Pearl of Shanghai, hustlers in the malls, and trying to find a bar

Pearl of Shanghai, hustlers in the malls, and trying to find a bar

The Pearl of Shanghai is an amazing tall tower similar to the Sky tower in Auckland, NZ. It is meant to symbolize everything great and wonderful about China.


It's a cool tower to look at but not amazing to visit. The view was awesome. The queue lines were huge for this place. They really really are long. Longer than any other I've seen at places like airports, Disneyland, Customs or anything. The lines go all the way round the base of this tower. The video might give you a idea of how big it was. Luckily we didn't go during peak time so we went straight up.

The view from the top was very cool. This video doesn't really do much justice but here it is all the same. For as far as you can see in any direction there are lights. Every horizon is sparkling and it goes a long way beyond what I can see.

We have visited a few large malls and markets now and in every place there are always hawkers and hustlers. The sort of people that are selling fake watches or trying to make a commission from the brining you to a certain store to buy. This gets old really fast. The best way to avoid them is not to make eye contact but it's not all that easy. In one mall we have 7 hustlers following and talking to us the whole time. It gets a little overwhelming at times. I can't just walk and look without one of them yelling at my to go inside and try something. They follow us from store to store. We have discovered a few innovative ways of getting rid of them but I won't share those here haha.

We have been keen to check out the night life while over here but it's really hard to find a bar we can successfully bar a drink from. The language barrier is hard enough at the best of times, let alone when you are yelling across a noisy bar.

We spent four hours looking for a bar. We tried three but they didn't work out for a few reasons. the fist bar was a super bar. The sort of place that can have 10,000 people in it. I've never seen one so big. Multiple floors and international DJ's they fly in every night of the week. The door charge was 100 RMB ($30 NZD) which was a bit much for me so we didn't go in. The second bar was an underground place. Very interesting. It was the only place in China I have seen graffiti. It was very dark and not really a friendly sort of place so we left. The third place was not what we thought. It looked like a nice clean bar but as soon as we got near the door we realised it was more of a gentlemen's club which also wasn't what we wanted. So after a long time driving around the city and with no luck we went home four hours later. I'd like to say it was fun all the same, but this time it wasn't.

China is fantastic. Shanghai is expensive but very interesting. There is a heap to do. We could have filled two weeks in this city but it's time to move on. Beijing is next and our next business meeting.

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