China Trip 2019

IMG_0461We woke up bright and early at 5am, and GoJek-ed to the airport, reaching way ahead of time to check out the Harry Potter set-up at Terminal 3, and to have breakfast. This time, we tried The Green Market at Terminal 2. Food was pretty decent! There was a Harry Potter exhibition at the airport, so we had fun taking some selfies before the flight 😛

Our flight was on time and some 300 minutes later, we arrived 😀

It took us about an hour to clear immigration and queue to get out of the airport due to the security checks. It was a 10-minute brisk walk to Terminal 1, where the 长途汽车站 Coach Station is, and where we experienced the first blast of 7 degree Celcius smoky air…Thankfully the queue at the ticket counter was very short, and we managed to grab tickets for the 4pm coach to 杭州 Hangzhou (¥115 per ticket including insurance; sales stop 2 minutes before scheduled departure). Continue reading

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Cafes in 上海 Shanghai, China

IMG_0681Shanghai has no less of its share of cafes and we managed to visit quite a few during our short stay.

We typically interspersed our cafe hopping in between meals and shopping/walking. And sometimes we just happened to see some interestingly-looking cafes and just decided to try. 🙂 Such is the luxury of vacation…

In general, the cafes in Shanghai are decent but not exceptional, compared to places like Melbourne, London or even Hong Kong. Nevertheless it was still a great experience to taste the coffee in Shanghai and enjoy the great weather, atmosphere and most importantly, the company! 🙂

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桢记热气羊肉火锅 Zhenji Reqi Mutton Hotpot @上海 Shanghai, China

We wanted brunch, and were the first customers waiting outside this hotpot restaurant 😛

For ¥160, we thought the food was not bad, and the meal became nicer because there was 猪血 Pig’s Blood.. haha!


  • Location: 上海市黄浦区宁海东路280号 (Baidu Maps)
  • Hrs: 11am – 3am
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老兴隆 and 老街小食 @ 上海 Shanghai, China

These two eateries were just a few steps away from each other, and since this was our last night in Shanghai, we decided to have two dinners 😮

We tried 四喜烤麸, 油爆虾 and 熏鱼 at 老兴隆 (total ¥141), and 香肠酱油饭 (¥16) and 白灼生菜 (¥10) at 老街小食, and wow, the food at both places were very delicious!

What a perfect way to end our last night here 🙂


  • Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路528号 (Baidu Maps)
  • Hrs: 10:30am – 9:30pm

  • Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路502号 (Baidu Maps)
  • Hrs: 10am – 9pm
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外滩 The Bund and 南京路步行街 Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street @ 上海 Shanghai, China

IMG_0609IMG_0690To make our 上海 Shanghai trip complete, we visited 外滩 The Bund both during the day and night over two days 🙂

The Bund is stretch of waterfront promenade along 黄浦江 Huangpu River. Overlooking the river is a stretch of modern skyscrapers, including the iconic 东方明珠塔 Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Behind it are dozens of historical buildings. We loved the contrast!

A pity it was raining when we went during the day, hence we did not stay for the sunset.

We returned the following night to enjoy the lovely night view 🙂


Just a short walk away from 外滩 The Bund, 南京路步行街 Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street is the paradise for shoppers. For us, we enjoyed the beautiful architecture 🙂


  • Location: 上海市黄浦区中山东一路 (Baidu Maps)
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Half Day Trip to 古猗园 Guyi Garden and 南翔古镇 Nan Xiang Ancient Town@上海 Shanghai, China

IMG_0636IMG20190106101541We spent the morning at 古猗园 Guyi Garden (¥12 per adult).

It appeared to be a garden where the locals gather to dance and chat. We guessed it paled in comparison to the natural beauty of 西湖 and 东湖, and we thought the artificial swans and all were really quite unnecessary. There were also a few exhibitions in some of the pavilion.

We also caught some 腊梅 and 梅花 on their way to blossoming. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours strolling and enjoying the greenery. Continue reading

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莱莱小笼 @上海 Shanghai, China

This eatery might be small, but the food were certainly big on flavours 🙂

We tried the 蟹膏小笼 Crab Roe Xiao Long Bao (¥58) and 蟹粉虾仁馄炖 Crab Meat Prawn Dumpling (¥39) and we thought both were awesome, especially the Xiao Long Bao that was very juicy and flavourful.


  • Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路506号底前 (Baidu Maps)
  • Hrs: 8am to 8pm
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豫园 Yu Garden @ Shanghai, China

After lunch, we took a 40-min stroll to 豫园 Yu Garden. It was really crowded 😮

Soon, we felt really tired and headed into 宁波汤圆店 Ning Bo Rice Balls Shop for a break. We shared a 传统宁波汤团 Traditional Ning Bo Rice Balls (¥20 for 8). The fillings were black sesame, and it was a pretty nice dessert with thin skin and awesome fillings (hubby’s favourite!)

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大壶春 Dahuchun @上海 Shanghai, China

上海 Shanghai, here we come~

Called for a car via 滴滴出行 Didi Rider app (¥11) to 杭州火车站 Hangzhou Railway Station to catch the 8+am train to 上海虹桥火车站 Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, followed by a Metro ride to 大世界 Dashijie Station (¥5 per adult).

Made our way to the hotel, dropped our bags and we were off to our first meal in Shanghai!

The flagship store of 大壶春 Dahuchun was just around the corner, and so, we had some really awesome 生煎包 Pan-Fried Pork Buns again!


We had to order a portion of pork buns and soup each, so we ended up with a plate with 鲜肉 pork fillings (¥8 for 4 pieces), 虾仁 prawn fillings (¥12 for 4 pieces) and 2 bowls of 葱花鱼丸汤 Fishball Soup with Spring Onions (¥8 per bowl).

Compared to the version which we tried in Hangzhou, the buns here had thicker skin, but were meatier. We liked the fluffy top part and the crisp bottom. The overall taste felt homely and hearty. The soup was pretty normal.


  • Location: 上海市黄浦区四川中路136号 (Baidu Maps)
  • Hrs: 6.30am to 7:30pm
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