I must admit, Shanghai didn’t amaze me.In fact, I was disappointingly underwhelmed with the city.
I think it would be a decent place to live, but as a tourist I just didn’t enjoy it so much. I felt like there wasn’t a whole lot to do, there wasn’t a backpacker area like there seemed to be in Beijing, and the nightlife seemed to be a choice of two extremes; free entry and drinks in expensive clubs that use foreigners as an attraction for locals, or incredibly expensive drinks in areas around the Bund. I’m sure I’m missing a lot of the things in between, but this was my experience. Also, the free entry and drinks to clubs (and the one I went to in particular) sounds much better than it is. It just didn’t feel like a fun environment.
For most of my stay in Shanghai I stayed at Blue Mountain Hostel in The Bund. It is a cool hostel, but just didn’t have a great vibe. That said, after a few days I did meet an Iranian guy and a British guy named Matt, and the three of us went to the club for free drinks together. A day or two later Patrick who I’d met in Ulaanbaatar a few weeks earlier arrived at the same hostel, so we had a few days hanging out together. But mostly I didn’t do much other than visit The Bund.
After a not so fun experience in Shanghai, I decided I didn’t have the motivation to push on in China. It is a real battle to travel here, the culture difference is so extreme, the people are disinterested for the most part and the language barrier makes everything difficult. I also noticed on Instagram my friend from Vietnam (2014-15) Bond
With Taiwan and South-East Asia calling, I was very happy to book a flight to Taipei and flew out on the 27th at 8am on no sleep.