In just about every way, Shanghai was more interesting than I expected. It was both totally modern and completely ancient and the intersection of old and new made for a dynamic combination.
Looking from the Bund toward Pudong, you get some beautiful views of Shanghai’s modern skyline . . . even on a rainy night. The Bund is Shanghai’s version of Wall Street and there are some beautiful old bank buildings along the waterfront. But at the moment, you can not see the waterfront from the street thanks to all the construction going on for Expo 2010.
The photo here was taken from the Bar Rogue, a cool bar on the Bund that was just a five minute walk from where we stayed. We got there about 11 pm on a Monday night and people were just starting to come in. By midnight, the place was full and the dj was playing some great chill out music. Given the spectacular views inside and out, we decided to stay for a while and sampled the Bar Rogue signature cocktail –a mixture of vodka, Grand Mariner, cranberry juice, raspberry puree, lime juice and a slice of orange. It was so good that I had to have two.