Hello foodie friends!
There are few words to describe the amazingly busy hustle & bustle that is Shanghai. From the inner city area of Shanghai with a population of 14 million to 24 mil (including it’s municipality.) It can be hard to get some space, yet far easier to get some dumplings ;)
Finishing up at work & school amidst graduation, farewells & happy tears. It was time for me to stretch the legs and rest the brain.
On that note, below you’ll find my top destinations for travel in Shanghai & Hangzhou (aka) A girl’s food frenzy in China.
In the city each & every second day was filled with Yum Cha, family & shopping expeditions. I can honestly say I relished my time as big aunt (da-ghu!) To the cutest little niece & nephew about town.
One of the best places to head for a decent Dumpling fix, is inside of Super Brand Mall. You’ll find an amazing variety of shopping brands, Yum Cha outlets and seriously, entertainment complex for the kiddies. To say it’s giant is an understatement!
With million dollar views from the top of the Park Hyatt and 100 Century Avenue for Dim Sum samplers, it doesn’t get better than this.
Heading up the SWFC observation deck alone sets you back 180rmb, so you might as well splash out on a cocktail and dims sum sampler for 240rmb and chillax.
When in Shanghai, you’ve got to be prepared for Spicy food! The Buildings come tall, the dumplings are plentiful and so is the spice.
A VIP room at Hai Di Lao, will set you back approx 128rmb, or $12Aud. That’s a pretty fair trade for bottomless cool drinks & generous plates of fruit to cool you down after some seriously spicy food!
For those who run a mile away from of the fiery heat of Sichuan, fear not! You may always request a double pan to cook, with a soothing chicken broth, separate to the fiery, endorphin inducing soup on the other side.
For the price of a bowl of noodles, you can get a dance to rival any contestant on So You think You Can Dance, promise! ;)
By the way, the only time I’ll ever agree to eating Penguin is with these little guys…aww, sweet on the outside and a sweet custard on the inside.
They make em cute in Shanghai!
After a couple of weeks of constant crowd dodging and plentiful shopping, (ahem!) It was the obvious choice to get away to the country.
Getting there via shanghai is super quick and speedy, in just over an hour, you can clock up to 300 kmp on the Maglev, with First class tickets for under $100Aud, you can travel in spacious style & comfort too.
Hangzhou is revered for being one of the top tea growing regions in China. With the Long Jing having the most famous reputation amongst tea connoisseurs.
Revellers taking in the view around the West Lake, all ages & sizes, anytime of the day.
Nearby a bus tour will take you to any of the ancient water villages, such as Wuzhen.
Whilst they operate predominantly for tourists now a days, these towns exist as a gentle & beautiful reminder, that though the mega cities of 20 million continue to climb and develop amongst the ever growing demand for resources, there are still pockets of old village life, as it existed centuries ago.
Often referred to as the Venice of the East, I can only imagine the beauties which Marco Polo discovered on his first tours to China.
Watch on for a day trip to this beautiful region and explore the canals & water village life…
Suffice it to say, this whole trip was a #stretchypants affair for me!
If you want to check out my food raves on Tastemade, then stop on by to see my other top spots in action on this china trip!
Be warned, this is a definite foodporn alert!
Until then, I look forward to getting back into my kitchen and cooking along besides you all.
It’s Springtime here in Australia, the sun is not so absent in the afternoons, (daylight savings are coming soon, yaaay!)
Cant wait for our next adventure together xo