It was 20th June 2010, our final day there.
We started the day by exploring the subway. I have to say exploring, because, after we entered the “Nanjing East” station we had to do a lot of reading/exploring to find out how to purchase the tickets. Luckily the ticket vending machines have the option for “English”.
Turning the medium to English is one thing. The next thing is to identify the stations on the subway map with the map that we had with us. We finally figured out the destination (can’t remember exactly the station name) but we were going to the Shanghai Expo 2010 grounds.
The tickets were 4 yuan one way each. We also had to change trains at one of the stations. After trying the subways in Korea & Tokyo (where we could hardly read the language/signs), I think the Shanghai subway system is pretty modern. One of the lines has new coaches, and it was indicated on the LED screen where we were, with blinking lights!
We decided not to enter the Expo ground because we didn’t have enough time. We also figured out that we came to Shanghai to get to know Shanghai and not to visit booths of other countries, many of which we have visited. We were also informed that the booths/pavilions are so congested that visitors had to queue up for long hours just to enter each of them. If I have 1 whole week in Shanghai, I think I’d come to the expo ground daily and take my own sweet time to savour visit each pavillion/booth.
Here are some pix of me at the Expo grounds.
By the way, did I tell you that they have direct access from the subway station to the expo grounds?
With flags of the participating countries/organisations:
With the Chinese Pavillion as the background:
It looks like my headgear here:
One striking (coloured) billboard:
We came back to the hotel in time to check out, and then we took the subway again to Shanghai South Railway Station.
Shanghai South Railway Station certainly fascinated me! It’s like a huge umbrella. At first look, it could easily be mistaken for an airport!
We thought it might be sensitive to take pictures, so we discretely took a couple pix using our handphones. We however saw some groups actually took their pix, with flash too!
Anyway, here’s me:
The station has a few levels (for departures and arrivals). Even the different types of express trains (I know of T, and D, D being the fastest) have different levels for boarding! Let’s see the tickets again for both types of espress trains:
The centre of departure level, with people going to their respective platforms (which are on a lower level and could not be seen):
It was only a normal Sunday evening. Can you imagine how crowded it would be during the rush for the Chinese?Lunar New Year holidays?
After loitering for a couple of hours, we eventually figured out that our departure was not even on this level. WE had to take the escalator down, and enter the platform form the lower level. Once in the train, it was much more comfy that the train ride 2 days earlier. I politely obliged for a final photo shoot 🙂 :
Less than 2 hours later we arrived at the Hangzhou Station. We took a cab to the airport, and waited for out 11.20pm flight back to LCCT. We arrived in LCCT 5 hours later!
You may want to read my blog on The day before if you’ve not done so.
to be continued…
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