Friday, June 1, 2018

CHINA PART 1: SHANGHAI TRIP 5D6N

HEY GUYS! it's june already and i just came back from my family trip to Shanghai. It's been my 4th time but this was the longest time i've ever spent in Shanghai. Usually i went there just one or two days but now a little longer 6days. Many place i just discovered on this trip especially disneyland and giant largest starbucks in the world. Because china is HUGE, i will share for you guys one by one and this is my new series, CHINA part 1 - SHANGHAI enjoy ♡

πŸ”»ITINERARYπŸ”»

DAY 1 | 25 MAY // ARRIVED SHANGHAI 
DAY 2 | 26 MAY // TOURISTY PLACES VISIT ( YU GARDEN & XINDIANDI)
DAY 3 | 27 MAY // SHANGHAI- ZHUJIAJIAO- SHANGHAI
DAY 4 | 28 MAY // DISNEYLAND
DAY 5 | 29 MAY // CAFE HOPPING TIANZIFANG, WEST NANJING
DAY 6 | 30 MAY // EXPLORING EAST NANJING, BACK KOREA 
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πŸ”»BUDGET ESTIMATIONπŸ”»

(per-person)

// Flights
Flight SEOUL-SHANGHAI-SEOUL (by China Southern)   = ₩194.000
➥Flight total = ₩194.000

// Transportation
MRT RIDE ¥10/day x6days
➥Transportation total = 60ε…ƒ (1 CNY = KRW167) = ₩10.000

// Stays
( based on private room price 2 person)
Shijia Inn East Nanjing
➥₩25.000/person x 5nights = ₩125.000  

// Tour Entrance Fee
Disneyland (bought from Gmarket korean online)
➥Tour Entrance total = ₩66.000

// Meals
Eat budget (heavy meal) 30ε…ƒ x 2 ( lunch & dinner) x 6 = ¥360
Meals fee total = 360ε…ƒ  (1 CNY = KRW167) ₩60.129

// VISA
Chinese visa single entry Korea  ₩55000
Meals fee total = ₩55.000 

GRAND TOTAL
Rp. 6.631.560
( ~USD 485  // ~KRW 510.120)

Can't be said cheap because if i compared to Korea, suprisingly Shanghai living cost is similar and even sometimes more expensive! For local coffee shop, it costs around ¥40 or ₩8000!! Omg. . . 

P.s if you out of budget here our tips
#1 bring your own drink bottle. Because mostly restaurant doesn't provide water and bottle water sells ¥6/ bottle
#2 WALK WALK WALK mostly tourist objects located not really far from the other around 1-3km. I love walking but i was with my parents so i took bus or MRT more.

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After itinerary and all the money that we used now i will give you detail and some important travel tips 

#1 BEST TIME TO VISIT 
Cant suggest you as you know 4 season countries always good all the times. BUT avoid mid summer if you hate sun because china is super duper hot on summerday

#2 VISA NEEDED?
I thought all countries need visa to china? Perhaps HAHA you can apply chinese visa max 3 months before departure and for you who stay in Korea, you can check here how to apply chinese visa in Korea.

#3 MONEY! 
CHINA YUANε…ƒ 
China can be said super modern because mostly they transaction using alipay on mobile so you can make your account there OR just bring cash because some of local merchants like minimart or restaurant can't accept foreign cards.

#4 INTERNET CONNECTION
You know right GOOGLE, YOUTUBE, and many of our daily apps blocked in China? So prepared your handphone with VPN APP before entering China. And for wifi, renting on airport is very recommended since if you use local sim card can be much expensive for data. Usually it cost around USD 5-7/day for router rent.

#5 AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION TO CITY CENTER
In Shanghai, they have 2 airport, one is Hongqiao Airport for domestic flight and Pudong International Airport (SHA/PVG) where we all usually arrive.
Hongqiao is much closer to city center ( if can be compared like Tokyo haneda) and Pudong is quite far around 45 mins by car. But for public transportation here are some choices for you
Regular MRT line 2 // 7ε…ƒ// 1 hour 
Maglev express train // 50ε…ƒ// 8mins 
Shuttle bus// CNY 20// 1 hour

MY EXPERIENCES
PUDONG- CITY i took Maglev because i was curious HAHA it super fast around 300km/hour. So it took only 8mins from airport till Longyang MRT station and than i changed to regular MRT line 2 to East nanjing road which my hotel located. So total travel time (8mins+15mins) 23 mins

CITY-PUDONG i was not in a rush so i tried regular train. It cost me super cheap just CNY7. But from East nanjing road i rode the train till Guanglan Rd. (Still in the same line) and transfered to special airport line, with total travel time 1 hour.

Both are super convenient. Following your time and budget you can adjust your transportation choice :)
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MUST VISIT AREA IN SHANGHAI
Huangpu river divided new shanghai and old shanghai area.

Back to oldy shanghai& famous xiaolongbao place.

Enjoying largest disneyland in the world

Shopping area

shopping area

XINDIANDI
Brick shikumen traditional look cafes & pub

latest hype Shanghai oldfashioned french colonial area turned into cute shops and cafe

exclusive prestigious area 

biggest starbucks in the world

ONE DAY TRIP OUTSIDE SHANGHAI



water ancient town

MUST EAT IN SHANGHAI
XIAOLONGBAO
Chinese soup dumpling
Price approx 20~40ε…ƒ/12 pieces
Recommended restaurant is Nanxiang dumpling originally at Yu garden area but i found one local small resto near nanjing road also great. Just randomly try! Becaise every restaurant is very unique. Typical of chinese xiaolongbao has thicker skin than taiwanese

JIANBING
Chinese savory crepe
Price approx 3-5ε…ƒ
Typical chinese to go breakfast. It contains egg,scallion, and some sauces. It is very light but super fulling. You can easily find jianbing in some small corner of shanghai but the one that i've eaten is around nanjing area.

NOODLE AND WONTON
Price approx 10~20ε…ƒ
AND YEAH other products made from flour and including folding techniques. And above photos are my special pork intestine dry noodle and small wontons from small stall near our hotel which my parents found SUPAAA LOVEEE no need expensive restaurant too enjoy these home foods.

CHINA "WARTEG"
chinese style cafetaria
Price approx 20~30ε…ƒ
OMG my most favorite comfort food. Really taste like my grandma cook. Couldn't remember how many dishes we've tried and everything just never disappointing.

HUOGUO
Chinese style hotpot
Price approx 70-100ε…ƒ
CHINESEEEE crazy spicy hot hotpot in chill night, couldn't get any better right

MILKTEA
Price approx ¥10~30
NAICHAAAAAAA shout out for this instead of water γ…‹γ…‹ so many good milktea even some merchants are from taiwan but china does great job! And i will tell you CHINA BEST 3 MILKTEA YOU HAVE TOO TRY! (Post on progress)

AND THATS A WRAP!
 i didn't really buy many snacks from china because it doesnt really interesting but for you who want to try, you can go to Carefour or walmart for giant choices of local food and snack or if you have no time just check out their local convenient mart, mostly family mart or "allday".

Hope this post help you who want to go or plan to come to shanghai
Love,

HJ♡


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