SHANGHAI: Unfriendly City with Splendid Buildings (Irony)

Making the most of my transit to Shanghai, I managed to spend the 10 hours layover outside of Pudong International Airport. In fact, we are allowed up to 144 hours if you have the third country boarding pass without any visa required.

Took the metro to the Nanjing Road to be welcomed by massive shopping malls, western designed avenues and a chilling wind of March, we headed straight to the Bund, which was the central of almost every attractions in town.

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By the river bank, we could see the enormous architectures rising from the other side. I had never seen many skyscrapers before in any cities I visited. From where I took the massive skyline photos, the buildings here reminded me of New York City or London. All the banks and government facilities were truly westernized with a dash of time on every structure. If you’re in Asia and want a glimpse of NYC, visit Shanghai.

But I couldn’t help hating these factors of Shanghai:

  1. People are so unfriendly. We tried the Maglev (fastest train system in the world, whatsoever) on the second transit, my friend’s card got stuck and the staff support was lukewarm without directly helping us but just pointing and speaking in Chinese.
  2. Don’t expect free wi-fi. Unless you have a Chinese sim card, you cannot get access to wireless connection anywhere even in Starbucks. They always require a code receiver via phone.
  3. Not so much English. Staffs and residents don’t speak English that much. We could barely find anyone with English ability to seek help.

I reckon Chinese could build architectures really well, but they could not build their own character.

Enjoy the photos!

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