I know that sometimes air travels can be very stressful, especially long distance flights that require connecting flights and transits. Any of these unwanted situations could happen: unforeseen long delays, cancellation, missing flight, mishandled baggage... just to name a few. Well, in my recent Christmas trip, I almost had them all in one go!
Ideally, KL and I were supposed to fly to Jeju via Shanghai for couple of hours layover while waiting to change planes. Unfortunately, a terribly long delay happened in our first flight from Singapore to Shanghai which trapped us in Singapore Changi Airport for more than 9 hours. It caused us had to spend a night sleeping in the waiting room instead of plane. That night I was very tired and I dozed off inside of the airport's waiting room, literally sleeping on the couch, with a backpack as my pillow—an encounter I've never imagined I would involved. However, it wasn't a pleasant experience at all.
Sad to say, the drama didn't stop there. This trip almost made us lost our luggage as well because of the missing transfers—thank God it didn't happen. When we arrived in Shanghai Pudong Airport at around 2.30pm, we couldn't catch any same-day flight to Jeju since the latest available flight was going to board at 3pm. I felt beyond upset once I knew that we had to waste a night again. The worst part was because we've already booked Teddy Valley Hotel, the one and only hotel I was looking forward to during Jeju trip, for that night. Running into an unexpected adventure was very taxing on the head, indeed.
After some foods in Chenghuang Temple, we went for a little shopping at Nanjing Road. According to Wikipedia (lol), Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai and is one of the world's busiest shopping streets. It was crowded even at rainy night! This flourishing commercial street has everything you would expect from a shopping district: fashion, make-up, movies, foods, etc.
Our last destination was Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Huangpu River is an icon and epitome of Shanghai because it offers a collection of the best city landscape of Shanghai across the river. The weather got windier by night and huge river seemed to be a bad idea to visit during strong wind. However, I still enjoyed this last stop because this place, by far, was the most wonderful scenery in Shanghai. I took this one last picture from our mini trip and swear to myself that someday, somehow, I will visit this place one more time. Not by dint of missing flights again, of course, hopefully.
Check out my travel vlog below:
- City God Temple of Shanghai (Chenghuang Temple)
Renmin Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200010
- Nanjing Road
Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
- Huangpu River