What a polluted, crowded, hectic mess of a city! Going right after Japan probably wasn’t the best idea. But the MagLev train was pretty amazing (187MPH). Of course, I still had a great time. Ben happened to be there again, so we did some exploring together. We stayed at a hostel right on the bund. A fantastic view of the skyline met me as I woke up in the mornings.
We got the best dumplings in the world. If they weren’t, I don’t even wanna try the better ones. Chinese food, like real Chinese IN China, is amazing. The Hunan Wok or China Best Restaurant down the street from you doesn’t even begin to do it justice. It’s not even the same KIND of food. The food in China is so eloquently refined, so precise, so focused, it’s not just food anymore. It’s an art form all its own. The dedication and pride that goes into the cuisine is apparent immediately and sticks with you forever. Do they eat weird shit? You better believe it. And it’s amazing.
The short trip to Shanghai was totally worth it. I only scratched the surface of what the city has to offer, but atleast I got to stop in for a few days. It made me start to realize just how massive, how diverse, and how endless China really is. You could spend your whole life just exploring this one country. And sometimes, I wish I could.