13.09.2013 - 15.09.2013
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We arrived in Shanghai, China's biggest and most modern city, at 10am and it was already overpoweringly sweaty. The hotel was the equivalent of a Chinese Travelodge- clean, free wifi, close to the centre. After a delicious 60p bowl of dumpling soup we planned to explore the Bund (riverside) but the weather had other ideas and treated us to a downpour so torrential the hotel brought out the sandbags. It had cleared enough for a nighttime boat trip to see the futuristic neon skyline, complete with dramatic lightening.
A little worse for wear, some of us took a stroll around the French Concession the next morning, a tranquil area away from the main hustle and bustle, stuffed with cute boutiques and coffee shops.
Time to move on, this time an 18 hour sleeper train to Xi'an to see the famed Terracotta Army.