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Day 19. Lianyungang to Shanghai

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 permalink [Permalink]

One of the parks just next to two large roundabouts was filled with people practicing tai-chi, another group danced to classical tunes reminiscent of the fifties.



So the decision is made, we try to get to Shanghai as soon as possible.  As luck would have it, we were fortunate to have found a bus that gets under way at 10 am this morning.  With a few hours to spare we rode around the streets trying to soak up some more of the life here.

A bit of a character
[A bit of a character]

One of the parks just next to two large roundabouts was filled with people practicing tai-chi, another group danced to classical tunes reminiscent of the fifties.  The majority of participants seemed to be of retirement age, Dave and Bill went over to investigate further and in the process caused a bit of a commotion.

Lianyungang Roundabouts - (Traffic Circle if you're South African)
[Lianyungang Roundabouts - (Traffic Circle if you're South African)]

We said our goodbyes and rode on over to the bus terminal, where after purchasing tickets for Shanghai we broke the bikes into pieces and placed them in the hold.  This trip was rather uneventful and very much unwanted; however there was no other way of getting to Shanghai on time and still have some time to see the city.

Talking with the dancers
[Talking with the dancers]

The day was rather pathetic, and as we neared Shanghai, dark clouds could be seen to stretch in all directions subduing our first cityscape experience.

The bus terminal was under construction and our bus was unloaded rather quickly with our bikes being stranded in the middle of a busy driveway with nowhere safe to put them together.  We dragged our things off the busy street and took to work.

First things first, we need to figure out where to stay for the night - the sun is starting to set and the clouds as well as the rain won't make things easier on us.  Our wet weather gear was going to come in handy and after flicking through the Lonely Planet and not finding anything of interest, we decided to ride towards the main canal along Nansuzhou Rd.

Raining in Shanghai
[Raining in Shanghai]

It didn't take too long before we found ourselves a small hotel in relative proximity of everything we wanted to see.  We went out on the town to grab something to eat and get our bearings, but the dreary weather prevented us exploring farther than a 1km radius, and after the bus ride, the only thing we really wanted to do was sleep.


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