I arrived in Shanghai in the morning and was busy finding my way around town. Fortunately, a man came up to me and offered a room for 158RMB! Wow, what a pretty good deal!
It's important to know that in China, there are two ways of doing business - official and unofficial. In the official way, I would have had to pay more than 220 RMB to stay in the same business hotel as the one offered to me by the guy. I suppose this guy has some connections with the tour agent and thus was able to offer me the room at such a steal, so of course, I immediately seized the opportunity, albeit through the unofficial way. I'm not saying we should always jump at what seems to be a better deal at the first instance; Rule No. 1 is to always learn to be discerning of those who are trying to cheat you.
My first impression of Shanghai was the huge number of people everywhere! Just look at the pictures below and you will know what I mean. As Shanghai is pretty cloudy now, I decided against heading up to higher ground to capture the ever-changing skyline that she is famous for. Instead, I walked around the misty streets to capture the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.
I met up with my new friend whom I got to know during the Guilin Walking Convention in Yangshuo and Shanghai being his homeground, he played host and brought me out to dinner and later, to his friend's birthday party! The party was a very colorful affair with everyone decked in their 1960's outfit and this provided me with quite a few photo opportunities in the bar!
I had a couple of drinks with them and while it was really fun, I needed some fresh air and decided to head back to my hotel to rest and recharge for the next day.