So after three amazing days in Shanghai we have now moved on to Chengdu. I enjoyed the city of Shanghai a lot more than the city of Beijing, unfortunately the weather was not as nice. The temperature was about 100 degrees while we were there with a lot of humidity. So walking around and looking at all the sights was quite draining. We did get to see the Shanghai museum, Yu Gardens, Qi Bao (the venice of China), and the Jade Buddha Temple.
I think the coolest thing we did in Shanghai was going to Cloud 9, a bar on the 87th floor of the Jin Mao tower looking over the Bund in the center of Shanghai. It took us 4 elevators to get up to Cloud 9; the first was from the ground floor to the 54th floor, then the 54th floor to the 56th floor, then the 56th floor to the 85th floor and finally the 85th floor to the 87th floor. Despite the confusion in finding the elevators the view from the top was well worth the effort. We spent a couple of hours up there watching the sunset, seeing the lights turn on around the city and sipping cocktails. It was the best way to relax and enjoy some Shanghai air conditioning. Ironically we also ended up sitting across from a table of english speakers which included a guy we had had our eye on during our flight from Beijing. Some suggested it was fate, others merely a coincidence.
Tomorrow morning we are heading off to Jiu Zhai Gou to see the natural beauty China has to offer and get some hiking done. That means we have today to locate the famous silk market here in Chengdu. Luckily the weather here, although humid, is a lot cooler.
I apologize for not having any pictures to post with this, but unfortunately the right connections are unavailable at this internet cafe. Well I guess internet cafe is being generous, this is more of a gamers heaven. Imagine a large dark room with curtains over the windows, huge fans blowing air around the room, rows and rows of computers, high backed chairs, and lots of chinese boys/men gaming. It's quite incredible. I guess that mental picture is all I have to offer for now.