Standing in the Lujiazui Financial Zone, Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and one of the tallest buildings in the world, while the elevator taking visitors up to the top of the building is the fastest on the planet. HYPE IS REAL.

So, the building is indeed very tall and the elevator is in fact really fast! And even though there was too much of a hype about this place, it was obviously cool seeing Shanghai from above - at least as much of it as I could see through the thick air.

After taking the elevator from the top down to the basement, where we found some nice photography from the streets of Shanghai, we started heading towards the Bund. Instead of taking the metro, we wanted to try the public ferry - which was an experience of its own. First of all, people were RUNNING to the ferry when the gates opened, which left me standing behind in confusion and eventually got me the worst “seat” on the ferry. Since it was dark by now, the skyline was (apparently) looking amazing from where we were in the middle of the river - I wouldn’t know. However, while my taller friends were occupied with admiring the views, I found myself busting some of the Chinese people around me with taking sneaky pictures of/with me and wishing that even for once, some of these people would actually bother or dare to talk to me

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Moganshan road a.k.a. M50 is a creative art district in Shanghai, full of art galleries and small cafés. It is also one of the few places in the metropolis where I actually found some street art. Together with 1933 Slaughterhouse, M50 was one of my must do:s in Shanghai, but because of lots of work and rainy days, it took me a while to find the time to go there. However, once I finally found myself in this art hub of Shanghai, I thought I might have found another favourite place in the city. The atmosphere was relaxed and most of the galleries were open and free of charge!

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Yesterday I tried teppanyaki for the first (but definitively not the last) time. My Chinese connection took me and my friends to a restaurant on Nanjing West, right above the huge Forever21-store, where we took seat around a table in front of a chef (right after the waitress set the table and the chef got back from his cigarette-break). Very soon after we were seated, the waitress started filling the table with all kinds of small dishes. At some point it felt like there was an unlimited supply of sushi, sashimi, crab, vegetables,  a tongue that one day had belonged to a cow, different kinds of meat, a soup that tasted like gingerbread dough, desserts and drinks. Although I usually prefer sticking to vegetarian food and seafood, I did try all of the meat that was served during this dinner - including tongue, which in fact looked like kebab but tasted much better (did not expect that)! However, as a Iover of sushi and banana, my favorite part of the dinner was the sashimi (AMEN), the sushi and the fried banana with ice-cream. A final good thing about the dinner was that we only paid 200RMB/person, which is not much for what we got for the money.

Ps. As most of the good things I've tried in China, this too is actually a Japanese thing...🙄

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During just a few weeks in Shanghai, this was already my second visit to this building called 1933 Slaughterhouse. As the name reveals, this solid concrete building located in Hongkou district, is a former Slaughterhouse, which also served other purposes before it became what it is now - 'a commercial hub for creative industries'. Built in 1933, it's a landmark from a pre-communist time, designed by British architects and built by Chinese developers. Nowadays the building offers spaces for small businesses, cafés etc. For example, there is a rooftop terrace on the top of the building, which is really nice (even if the café making money of it isn't).

Somehow there is something really fascinating about this building... It's both haunting and beautiful, confusing and interesting - all at the same time. It's easy to imagine the cattle being herded through the aisles and on the heavy 'air bridges' towards their faith... but somehow the creepiness of that image combined with the beauty of the building makes the whole thing fascinating. Therefore it is definitively one of the most interesting buildings I've seen in a while!

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