On my last day in Shanghai, my plan of action is to see the Yuyuan Garden, take the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel under the river to the Pudong side, swing by the Oriental Pearl Tower and take some pictures, go up to the observation deck at the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and then visit the Science and Technology Museum.
The 400-year old Yuyuan Garden was really beautiful.
The garden has rookeries, ponds, bridges and pavilions.
In the back of my mind, I was comparing the Yuyuan Garden with the Botanical Gardens in Gothenburg, which I had visited earlier in the summer. It’s hard to compare two such different concepts of what a garden should be like, but I would say it’s a draw between the Yuyuan Garden and Gothenburg Botanical Garden. In Gothenburg, you have the freshness and the colours, in Shanghai, you have the classical beauty and the sense of history.
It was kind of funny when a I Chinese girl asked me if I wanted to visit their government tea house inside Yuyuan Garden “for free”. After asking several times whether it really was free, I agreed to have a look. It WAS actually a totally free demonstration of Chinese tea-making! At the end I was offered to buy tea if I wanted to (I bought some ginseng), but the show itself didn’t cost a penny. Goes to show that there are some honest people involved in tea houses in Shanghai – and what a total fraud the previous day’s tea adventure had been!
Taking the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel was a total waste of money ($8 for a single), totally not worth the convenience of quickly getting from the Bund to the Pudong side. A corny sound track and tacky visual effects.
Seeing the Oriental Pearl Tower from underneath was quick but fun.
The highlight for the day was the observation deck at the Shanghai World Financial Centre.
The observation deck is 474 metres above ground level, which is actually higher up than the observation deck at Burj Khalifa (at 452 metres, though Burj Khalifa is actually 828 metres tall overall).
Fabulous views and blue skies.
The perfect photo op for Shanghai.
The observation deck itself is quite different from Burj Khalifa.
And the holes in the floor were pretty cool.
The Science and Technology Museum was pretty lame by comparison. In fact, I thought it was more like a natural history museum. Here are some dancing robots.
I mean, where are the humanoids you can talk to?
Anyway, on the whole, my last day in Shanghai – and the last day of my Helsinki to Shanghai train journey – was pretty good. I feel this 10,241 km train journey has been an incredible experience, and I’ve seen so many beautiful, fascinating and interesting things during my ten stops between Finland and here. I’m leaving Shanghai and China a very happy man.