8 days in Shanghai and Xian

June 2009

It was my first time setting foot in China and I have to say, it was a fantastic experience.  Shanghai is such a large metropolitan city with a hint of European influences along the Bund area.  You can eat and shop your heart out in Shanghai. 

My friend and I also had the chance to travel to Xian.  Xian was the gateway for our visit to the Terracotta Army, which are life-size clay figures belonging to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.  It is an amazing site to see, with over 8,000 soldiers and 500 horses in the tomb.

Here is our itinerary in Shanghai and Xian:

Day 1:  Shanghai (visited the fabric market, strolled down the Nanjing Lu, went to Party City for karaoke)
Day 2:  Shanghai (strolled along the Xintiandi, visited the Old City and Yu Gardens)
Day 3:  Shanghai (visited the Qipu Lu Market, saw a beautiful view of the Bund at Vue)
Day 4:  Shanghai (walked along the Bund, visited Sun Yat Tsen’s house)
Day 5:  Flight to Xian, visited Terracotta Army, strolled along Xian city center, ate in the Muslim Quarter
Day 6:  Flight to Shanghai, visited Chairman Mao’s former residence

Restaurants we visited in Shanghai were Yang’s Fry Dumplings, Nan Xiang Steam Bun Restaurant, Whampoa Club, and Bao Lu.


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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