Thursday, April 14, 2011

ShangHIGH Trip Day 2: The Conclusion

 I can't believe that it's our last day in this beautiful city :'-(

View from the top
We started our day at eight in the morning since our day will not be that hectic since we only have two more destinations left. After fixing ourselves, we went down to have our breakfast.

The experience became worse! The food was either hard to chew, cold, or totally gone!Although it's our fault to take our "late" breakfast, still the staff should refill the food because there are many guests in the hotel. Agree?

 Besides, the food wasn't that good. Their sausages were hard as rock (no kidding) and they served spring roll with a filling similar to that of buchi's. Their bacon looks raw.I know I'm complaining too much but hello, we paid for the
 food!Or maybe authentic Chinese food is really not for me?Hmmm....

Lastly, I was totally surprised that they stopped serving coffee at 9:30 am!What the heck!

Empty tables and chairs
THE GRAND buffet
Entrance to the resto
Don't get me wrong, I love the place because of its nice interiors and elegant look. The moment we arrived in the hotel,  the revolving door impressed me right away hehe. The lounge area looks classy. The giant painting at the lobby is a beauty. The rooms and bathrooms are also nice.It's just that the food and staff need MAJOR improvements!Anyway, after our breakfast we decided to take photo ops at the hotel since we don't have our souvenir pics yet.

The giant mural at the lobby

Lounge area

One of the beautiful spots in the hotel

Art piece

Lobby of the 5th floor

Room 515
Our room
Mommy at the lobby
FCD shot: Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel, Shanghai

Joyce arrived minutes after we have checked out. After putting our luggage on the vehicle, off we go to the
Shanghai Art Exhibition Center. There's nothing really to see in this place except jade hehe
Inside the Art Exhibition Center
Jade Happy Buddha

FCD shot: Art Exhibition Center
Left the place at around 1 pm to have our lunch in a resto we didn't know haha. Anyway, the food was just right, however there's one dish that's alien to us. It's still yummy though.
FCD shot of the resto
Pork, beef, or chicken? we're clueless

Whoa!chicken head is also included

Going healthy? try this fishy
Our last stop was the Yuyuan Garden. I thought it was just an ordinary garden with different kinds of flowers and maybe a butterfly house too but the trip exceeded my expectations!The place was huge, beautiful, and very relaxing.In addition, it's  a mixture of traditional and modern Shanghai with the presence of the structures that were built 400 years go, toy store, Starbucks, and Dairy Queen. Hehe. Souvenir shops are also everywhere.

A quick information on this garden:

Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.
Serene place
Mi familia @ the Yuyuan Garden v.1

Mi familia @ the Yuyuan Garden v.1

At the Dragon Wall
 It was 5:30 pm when we decided to call this whole trip off.Yes, we'll be leaving Shanghai...this city I fell in love with immediately. I wish I could spend more time here. Oh well, maybe some other time. I just hope that we'll be able to book a cheap flight going there again.

We arrived at the airport before 7pm and had our pictures taken with Joyce before we parted ways.She was nice and hopefully, we'll meet her again...oops, problem is, she's moving to Beijing and will start a new career. I just hope that she will offer us a free tour if ever the trip will push through haha!
Ready to go home
Joy and Joyce ;p

Pudong International Airport
Last min. photo op @ the airport
We arrived in Manila at around 4am and was lucky that we got our luggage immediately. Hay, a much needed vacation :)

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