My winter 2018 trip to Asia. Day 10. Shanghai, China

There is so much to visit, but two days allow so much. I start the day at The Bund and its historical buildings. The waterfront is a good place for a walk and has impressive views of the financial district. Big ships constantly cross the river.

I take the metro to the other side of the river to visit the China Art Museum. The building is an impressive inverted red pyramid. The exhibit is interesting but not so much. As I enter the first exhibition I have the feeling that I have seen it before. It’s a series of ink paintings from the 80s.

But then, I go to the top floor and I like what I see. In this rooms, there is a variety of techniques and styles. The animated version of the “Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival” it’s tasteful and beautifully done. In a big room runs a digital river. In the wall, a projection of the animated work plays in a loop. It takes several minutes to see the complete loop that changes as people crosses from one side of the room to the other. Comics and animation have also its place in the museum. It is worth visiting, my first impression was wrong.

The financial district is impressive with its tall skyscrapers and its gardens. It’s an in-between Hong Kong’s compactness and the big gaps between buildings of Shenzhen. It even has its own Disney store. 

Finally, I take the MagLev to the airport. It was one of the things in my to-do list. The trip lasts just a few minutes as the train speeds up to 300 Km/h. I think that it’s a metaphor for my trip around China. It has been really interesting, but I have had no time to stop and enjoy the place. This is my first time in China and I wanted to see how much I liked the experience. I have enjoyed all the cities. Next time I will stay longer, and try to escape to some side trips to see the Chinese Great Wall. For this time, I am happy with what I have done.

From the airport I get to my hotel that is 10 minutes away. Tomorrow I have another flight, that is why I wanted to be in an hotel so close to the airport. It has a channel with the timetables of all departures and an airport shuttle bus each 15 minutes. For today, I am done.