One year ago, I became interested to visit this country because I started to know more about Chinese actors. Mesmerised by two young actors, I began surfing the internet to watch their drama, their interviews and live streaming talks.
I planned to leave my previous real estate company in May 2017 and went ahead to book a 2-week holiday in China/Korea. The entire planning took 6 months as I struggled to book the connecting trains between three cities – Shanghai, Beijing and Xi’an – within China. Flight was the easiest as I learnt about multi-cities air ticket which helped to save a lot of money. However, getting from one place to another place domestically was harder as I need to research and learn how to book train tickets, what type of seats to get online.
When I first touched down in Shanghai, it was a challenge dragging my large luggage (it wasn’t heavy as I picked Summer season where clothes are light) into their train. Since I always make sure I reach a new country in the morning, I had sufficient time to find my boutique hotel. Tucked in a small lane, it was hard. But the staff was very polite and even advised me to book my train tickets fast. I informed them I had booked via phone but they had an apprehensive look. I decided to take the first day easy by visiting Shanghai’s YuYuan and ZhuJiaJiao. It was a rainy and cold day. I was tired too. On the bus journey to ZhuJiaJiao I dozed off. But I felt happy and free for a moment to be in a new place. These two places didn’t leave a very deep impression on me. However, it was a late lunch at HaiDiLao (around 3pm back in Shanghai) that amused me. Because I was alone, the waitress actually gave me a bear for company. Hahahah! Frankly I am already used to, and feel very comfortable eating by myself (I was famished anyway and was concentrating more on my food than the bear). But it was a nice gesture.
Day 1 ended with me eating my onion pancake (which I enjoyed thoroughly) and I went to bed quite early.
*I am now starting to make good my new year resolution to update this blog more often. It has been a challenge still for me, but I am determined to make it happen!