A last weekend in Shanghai before we head to a warmer climate (Australia – in three weeks). We did a couple of touristy things – one a complete waste of time (when will I learn that China does not to Christmas well, no matter how hard they try?!!), and the other a fabulous, giant’s view of Shanghai.
Our first stop was Superbrand Mall for a hunt for Santa Claus. We saw him there in 2010 and haven’t seen him there since. So we ate lunch there instead – which now just means crayons and drawing on placemats while we wait for food.
We then headed back to our hotel for a nap before taking two not 100% healthy kids to Pudong to see a “recreation of an Austrian Christmas village”. It was the only one on this weekend (next weekend is the weekend to be in Shanghai for Christmas stuff) and it was, in a word, lame. Oh, so lame.
It took forever for us to get there (lesson learned: saying where the closest Metro station is does not mean the metro station is close), we were the only people there, we drank overpriced, and really terrible mulled wine, and looked at about ten stalls that sold, well, I can’t even remember what. But at least we made the effort.
The next morning was a bit better. We went for a walk through autumn colours to the Urban Planning Museum to see a scale model of Shanghai, as well as images of Old and New Shanghai. It was something we planned to do for years and are glad we finally got there.
Then it was back to the hotel to kill some time before coming back to Suzhou. These images look a little more relaxed that was the reality…
I’m now home with two children who are a little bit under the weather but not really enough to warrant the oldest staying home. Which means lots of fighting for Mama’s attention and bugging each other. Yes, Arlo and Galen are at an age and stage where the fighting and annoying has begun. I’m now just waiting for the stage where they can actually play together happily now and then. One day….