Friday, March 17, 2017

Shanghai.

Hey, remember that one time we went to China and I still haven’t gotten my life together enough to blog about it? I would blame it on the first trimester being rough but I never really felt too awful so that isn’t really an excuse. I guess I will just say that I have been lazy so now I am finally doing it.
Now the story of us going to China,
My parents and my mom’s siblings went on a cruise through China in the summer of 2015. They only got to be in Shanghai for a day and a half the first time they went to they knew they wanted to go back. My aunt and uncle wanted to go too and they found a really great deal on flights so they just decided to go. Now, Spencer has always wanted to go to China and we figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to go because we would be going with people who had been before and knew what they were doing. So we asked if we could tag along and luckily they were happy to have us along. We bought our tickets in June and since we were already going to Scandinavia in August we decided it would be fun to keep this trip to China a surprise. We knew we were kind of crazy to be going to 4 countries in less than two months but we were so excited!
We left early Halloween morning which is was actually kind of a relief. I always feel like Halloween has too much pressure so it was nice to not have to plan anything for the actual day of Halloween. We flew to Seattle and then straight onto Shanghai. We left Salt Lake Monday morning and then after like 20 hours of travel we got to Shanghai Tuesday night. Time zones are weird.




After we got settled at our Airbnb we had planned to go to dinner at Din Tai Fung. My uncle suggested it and we were really open to eating anywhere but little did we know that this would become our favorite restaurant ever. I cannot describe to you the wonderfulness that is soup dumplings if you have never had them before. They are literally the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. My mouth is watering just typing about them. Luckily there is a Din Tai Fung in LA so we will probably be making a trip there just for this food.
Next day we did…. Some touring and a food tour!

We started with the Yuyuan Gardens.




I really don't remember what the Yu Gardens are or anything about them but they were beautiful and it was crazy to have such elaborate gardens right in the middle of a huge city.

After that we did some shopping. Spencer's mom has been wanting a big mahjong set ever since my parents brought us one home from China. So we found a guy that was selling them and bargained him down to a decent price and bought it. After we bought it we realized it weighed at least 25 pounds and was really awkward to carry but we were stuck carrying it the whole day. We bought a back pack to carry it in but it still made most of the day miserable.



We ate at the most delicious little noddle shop on the side of the road. It was seriously the best meal we had the whole trip and I would fly all the way back to china just to each those $5 noodles again. 

Speaking of eating, that night we did a food tour that was so so cool. People are always saying they would be worried about eating in China but it seriously had some of the best food we have ever had. We definitely enjoyed eating in China more than we did in Scandinavia.


We started with these little pork buns that were so good. We went back a few days later because we liked these so much.


Then we ate bullfrog. Lets just say that I don't think I will be eating bullfrog again...


There are a lot of people from Turkey in China and these kebabs were so good.


More buns. At this point we were so so full but I still managed to eat some.


Chicken Katsu. We seriously at like 4 whole meals in the span of an hour so we didn't really get to savor the food by the end.


Dessert was some mango thing. It was pretty good but as I said we were so full.


Then the best day of the trip! Just kidding the whole trip was the best. But going to Shanghai Disney was so so cool! I haven’t been to any Disney park in like years and years and then this year I got to go to Disneyland and Shanghai Disney. Luckiest girl.

Shanghai Disney just opened this year so it was all brand new and super huge.  There are not a ton of rides because it is brand new but there is so much space so they are obviously going to expand in the future. We got there first thing in the morning and there is seriously just something about Disney that is magical. Like even though everything is in Chinese you can still tell that you are at a Disney park. Even just walking in is like an experience.




So we walked straight to the Pirates of the Caribbean. Which if you have been to Disneyland you might think we are crazy to go straight to Pirates but the Pirates in Shanghai is so so so amazing! I think you can watch videos of it on YouTube if you want because I can’t really describe how cool it is. They had these really cool huge screens that showed scenes and then it made it feel like your boat was on the ocean and then under the ocean. Too cool.
Then we walked through the castle which had a little snow white video thing in it which was so hilarious because it was all in Chinese. That was basically the theme of the day, everything is hilarious because it was all in Chinese. They have most of the standard rides that they have in the other Disney parks but then came the highlight of Shanghai Disney.
Tron.
Tron is the best ride I have ever been on in my life. Really really cool. Look that one up on Youtube too. Or just go to Shanghai Disney. That’s really the best solution.
We had yummy Chinese lunch and figured out that the Cubs had won the World Series. Go Cubbies!



Spent the rest of the day just doing Disney things and got home that night so so tired. Never been that tired in my life. I may or may not have fallen asleep on the train ride home.
The next morning we woke up and were picked up by a driver and a tour guide. To go to a river town. AKA a town built on a river. In case you couldn’t figure that out.



Our tour guide Peggy was the best tour guide I have ever had in my life. She was so smart and told us so many amazing facts and was so honest and China and lots of things that have gone on there. It was really cool to hear all these things from a Chinese person.  We toured around the river town all day and had a yummy lunch at a tiny little local restaurant. So fun experiencing local things while traveling. Love it!






The rest of the days we did really good stuff but it kind of all blends together so I will just show you some pictures and then talk about it. That will hopefully keep this post from becoming a full blown novel which it is already on its way to becoming.


The building on the right is the second tallest building in the world. It was so crazy to go to the top.


View from the top. Also I think this shows just how gross Shanghai's air quality is.




All these people with umbrellas are people advertising their adult children for marriage. The one child policy has caused a lot of problems for people wanting to get married. These parents go out every weekend and show a bunch of information about their children in hopes that someone will match up with their child. It was kind of funny but really sad that people feel so desperate.





Everyone should go to Shanghai just to see the Bund at night. It is so cool! 

Shanghai was amazing. We are so grateful that we were able to go and hope to someday get back to see even more of China.

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