Day 3 (Last day)
24.11.2010 - 24.11.2010 50 °F
We quickly woke up and checked out of the hostel (after noon) but luckily they did not charge us an extra day. I left the hostel disappointed because I wanted my usual (Curry Chicken with Ginger Tea) and they gave me some excuse about their not being any hot water so I could not have my tea. Even trying to bribe the waiter didn’t help so my last words to the server were, “I know you all aren’t going all 8 hours without your Green tea but whatever I’ll just have Curry”.
Our first stop for the day was Madam Tuesands Wax Museum. It was mostly Chinese celebrities but there were quite a few westerners. I am sure the one in New York or France is better but this was a fun little activity for the day. However whoever made these models messed over my men! The black people were never the right color. They made Obama too skinny and dark and Kobe was too short and light. Ah… any who we took some pretty funny pics and thoroughly entertained all of the Chinese that were in our company.
After the museum we went to Qipu Rd. that is the famous shopping area in Shanghai. I was the only one that really wanted to go but it was very disappointing. Beijing’s bargaining area is much larger, cleaner and has better quality inventory. Qipu barely bargained and they didn’t even sell electronics. It was just clothes and shoes.
We decided that we should go back to Dragonfly and get another massage after the disappointing shopping experience. This time I chose the one hour Aroma Oil massage and was once again very pleased with my option. This one was performed naked unlike the last massage and I definitely went to sleep.
When I woke up it was time to eat and Blair, Melissa and I decided to go to the New Zealand restaurant down the street from the massage place. It was sooooooooooo good! There was this really cute Chinese waiter that served us and he and I totally flirted when it was time to pay the bill. He asked if we wanted dessert and I said, “What’s your name? You’re not on the menu”. Then we started talking about how the three of us ended up in Shanghai and we told him that we were leaving at 9:00pm for Nanjing. He said, “Oh I don’t get off until 10:00” and I said, “Oh just take a break. 15 mins will do.” And he replied back with a wink “No, I need 45”! It was HILARIOUS :^)
We left the restaurant and ran back to the hostel just in time to pick up our luggage and drink a glass of wine with our Spanish Boys before we had to catch a cab to the train station.
Overall I loved Shanghai and would totally move there if I ever had to live in China. It was very similar to NY but prettier and less congested however there was way too much shopping and over all consumerism/materialism in the air.