In November 2004 we started the journey to bring a baby home from China ... five years later, in October 2009, we met Isobel Pingqin.
Our little livewire known as Izzy.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nanchang to Shanghai

Today was a day of mixed emotions – leaving Nanchang and our wonderful guide, Karen, to head for Shanghai.  Nanchang had grown on us over the last 8 days but we were all keen to move on.  Words can’t describe the crazy traffic in Nanchang, it truely has to be experienced.

We had no idea what Shanghai would be like, we thought it would perhaps be similar to Nanchang but maybe more fast pace.

Our flight was great and Izzy went well on her first plane ride.  There were 18 families from Spain on our flight with their new babies, as well as the four families in our group.

The ride from the airport to our hotel was filled with oohhs and ahhs – SHANGHAI IS AMAZING!  We have only been here a few hours and we know we already love it.  I can’t express in an email how amazing this place is.  As tired as we were when we got to our hotel around 5pm, we went out walking the streets until the shops shut at 10pm.

I THINK WE ARE IN SHOPPING HEAVEN.  We should have come here instead of Hong Kong for our first few days.  Shopping will be hard to fit in around Izzy’s sleep times but they are open until 10pm so I can always head out after she is asleep.  We are so excited about being in Shanghai.  Peter and I don’t think 6 days is long enough here – there are so many things we want to do.

The size of Shanghai is incredible.  Makes Sydney seem so small.  The freeway structures that we saw on the ride in from the airport were like nothing else.  I can’t wait to get out tomorrow and explore and see more.

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