We took advantage of sunny weather to take the double-decker bus tour of Shanghai. I researched on the internet and came up with the Big Bus Tours. I printed out the map with the bus stops. We missed getting the 25% discount available if you book online at least a day ahead! So we expected to pay 300 RMB.
After trying a couple soup restaurants (Soupa Kitchen - small bowls/mugs of Chinese soups, and Urban Soup Kitchen - big bowls of Western-type soups, plus sandwiches), we tried to find the bus stop at Xintiandi.
Kent has often passed a bus stop on his walks from work, so we headed there, just as a bus passed us! We had to beat it to the bus stop on Pu'an Lu near Yan'an Lu. Hmm, double-decker bus - check. A couple routes start here - check. But what a nice surprise to find it cost only 30 RMB! This was the City Sightseeing Bus Tour, and although it does not have a "Temple Tour," you see the essentials. Plus, you have 24 hours to use the pass, and you can get discount tickets to several sights. (Book online for a 10% discount!)
Today we went on the Red Line.
Today's bus had a partially-open second deck:
Kent's office, the Harbour Ring Plaza:
Former racecourse clubhouse, and now former Shanghai Art Museum:
Who was complaining about all the power lines in the photos?
View towards Pudong:
We wound our way around Yuyuan/Garden.
Pedestrian overpass at Henan Lu:
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Today we went on the Green Line, on an enclosed double-decker bus:
Drove down Huaihai Lu:
We bypassed the duck head place:
Veggie curry, mushrooms, organic rice, spicy eggplant and fake shredded pork: