghai is remarkably navigable and loads of fun to explore, particularly in the old French Concession with its leafy streets and historic buildings. And if you hit a one-way street or a scary-looking road – don’t worry, just ride on the pavement – everyone else does!
2 things not to forget: your camera and a decent lock – bike theft is rife here and if your shiny new wheels are not chained up securely they may well not be there when you get back! [more]
The French Concession - a Glimpse of the City´s Colonial Past
With its tree lined streets and numerous bars, restaurants and shops, the French Concession gives a glimpse into Shanghai’s colonial past. Located in the Xuhui and Luwan districts in parts it is very elegant and at odds with other parts of the city.
I like it because it is always lively and bustling and although it is quite chic it is still possible to grab a bragain here in one of the fake designer shops.
The cream of Shanghai’s old residential buildings are in this area as is the site of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The CCP was founded in 1921 in an unprepossessing building which is now a small museum. The actual room where the first meeting took place has been recreated and is worth a visit. There is a small shop where Communist Party memorabilia, including replicas of Mao’s little red book, can be bought. [more]
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