A Pleasant Day

Yesterday after breakfast, we decided to travel into Shanghai. We walked to the Metro Station and after working out how to use the ticket machine we travelled on a very smart and efficient train to Central Avenue, it took about 30 minutes. From Central Avenue we walked (using the tourist map) to The Bund which is pedestrian walkway and park along the river. The Park and walk was very pretty and the view of the City spectacular, even though there was low cloud and most of the tops of the skyscrapers were in cloud. We sat and watched the river traffic and ate a pear and the sun came out. We then found ‘The Passenger Tunnel’ under the river. It was quite a surprise as you travel in a little cab underground through a tunnel that had amazing light displays all the way. When we emerged from the the other side it was quite hot, and I had to take a few layers of clothing off. As we had come out on the Nanjing Road (famous shopping street) we decided to walk down it. You can buy anything there. It is not as good for shopping I think as HongKong and the food is not as nice as in Bangkok but it is certainly Oriental. We caught a little Tourist train that slowly made its way along the road and this saved our feet. At the other end we stopped for iced tea and hot chocolate at a Starbuck. Afterwards we had a lovely walk through ‘The People’s Park’, very pretty and we took loads of photos. As it was now 4pm we set of back to the hotel, we used the Metro and only wen wrong once as it involved a few connections. We got back at just after 5pm to find that it had rained and been miserable all day back in Pudong. We were informed by some of our other delayees that a Virgin flight had left with all the passengers from the 15th of April. They were hopeful that we would fly in 4-5 days. I contacted Virgin and they said that the 15th April flight had originally flown on time and had been turned back, so the aircraft was in Shanghai. So when flights resumed they just flew them home. We still have a return date of 5th May. We can survive. We went out in the evening for a meal, I ate a very hot chinese dish and Sue had a very pleasant Japanese one. It was lashing it down with rain on our return and we got wet. We read for a while, watched a Chinese documentary and then went to bed. Nice day.

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