Seven six-layer days – Day Six
We left Xi’an for the relatively short, two hour, flight to Shanghai, anticipating warmer weather since it is farther south than either Xi’an or Beijing. Imagine our disappointment when we were greeted by pouring rain and cold. We were met by our tour guide, Rainbow. We were further disappointed and sad because we aren’t with the six people who didn’t go to Xi’an. They have their own guide and are touring separately from us. Who would think that we would feel so connected to people we met less than a week ago?
Rainbow immediately started us touring. We went to the famous area along the Huangpu River called the Bund. The word has Persian origins and means embankment or levee or dam. It rhymes with “fund”. This was the International area and still is. It is the financial and commercial center of the city. One can see some new, spectacular buildings. Unfortunately, in the pouring rain, it does lose some of its luster. There was a tiny, little MacDonald’s right there. They are really ubiquitous. Rainbow pointed out some of the famous buildings and equally famous sights. We dutifully peered through the rain and nodded, each of us thinking of a nice warm room at the hotel. I would guess that Rainbow is relatively new as a tour guide. Her presentations seem more like rote than either Brian or Mai.