It was Sunday, 20th June 2010. It was our only full day in Shanghai.
First was to get our tickets for the following day’s return trip to Hangzhou. We were lucky that we got the fast D train trip.
We then walked on the opposite direction towards the Bund again (we were there the night before).
It was hazy and hot too, but some people, just like us, were not deterred:
I tried to read the map, to identify the buildings along the street (not in the picture), like this one:
We then decided to walk towards the ferry jetty.
and found the ticket counter:
It was for the ferry service plying between both sides of the river. We decided not to take up any of the touristic cruises (which normally are packaged together with meal/lunch/dinner which are mostly non-halal anyway) and try this local ferry.
It costs 2 yuans per trip, and here’s our ferry:
Inside the ferry:
We arrived at the other side of the river, bought our return tickets and took the same ferry back to where we were initially! 🙂
After the ferry ride, we did a bit more walking, until the heat was just too unbearable that we decided to go back to our hotel.
We only came out again in the evening for another stroll along the famous East Nanjing Street Mall.
It was a very very busy place, being a Sunday evening:
We were looking for the halal restaurant:
Instead we came across a saxophonist who played from one of the balconies facing the mall, while some others danced to his tune:
We did spot the halal restaurant, but since it was still quite early for dinner, we decided to walk further to People’s Park:
I took a quick rest, before walking back to the mall, and headed to the halal restaurant which was on the 10th floor of a building.
A friendly waiter greeted us, and whispered to us that the chicken and ducks are not halal, but mutton and beef are.
So we ordered our dishes, but since it was peak hours, and the restaurant was 3/4 full (I counted the tables, and concluded that it could easily accommodate 30 pax at any time!
When we almost gave up, our dish finally arrived:
After dinner, we walked back to the Bund, and spent some time there before we decided to go back to our hotel.