{Shanghai-HK} Part 3: Shopping in Shanghai

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Shanghai is undoubtedly a shopping and food paradise, with good bargains to be found in every store, and all the food you could possibly indulge in. So in this post, I’ll be covering all the best shopping spots in Shanghai for travellers on any budget, as well as highlights of food we found in the city.

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Nearest metro station: Nanjing Road (West)

This area is shopaholic heaven for those of you who love fashion chains like Uniqlo, H&M, Marks & Spencer’s and Zara, and you could easily spend the whole day there. The first thing you’ll encounter when exiting the metro station is an entire lane selling street food and assorted desserts, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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Read On: The Best Places to Shop in Shanghai

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{Shanghai-HK} Part 2: Shanghai Disneyland & Disneytown

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Visiting all the Disneylands in the world is on my bucket list, and so far, I’ve conquered all but 2 – if anyone wants to sponsor flight tickets to LA or Paris, I’d be eternally grateful – anyway, fair warning, this post is going to be chock full of pictures, given that I’m an extreme Disney addict and am trigger happy.

My family are Disney veterans, so we planned our trip such that we would visit Disneyland on at least 1 weekday, so we could enjoy taking the rides with no queues. Ideally, if your schedule permits, plan your Disney trip on Tues/Wed/Thurs as opposed to other days, because the queue times will always be significantly shorter (10 minute wait time on average vs 40 minutes on weekends/Fridays).

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And in typical ‘kiasu’ fashion, we showed up at 7.30am, although the park only opens at 8.00am. But it turns out that everyone else had the same idea, as there was a massive crowd waiting at the gates by the time we made it there. There were a lot of queue cutter – this is China after all – but the crowds were cleared very efficiently once the park opened.

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People began sprinting in the direction of their favourite rides, strollers and all; it was a rather terrifying sight, because in the other Disneylands I’ve been to, people were more chill and just brisk-walked to their rides instead of running the way these people did. It was drizzling intermittently our first day, but we didn’t really care for the rain, because honestly Disney >>> rain???

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Read On: Follow Me Around Disneyland + Tips

{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 …still in Disneyland 😛
Day 4// Sat West Nanjing

People’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 (Ladies’ 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. 🙂

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I hopped off the plane at L.A.X. 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!

Read On: Exploring Disneytown & Staying At Toy Story Hotel