{Shanghai-HK, Part 1: Our Itinerary + Staying At The Disney Resort}

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So…I’ve finally gotten around to writing this post after procrastinating for a whole month, and I’m really excited to be blogging about the 11 day trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong that my family went on in May this year, to celebrate surviving my first year of college.

The trip was nothing short of magical, and I low-key fell in love with Shanghai: the food, the sights, Disneyland and the people, but more on that in Part 3! First things first, here’s our trip itinerary:

Day 1// Wed Morning flight from Singapore to Shanghai

Shopping at Disney Town

Toy Story Hotel

Day 2// Thurs Shanghai Disneyland
Day 3// Fri โ€ฆstill in Disneyland ๐Ÿ˜›
Day 4// Sat West Nanjing

Peopleโ€™s Square

Day 5// Sun AP Plaza (a.k.a. the fake market)

Oriental Pearl Tower

Super Brand Mall

Disney Store

Day 6// Mon Qipu Road Clothing Market

East Nanjing

Sightseeing at the Bund

Day 7// Tues Flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong

Citygate Outlet shopping

Day 8// Wed Argyle Centre

Langham Place

Night Markets (Ladiesโ€™ Street)

Sino Centre

Day 9// Thurs HK Disneyland
Day 10// Fri Causeway Bay shopping

Kam’s Roast Goose Restaurant (Michelin-starred)

Victoria Peak

‘A Symphony Of Lights’ @ Victoria Harbour

Day 11// Sat Harbour City + Duty Free shopping

Flight from Hong Kong to Singapore

Whether you’re planning a holiday with your kids to Disneyland or you’re a shopaholic looking for the best bargains in both cities, I hope this 5-part series will help you plan a memorable vacation in either of these 2 stunning cities! If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to drop me a message or just hit me up on my other social media sites. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hopped off the plane atย L.A.X.ย Shanghai with a dream and my cardigan (does anyone get the reference?)….only to end up on the tarmac and be herded unceremoniously onto a waiting airport shuttle that brought us to the main terminal. I’ll be the first to admit that I was kinda shocked at how rural Pudong Int’l airport seemed; I had expected a nice fancy airport a la Singapore’s Changi Airport, given that Shanghai is a big city.

And gosh, I thought the weather in May (end of spring) would be bordering on hot, but NO IT WAS 16 DEGREES OUTSIDE. I was unbelievably happy to get away from the eternally humid and hot Singapore, to this pleasantly cool/cold ‘air-conditioned’ environment. We were most certainly off to a good start; read on for more!

After jostling with the locals to collect our luggage and getting our queue cut multiple times while trying to clear the bag checks, we finally made it to the taxi stand where we boarded a dingy-looking cab and headed off to the Disney Resort! The drivers in China are insane (in a Fast & Furious kinda way), and they don’t follow traffic rules, so I would advise taking a taxi or public transport when getting around Shanghai instead of renting your own car for safety reasons. The driver was speeding, and he got us to our destination in 25 minutes, as opposed to the 45 minutes the journey was supposed to have taken (if driven at a legal speed).

Toy Story Hotel

And alas, we arrived at Toy Story hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of the Disney Resort and just a 5 minute drive away from the park & Disneytown! Our triple room (3 adults) cost us an average of SGD$250+ a night, which is a pretty decent price given the stellar location, great amenities and Insta-worthy room. Our room cost us around $200 on the weekday nights and over $300 for Friday/weekend nights, so be sure to plan your Disney stay on weekdays to save money!

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We only had a view of the car park and couldn’t see the fireworks from our room, but if you choose to book a more expensive one (the ones listed as ‘Park View’), you’re guaranteed a view of the resort! Tomorrowland is just across the road from the hotel, so you can view the fireworks from the comfort of your room instead of having to squeeze with the crowd in the park.

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If you or your kids are Toy Story fans, this place would complete your Disney experience! For more pictures of the room and around the hotel, check outย TDR Explorer’s review here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Disney Resort Shuttle

Outside the hotel lobby was the shuttle bus pickup point, so we hopped on the free shuttle that took us to the Disneyland & Disneytown area.

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This large fountain is actually a circus/roundabout

The walk from the bus stop to the park entrance took another 5-10 minutes, and the weather was blustery and rather chilly, but the sheer excitement of approaching the park overshadowed everything else. Beware, picture spam ahead!!

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here’s to a looooong walk

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The janitors make Mickeys from leaf cuttings every day!! We saw these leafy Mickeys inside and outside the park

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Aren’t the fairy lights just magical?

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“Am I a good doggo?” FYI, they didn’t let me pet the dog

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Disneytown

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Disneytown is located right next to the park, and it’s a dining, entertainment and shopping haven! There’s a sprawling Disney store that stocks a lot of merchandise which can’t be found inside the park, so set aside at least 2 hours (and a lot of money) for shopping there! It’s the green-roofed building in the picture above; but it extends even further than my panorama could capture.

There’s a small exit near Tomorrowland that connects the park to Disneytown, which is really convenient if you wanna nip out for a more affordable lunch at the food court (Food Republic). But I have to say that food prices in China are a lot cheaper than SG and HK, so even food sold inside Disneyland (which is already overpriced compared to non-Disney food in Shanghai) is around two-thirds of the price in HK Disneyland.

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I had Korean food…as usual

If you’re feeling rich, there’s a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, ranging from The Cheesecake Factory to Crystal Jade. There was a row of xiaolongbao restaurants as well, which were reasonably-priced; but if you’re headed to the city area, you’re better off visiting the 100-year old Nan Xiang Xiaolong Mantou near Yuan Gardens, which I’ll cover in Part 3!

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The sun set around 8pm and the weather was rather cold, a welcome change from the climate back home. We then continued exploring the quaint town, and below are some of the pictures I took on my iphone, which unfortunately isn’t good at capturing lowlight shots. :/

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The pretty pavilion is the exterior of The Cheesecake Factory!

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Glorious cheesecakes!!

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the warm yellow lighting really made everything seem magical

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A 2-storey Crystal Jade Restaurant!!

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A terribly expensive (but #aesthetic) restaurant

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This theatre is where they hold ‘The Lion King’ musical nightly, but it’s a paid performance, with ticket prices ranging from ยฅ190 (SGD$40) for circle seats toย ยฅ630 (SGD$130) for prime seats

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Spot the Hidden Mickeys!!

Hidden Mickeys are everywhere in Disneyland, and it’s become a hobby of mine to search for them whenever I visit Disney parks. They’re so subtly hidden in the decor, gotta appreciate how talented and creative the Imagineers are! Of course the ones on and inside the clock tower (pictured below) don’t count as Hidden Mickeys, but they’re so cute/beautiful that I just had to post a picture of them! :3

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Mickey-embellished ceiling lamps; what’s not to love?

There was a massive 2-storey Lego flagship store in the heart of Disneytown, and I’ll just leave you to admire the Disney/Marvel/Star Wars figurines…

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I’m a massive Marvel fangirl, ’nuff said

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In the courtyard, there were live musicians playing pop renditions of Disney classics like ‘Beauty & The Beast’, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, etc. The courtyard was relatively empty when they were playing the less popular songs, but the moment the first note of ‘Let It Go’ rang out, an adorable bunch of princesses flocked over and began bopping to the music. It was such a precious moment… :’)

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World Of Disney store

If you’re a shopaholic plus a Disney addict like me, you will go crazy (and not to mention very broke) in this store. They sell pretty much everything imaginable, from clothes, jewellery, costumes & bags to Mickey ears, collectible Disney pins, character soft toys and souvenir tins. Permute all those items with every Disney movie (from Star Wars dresses to princess-themed crockery), and you can imagine how massive the store has to be to stock all those items.

I spent over $200 buying collectible pins for my already-excessive Disney pin collection, and another few hundred on merchandise like soft toys, jigsaw puzzles, and souvenirs.ย I was too busy buying stuff to actually take any pictures of the store interior, so these pictures I googled will have to suffice, though they hardly show the true scale of the store.

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Photo credit: Dailymail

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Photo credit: Disney

There’s also a Hot Toys shop located in the periphery, where fans of the Marvel and Star Wars franchises can get their fanboygirl fix, and even buy some action figures! Those I photographed weren’t for sale, cos they’re autographed and besides, even if they were for sale…we wouldn’t be able to afford them.

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Walking back to the shuttle bus stop, we passed by Starbucks, and I couldn’t resist entering, because the store was oh-so-big and oh-so-pretty!! The prices of the food, covfefe coffee and merchandise are relatively cheaper than in Singapore, and the range was a lot wider.

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Photo credit: Starbucks

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Photo credit: Starbucks

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And with that, we took the shuttle back to Toy Story Hotel to rest our feet for the first day of Disneyland. Stay tuned for the next post, and be sure to follow this blog or like my FB page for all the latest updates!

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