Sparky Travels

December 11, 2009

Shanghai MkII

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8th of December.
Arriving back in Shanghai only 48 hours after I’d left I checked back into the hostel and headed straight to the bar. After Skyping Mum I started chatting to some fellow drinkers. A trio of student teachers from Scotland and England and a couple of Australians hanging about in Beijing before a business conference later in the week. We spent the evening playing pool and killer pool before doing some music swapping.

On my last full day not only in China but Asia as a whole my main task was shopping. I walked around the city first going along the Bund. Normally it would be the main sight in Shanghai but due to the upcoming 2010 Expo the whole street was covered in building work. The building were impressive but I had to walk right up alongside them while drills and diggers hammered away so the experience was diminshed somewhat. I shopped for a few hours in Yuyuan Bazaar to get my last taste of haggling. Being a real tourist trap the initial prices here were astronomical so some hardcore haggling (i.e. starting at less than 10% of the initial price) was required to get an acceptable price. With this exhausting experience over I went back to the hostel where I chatted to Kim on Skype and packed my bag for Australia.

I got a taxi to airport in the early afternoon of the 10th and had a trouble free flight to Guanzhou. We arrived 30mins late so I had less time than I’d have liked before my connection to Sydney. It was weird walking past the baggage reclaim and hoping my bag would follow me to Australia. After officially leaving Chinese territory and rushing through duty free I boarded my second China Southern aircraft of the day for the 9 hour flight.

After 155 days in Asia its time to hit Oceania.

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