Monday, April 15, 2013

Romantic Shanghai City at Night

 The most famous street in the whole of China must be the "Nanjing Road" in Shanghai, quoted by my previous Mandarin language teacher who hailed from Shanghai itself. He explained that so much history has taken place along the stretch of The Bunds where the Huangpu River flows & blah blah blah...

Today, we can see all the most expensive brand boutiques lining along East Nanjing Road. It was lovely to just window shop outside to view their showcase displays and dream of wearing them - Cartier, Bvlgari, Prada, Dior, Burberry, Gucci & you just name it.
 
 The night was cool and windy, so we decided to take a stroll, hand in hand to see its famous lighted buildings. It was really awesome to see the fantastic French architecture buildings with huge pillars, motifs and statues all over. I felt that I was strolling in the boulevards of Paris!

Here, I posed outside the famous Peace Hotel. If you have read or watched movies of the Shanghai Bunds, you will know this hotel. The room rates are above RM1500 per night for all rooms along Nanjing Road, so I stayed along the back lanes for less than half price!


 We loved the romantic strolls along the Bunds, so we went there twice! It will make even the most boring person become romantic and sentimental to renew the love vows again.



 This is the lovely view of Pudong area across the Huangpu River.



 Every building looked very beautiful and majestic with its own unique design and European architecture. All owned by multi-national banks and companies.


 My honey loved this building the most.





 The holidays were over but the crowds were still there!!!



 This building is my favourite and I told him that I will be back soon!


62 comments:

  1. Are we supposed to sing that Francis Yip song here?

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    1. Yeah I forgot to sing that song!! Now you tell me dei.

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    1. The photos are just awesome, but when you walk there, it is heavenly!

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  3. Yes, so very nice!!! Amazing how colonial the architecture is in this Chinese city.

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    1. errr, STP the English Teacher must have not studied Chinese history before?? :p

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    2. STP only appreciates Mat Salleh and not interested in fellow Asian history and culture ixit? Even I know China history, wei! :-P

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    3. I think Shanghai is the only city in China with the most European buildings. mansions and houses! Luckily they were not being bombed down during WW2.

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    4. but i heard many of those building were vandalised during the revolutions. But lucky some still preserved.

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  4. hope that i can go there one day :|

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    1. You will visit there and that will be 3 persons!!!

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  5. Again I'm reminded of Tokyo: ancient indigenous temples, European architecture and space-age hi-tec designs all together.

    So ... 南京?路 would mean southern capital (something) road? (I don't know the third character.) I base that entirely on similar Japanese characters, but I know that's a dangerous thing to do. Sometimes I can guess the meaning of Chinese characters, usually I get it hopelessly wrong. Especially, grin!, on menus.

    Lekker photos! More, please!

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    1. 南京路.. 南 means south, 京 means capital, 路 means road.. you have guessed it correctly this time!! hahaha.. very true about chinese and japanese characters, the same character may mean totally different thing in each context.. :)

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    2. I have yet to visit Tokyo and am curious to hear that they have similarities. Will Rurousha be our tour guide??? Sorry I cannot read Chinese that much and SK is my sifu here.

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  6. The night view of Shanghai, Nanjing Road is really awesome and romantic. You make me want to go there and holding my jin jin's hand for a stroll too. Heheheheh!

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    1. After the romantic walk on Nanjing Road, you and letchumy could go back to hotel to rekindle the fire, so nice!

      But, I have two monkeys tagging along, so we need to put out the fire before reaching to the hotel. Cis!

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    2. By year end if H7N9 has been put under control, I will still consider Shanghai. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful shots.

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    3. i think along The Bund is no more Nanjing Road but some other road that I don't remember?? oh Hot Mama is going to Shanghai, must go to Shanghai Tang to buy a nice Qi Pao and then pose like a 30s Chinese woman by those colonial buildings.. sexy!!!

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    4. Yannie, I am sure the Bird Flu will be gone soon and the best time to visit will be at the end of Autumn!!! Sure lovely to cuddle Jin Jin in the cool breeze.

      SK I think that is Zongshan Road by the river front. Of course, we know that East Nanjing Road starts from the junction of Zongshan Road. Good idea that yannie wears Qi Pao. I have a stack of postcards showing lovely painted gals in Qi Pao dresses.

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  7. the Nanjing Road, this will always be remembered!! and specifically in front of the Peace Hotel i would say, there was where i got picked-pocket i think~~ my wallet, part of my cash, cards and IDs gone.. luckily my passport and another portion of my cash were safe..

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    1. There were like 2-3 different Peace Hotels there. Which one that brought you bad luck?? I better avoid that hotels in future.

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    2. i was heading to The Bund along Nanjing Road, can't remember which Peace Hotels exactly.. i didn't even realized i was picked-pocket until i was trying to take out my wallet to take the tube.. hmmm, my bad, i was bringing a huge wallet and carelessly and casually place it on the outer pouch of my sling bag!! padan muka~~

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    3. sigh everywhere also not safe :(

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  8. oh, i didn't remember the East Nanjing Road.. probably i was just concentrating on the cheaper side of the road.. unlike Anay who went in to all the posh branded shop and shopped like he has no tomorrow~~ :D

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    1. Hey I was not dressed like a potential client arriving in flashy cars, so I just stood outside in the cold and salivate at their goods!!!

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  9. yeah, the French Colonial area around The Bund is nicer than the opposite side with all the modern buildings.. too bad, we didn't spend much time there cos was rushing for dinner.. you know, friends brought us there, so they were already bored with The Bund~~ :p

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    1. Wah! You had Shanghai friends to usher you around like old warlords and mafias! So privileged!

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    2. i have a number of Malaysian friends who worked in Shanghai, mostly are from the auditing line.. China are very in need of such profession and many just went there (either Shanghai or Beijing) worked for couple of years, and back home to Malaysia as rich people..

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  10. what are the two buildings that Anay and Letchumi like?? look very majestic and especially grand lit up at night..

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    1. Goodness! What a question to ask me! I have forgotten la dei....my lousy memory!

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  11. Anay, you can read http://chloeruoyi.blogspot.com/

    This family has just relocated to Shanghai. They went to the same places as Anay.

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  12. Thanks for the link. I read back some 20 posts of hers and the blogger is like Small Kucing writing for the kid!! So many mummy bloggers have been following that blog. I guess my photos will look different from hers as mine looked like a boring tourism post!

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    1. hers one is more of family blog la...nice.

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  13. magnificent buildings! I love the shot across the Huangpu River.

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    1. Bring your hubby there quick. He will love Shanghai, I am sure!

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  14. I would love to go Shanghai one day! So beautiful!

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    1. It is indeed beautiful and you will be able to snap 1001 perfect photos!

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  15. Wah! Cool and windy weather! That's my type of weather! : )

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  16. Wow! So expensive the hotels? So you stayed in the back lanes? LOL!

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    1. Shanghai is the most expensive city in China. Cheap hotels are all outside the city limit.

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  17. Love all the buildings! So beautiful at night! : )

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  18. Always reminds me of the movie 'Shanghai Bund' and the shooting scene.

    Magnificent night view!

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    1. What are you waiting for?? Tell your darling this is the real romantic city.

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  19. i love Shanghai. :) Every time I visit this city, I would definitely paid a visit to the Bund.

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    1. Wow! You are a jet setter and has visited Shanghai many times! I wish for that!

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  20. i enjoy strolling around the Nanjing Rd too. there are so many things to see and do. did you try those crispy crawlies?

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    1. I didn't finish strolling Nanjing Road yet as it is too long street. Oh, they sell crispy crawlies!!! Nice!

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  21. beautiful night views of the city.

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    1. I was very amazed by its night scene. Lovely!

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  22. those are really some great french architectural building... so well maintained

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    1. They looked beautiful and in immaculate mint conditions! When are you going there Henry?

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  23. Now I am not really surprised why couples used to choose Shanghai as one of their places for Honeymoon... it's very romantic indeed

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    1. It is a romantic place. You will be surprised to see many old couples strolling hand in hand.

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  24. I don't know but the building doesn't look like China to me hhehe they're like paris base on most movies that I have watched

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    1. It looked like Paris or Vienna at night.

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  25. but they all look so Luxurious ... must be pretty expensive right?

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    1. The properties in Shanghai are the most expensive in China and those hotels along Nanjing Road costs US$500+ a night.

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  26. Having watched Chow Yun Fatt's TVB drama 'The Bund', I must say that Old Shanghai, rather than the modern Pudong, is what interests me.

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  27. errrr....no exciting or abnormal photos ka? LOL

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    1. I love the 3rd photo and the one of Letchumi. Very impressive. all taken with your phone?

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