18.08.2011 - 19.08.2011 32 °C
Now only three of us. It seems strange without everyone. the Anting Villa Hotel was is very colonial and just the ideal experience to stay in the French concession. No wifi though. But wired connections available if you had a laptop. We had not bargained for smoking in the bars so did not stay out too long. Finally found the egg/crepe breakfast being cooked on the street around the corner of the hotel with the hottest chilli sauce - why can't we have these in Chinese restaurants in the UK?
Took the maglev to the airport, but slightly disappointed as max speed of 312km/h was similar to the bullet train from Beijing. I'm sure it used to travel at 400km/h. After feeding ourselves White Rabbit milk candy we headed to Xin Tian Di which felt less glamorous than two years earlier. Was it us, or has XTD become less exciting?
Fortunately, the sun appeared on our last full day and the views from the top of the bottle opener were fantastic and even enjoyed by the verigo sufferers.
Shopping was a little stressful as business is clearly quiet, and the fun of haggling went out the window when we were dragged back to one market stall. However, we were pleased to find the tailor I'd used a couple of years earlier, and he even delivered our shirts to our hotel on our last night. What great service.