Night out at The Bund Shanghai

Drinks-at-Glamour-barAfter a couple of days hard work in Shanghai, there was time for some good restaurants, bars and clubbing. The Thursday night we started for cocktails in Glamour bar, which is located next to the river with a great view.

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Glamour Bar itself is definitely worth visiting. Stylish interior where antique furniture is combined with futuristic color schemes for the lightning. The cocktails are well worth it, especially as they serve the Martini James Bond. The special mix from Casino Royal, where James took a Martini mixed with Gin, Vodka, sweet Vermouth and a slice of lemon. Off course shaken, not stirred! From the movie script:

Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?

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The Glamour Bar is definitely a place worth visiting when you are in Shanghai. From the website:

With stunning views as a backdrop and gorgeous lounging inside, the sexy Glamour Bar on the Shanghai Bund -- one of the hottest bars in the world, according to Conde Nast Traveller, and voted Shanghai's Best Bar twice in two years by the readers of City Weekend-- is a glamorous setting that makes for memorable evenings, every night.

  And while you are there, get diner at the restaurant at the top of the same building: M on The Bund. The restaurant has an amazing view over the river and Shanghai’s skyline. A perfect picture opportunity.

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We ended in a nightclub after a short visit in Bar Rouge, which is one of the hottest night clubs in Shanghai, and also worth a visit. This night it was a little quite, maybe it was because it was a Thursday.

Shanghai is definitely a good city to go out in. The clubs and bars are trendy, play good music and there are plenty of people who are in for a party. I was lucky I had people with me who speak Chinese, as that can really help. But I bet you can get around the city only with English too.

Skywalk at 474 Meters High

image In Shanghai, stands the current highest building of the world. The Shanghai World Financial Center is the tallest with 492 meters. This is 1614 feet high! Although there is one tower in Taipei higher, this is because of the long TV antenna on the roof!

On the 100th floor, there is the Skywalk, where you can walk from one side to the other over a floor of glass. This is a wonderful way to see the skyline of Shanghai. Last night we went to the tower to see the skyline at night, and especially to see if we can make some nice night shots from Shanghai, from 474 meters high!

The night shots were very difficult, as the windows were dirty from all the hands pressed against the window for the whole day, the light shining upwards were distorting the pictures. I managed to get some fun shots with the fisheye lens. For the rest, not all of the other pictures are really worth it to publish. Just a few are ok.

The rest of the pictures can be found on my flickr account.

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Serious Karaoke in China

Karaoke is an important and serious deal for the Chinese. They love it, and where we, as Europeans just joke around in the Karaoke box, these guys are really good in singing with a passion.   

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You sit in a rather big room with each other and enjoy yourself with performances of your group mates. It’s a lot of fun, especially as there is some alcohol flowing.

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Fantastic Chinese Food

The food is fantastic. If we are going to a Dim Sum place, eat dumplings, Cantonese food or whatever. Food is a big thing for the Chinese and they usually order a great number of different dishes which are all shared around the table. The diner is a social event, where you can really talk with the people. How different than in the US, where sometimes you are in and out a restaurant in barely 25 minutes.

Dumplings. These were especially good in this restaurant. It won several awards, and I had never had such good Dim Sum.

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Fish-head soup

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Deep fried fish, tasty…

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Cold chicken dish in red sauce. It looks hot and spicy, but was mild and very good.

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Ultra hot dish. Shrimps with vegetables in red hot peppers. You are not supposed to eat the peppers, as you will be on fire!

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Shanghai Visit First Impressions

On our trip to Shanghai, we have hardly any time to go sightseeing. Although there is some time later reserved in the agenda to go visit some of the obvious tourist traps, I have to do it right now with our daily trip to the office and the diners with our hosts.

However, even with that limited number of opportunities to smell the atmosphere in this big Chinese city, we are enjoying ourselves pretty good. The hosts are great, take us to wonderful restaurants and really show us around and tell us about the history of the city.

Shanghai is currently building a complete new road net, which will be ready within a couple of months for the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. You see construction everywhere, but I’m confident they will be finished by the time the Expo 2010 will start.

Here are some impressions through my lens:

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