November 12th 2012

Blog post on Travels on South Eastern China

Shanghai to Suzhou – October 2012
Our first trip on China Eastern Airlines Airbus A300 was quite an experience. It was a tight squeeze but at least we were in a 2 seater row and not a 4 seater.  We didn’t expect so many toys in each seat – TV, audio, picture editor, USB plug, coat hanger/hook, etc. Food was fair and edible.   Adding to the experience would be that all instructions were in Mandarin so this would be almost an English free trip.

Shanghai – China’s Financial Capital

On arrival in Shanghai, the tour operator took about 2 hours to get us on the bus to the hotel  – what a nightmare. The Mingde Grand Hotel in Shanghai only looked grand cosmetically, on closer examination, there was too much wear and tear showing for a hotel that was only a year old.  The rooms were large, immaculately clean and quiet.  No complaints about the breakfast, but did find the dining rooms a bit dark for breakfast time.  Unfortunately, management was poor, front desk staff were a bit impersonal and the 2 operating (a third quit) small elevators for such a large hotel (which seems the norm in most venues in China) could not accommodate 2 bus load of tourists, wait times ran from 20 – 30 minutes – another nightmare! We ended up carrying our bags down stairs from the 16th floor in the end.The next day was spent at The Nanjing Road Mall, the famous commercial street in Shanghai. A delightful place to stroll, shop and admire some of the historical buildings and architecture.

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