"Bustling Shanghai, with its modern buildings along the Bund and steps away from traditional tea houses and Chinese open markets, it has something for everyone. Shanghai and much like most of China is an exotic treat to all of the senses."
With as big as China is, it's impossible to really get a sense of the sheer size and variety it offers. Even in Shanghai, I couldn't help but feel like there was still much to be seen. Nonetheless, a long 16-hour flight from New York later, I was literally on the other side of the world. Pretty impressive how far air travel has come if you think about it. Shanghai was interesting, as its traditional roots sometimes directly clash with the money and modern aspirations the city has. I'm not sure if that is a good thing necessarily. While not the cheapest of Chinese destinations, it's still a bargain if you are willing to venture that far. To be fair, if I was going to go back, I would probably pick a flight with a layover in SFO or something, I found 16 hours on a plane a bit brutal. You run out of stuff to think about, movies to watch, etc.
The Great Wall of China
As with most my trips, they are very short in length. We had this crazy idea to take a day trip to see the Great Wall of China in Beijing. Surprisingly affordable, but man flying over and driving over there, taking some photos and literally dashing back to catch the last flight back was insane and I do not recommend it, ha ha! Stay a few days in dusty Beijing, take a leisurely approach to the wall. I don't regret going nonetheless, the Great Wall, at any of its vantage points is super impressive and totally worth it. Some of my favorite photos from my trip to China came from visiting the Wall at Badaling.
From what I've been told, Badaling is supposedly the least impressive of the vantage points of the Great Wall. It was fine for me, maybe we are easily impressed. I didn't find it too crowded and it was easyish to get to. My favorite photo of the trip was of the guy reading his paper with his back to one of the most amazing views on the planet!