I finally did it! I’ve been talking Asia for so long that now it came true. I went all the way to Shanghai & Hong Kong to discover two very different sides of China. Shanghai was more of a historical experience. Visiting Old Shanghai and Yu Gardens was exactly how we viewed China in the movies of Bruce Lee or Karate Kid when we were young. The culture is so rich, I didn’t understand a word but you can see how people really are proud of their own identity. It was really funny how they viewed us as so very beautiful human beings because we were so different to what they are used to see, in some cities they rarely see international tourists so when they bump into you, they even ask for pictures sometimes. The food, I would only eat BBQ pork Dim Sums, I’m sorry, I just loved them.
Places to visit? Historically: Yu Gardens, Old Shanghai, Xin Tian Di, and Tian Zi Fang.
Places to eat? El Willy, Hakkasan, Mercato, Mr & Mrs Bund, Everywhere in the BUND and Xin Tian Di.
Place to dance and with a view? Definitely has to be Bar Rouge.
Hong Kong on the other hand was my favorite. It is so very like New York, fast-paced, advanced, metro life, professional. I fell in love with this place. The first day when I arrived to the W Hotel, I couldn’t go out until the next morning, there was no need to. I said to myself, this is home. I felt so welcomed to this place, the vibe was so young, fresh and the view on the rooftop pool was to die for. I was lucky enough to capture the entire sunset and sip some bellini in the water. The malls, are for real hardcore shoppers, if you don’t consider yourself one, don’t try them!
Touristic places to visit should be the beautiful view and restaurants at Victoria Peak where you can see the whole city from over 500 meters off ground from the tram station. Also, the crazy streets of endless bars in Lan Kwai Fong is a must. The upward and downward labyrinth streets at Soho are crazy with an amazing shopping experience near the financial district.
I went to have dinner to this amazing restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, right next to our hotel. The restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin Stars, it’s called Tosca and it has an exquisite Italian cuisine.
As some of you already saw, I ended this great trip in a happy place, Hong Kong Disneyland! This was by far my favorite city and I was so excited to show you guys how totally worth it China and Hong Kong could be.