Direct translation of Shanghai: "above" and "sea"

Shanghai: “above” and “sea”

The day after I arrived to China we headed out to do some real sightseeing. We visited quite a lot of different places but the main attraction points were: the Old Town with Yu Garden, the Bund, Nanjing rd and French Concession.

And if I had to describe Shanghai in only three words, I think these are the ones that suit the city the best:




  • Westernised – Before even coming to China I was told that Shanghai is a modern city but I didn’t expect to find a city that looks so similar to any other Western city. Here, you can probably find any store you wanted (starting with Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabanna, Apple, and finishing with all the fast food restaurants) and the only thing that reminds you that your in China is the Chinese language. I am somehow even used to see so many Chinese people as well, probably because we have a lot of Chinese students at Nottingham University 🙂 Also, the western look makes more sense when you look at Shanghai’s history: for about a hundred of years different areas of the city (also called concessions) were occupied by British, American, French and even Russian people, which gives the city a specific/unique look.
Apple Store in Shanghai China Photo
  • Clean – I certainly didn’t expect to find the city so clean! The majority of streets are cleaned three times a day and in the main areas you can’t see almost any rubbish. And I’d say that it’s much cleaner than some of the famous cities in Western Europe that I’ve been to.
Crossroad in Shanghai China Photo
  • Huge – no other word than that! Population: ~23,000,000 (“Shanghai has an officially registered population of 14 million but, according to estimates, is also home to 9 million migrants”, compared to ~3,000,000 people living in the ENTIRE Lithuania), area: 7,000  km(which is more than 1/10 of Lithuania). It took us about an hour to reach the school where I work (driving by car on highways) but it’s still considered as Shanghai!
Then in the evening, after a very long walk we became hungry and started looking for a Chinese restaurant where we could eat. There were too many people at that time so we decided to go to a Japanese restaurant instead.
 Restaurant in Shanghai China Photo 
Restaurant in Shanghai China Photo
I will be honest, I’m not very fond of mussels or shrimps, but I decided to take risk so I order a “Spicy Japanese seafood hot-pot”…
Restaurant in Shanghai China Photo
And… it was absolutely amazing! I was surprised by myself but I finished as much as I could, including all the seafood that was in there (such as mussels, shrimps, some fish and some squid legs). The name of the restaurant is Ajisen Ramen and I highly recommend it to everyone!


And, sadly, I’m off to bed now but I’ll tell more about Shanghai tomorrow.. The worst thing is that Lithuania is playing against Serbian in the Finals of U19 World Basketball Championship and I won’t be able to see it.. But I hope to wake up and see some very good news!

Good luck to Lithuania!


And see you soon!