There are some cities that are welcoming and almost familiar even though it may be your first time there. Shanghai is not one of them. As soon as you arrive, you will likely feel like you’ve just been tossed into the deep end of a pool. This may have a lot to do with the fact that all street signs are in Mandarin and much of the internet is restricted here. But as you bid a reluctant farewell to Google, social media, internet based navigational tools and familiar foods, you can’t help but slowly be seduced by the uniqueness of it all. This unfamiliarity is the stuff that makes travel so enchanting after all.
If you cannot bear to be disconnected from the internet as you know it, you can use your mobile phone data plan. We tend to avoid this since international roaming data rates offered by Indian telecom companies are ridiculously high.
You should know that our trip to Shanghai was a work one. Ordinarily, work trips don’t really qualify as vacations but this particular sojourn to Shanghai, had its fair share of pleasure mixed with business. While we didn’t get to explore the city in the most in-depth way, we certainly experienced the highlights. And what blindingly beautiful, electric highlights they were.