We wake up late around 9am and chill out blogging yesterday's activity - then get a move on and walked to the bund from our hotel - a mere 5mins, heading along the riverside to scope out the attractions.
Bit disappointed as although scenic it's unimpressive as far as riverbank walks go there's nothing around and little activity - it's nice but nowhere near as deserving the reputation for the hotspot of Shanghai - in our humble opinions.
We then decide to get some lunch and find a local Chinese cafe down an alley off the Bund. As we walk in they are giggling at us and staring again -Jacqueline decides it's because we are so amazing, as a coping mechanism. We order chicken curry, rice, sweet and sour ribs and spring rolls with 2 large beers - 750 yuan later (£7.50) and unable to move we are more than satisfied and once again feeling spoilt and surprised by the standard and price of the food.
As we walk out of the cafe we discover the front part serves fresh pastries stuffed with cream - reluctantly we force one down our throats ;) they are Devine at 2 yuan each (20p) and we then walk back home past new streets with various market shops stopping to buy Jacqs' mum a beautiful necklace and her sister a traditional Chinese purse. We then chill in the hotel with a couple of lattes, Matt pops into the post office next door to get an empty box to post our purchases home in, they happily oblige impressed by his iPhone translator.
We later head to dapuqiao station crossing opposite Starbucks down a tunnel leading to the amazing tian zi fang, filled with meandering cobble lanes and various shops and stalls catering to markets from the Del boy tack buyer to the more extravagant shopper. We stop for a cocktail, Matt orders a Mai tai and Jacq a sex on the beach - delicious but pricey at 96 (£9.60) yuan it is then swiftly followed by a hot toddy for Jacq (medicinally of course).
We then walked out the door and found a street bar with cocktails and more hot toddy's on the go - Matt had Mai tai again, Jacq hot toddy (again) - our bar lady was the lovely Liyulan who spoke amazing English and chatted with us through two rounds before we finished the end of our drinks upstairs on the panda seats. It was like a glimpse of what is to come in Thailand - Floor cushions, pink netted curtains and bamboo flooring - she taught us how to say "my name is" which phonetically was - "What a mean zi jow" and told us about her family taking our email address to keep in touch - amazing experience in these lanes. So, like Brighton minus Brighton people.
Moving on we tried the so-called karaoke bar named ktv disappointed to discover it's only for booths - so back to the lanes we went to the Walkers bar and met Lee Chun Yuan who whipped Jacq at pool after she whipped Matt
We then walked to the hotel and headed back out to find a Chinese bar but the stunning Radisson tower hotel was glaring in the distance - tipsy Jacq wanted to follow it - Matt persevered.
We walked past street after street of traders and families wrapping up for the night - less starey more friendly glaring. Stopping at a tea house Matt picked up the remains of his tea set for 12 Yuan (1.20) and we plodded onto Radisson. It was amazing, reaching the 47th floor, with live modern jazz blaring as we sauntered in and ordered a Mai tai and Sex on the Beach chilling out with the most stunningly electric backdrop of Shanghai nightlife you could imagine. It was well worth the 90 yuan (£9) for two gorgeous cocktails - upon leaving we decided a taxi would be best but as usual none of them understood or knew where we wanted to go, despite it all being written down in Chinese by the hotel and only a 20-minute walk away. So, we strolled home and passed out for the night.