Christmas in Shanghai

When we first arrived in Shanghai on that cold, frosty morning of Christmas eve (2 degrees at 6.30am) we felt it looked alot like Moscow. The windows were fogged up in the taxi and my fingers were freezing.

Here’s a few snapshots of the trip – just the highlights. Guess I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking-

Jia Shanghai - new boutique hotel of the designer variety, located Nanjing Xi Lu

Jia Shanghai - new boutique hotel of the designer variety, located on Nanjing Xi Lu cnr TaiXing Lu

Us at the Calming Gardens in Suzhou - yes the cold does weird things to your face

Us at the Calming Gardens in Suzhou - yes the cold does weird things to your face

Ron's birthday celebrations on Christmas Eve - at Lounge 18, Three on the Bund

Ron's birthday celebrations on Christmas Eve - at Lounge 18, on the Bund (L-R: Ron, Me, Vic, Lionel)

5 mins from centre of Shanghai - you still see the dirty laundry being air dried outside homes...how interesting

5 mins from centre of Shanghai - you still see the dirty laundry being air dried outside homes...how interesting

deserted alleyway near Jia Shanghai

This has got to be the nastiest grilled meat on skewers in Shanghai. So evilly tasty and juicy cooked and pressed in oil and all sorts of marinade. Location: deserted alleyway near Jia Shanghai

Post Christmas Celebration at Muse on Park 97 - two extra points for this lounge/bar for the baby shark aquarium

Post Christmas Celebration at Muse on Park 97 - two extra points for this lounge/bar for the baby shark aquarium

Overall, it was a good experience, and (gasp) my first time in China with my faltering Mandarin and our Frommer’s guide book. Most retailers spoke only Mandarin in the independent boutiques in the city, while you get away with English in the malls.

And YES, my fur cap did a spectacular job at keeping me sane in the cold!

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