If you have a visitor come to your home town what is on your must see and do list?
That was the question we had to ask ourselves when fellow blogger Tina (Travels and Trifles) and her husband came passing through Shanghai almost 2 weeks ago. We were lucky enough to have the chance to meet up. We had a few hours one evening and had to decide what to show them that wasn’t already on their travel itinerary as well as impress them with something in Shanghai.
With working full time and not getting home until about 5pm each night it was tricky to plan something that could fit a time restriction and impress. One of our first great memories of this great city was seeing The Bund at night. Shanghai boasts many superb buildings, modern and older classical styles, on both sides of the Hungpu River. They were up for our plan and we set off one Wednesday evening. Our night started at the Peninsula Hotel at the end of the Bund for a drink on the patio bar. Spectacular views awaited us as we got acquainted. Next we strolled along the Bund and took in the view of the river, the architecture and interesting locals and tourists. Everything is lit up and the colours and sparkling lights are not garish, grotesque, or overdone. Instead they bathe everything in beauty. A broad walkway winds along the twists and turns of the river. We followed it for a number of blocks soaking it all in. If we had more time we would have done the river cruise… next time.
Sitting on top of the patio looking over this fantastic city we have called home for the past 3 years I am still amazed that we are living halfway around the world… in China of all places. A place I never thought I would visit, never mind live. The frustrations of the TIC (This is China) attitude was starting to get to me recently, but then this made me stop and realise what an opportunity, adventure and dream we have had. We are doing something few get to experience. Being able to share our love for the city and show them a small part of our place that has been home made it even more special.
So I ask again… if someone comes to visit you where is the one place you have to take them? This month’s theme for Tourist in Your Own Town was inspired by having a visitors. The theme for this month’s Tourist in Your Own Town “Must See and Do”
The first weekend of each month I will post a theme for ’Tourist in Your Own Town’. You can participate by:
- doing your own post on the theme
- add a hyperlink in your post to link your post back to this one
- put your link in the comment section below so others can read yours
- tag it “Tourist in Your Own Town” and use it in your title
- anyone can participate and I look forward to learning more about where you live and getting inspiration of somewhere to visit next J