We had a change of circumstance while packing out of our room yesterday. Our driver quit on us so we were waiting for the concierge to find new travel arrangements. We got the news that our visas were cleared to enter China.
We are in Shang hi, China and staying at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund. We had dinner in our room then shared the spa tub until our skin began to wrinkle. We gave each other a massage then went to bed and got all dirty again.
The Peace is a restored pre-communist era hotel overlooking the one of the rivers and Nanjing Road.
It might rate as one of the most beautiful hotels that I've stayed in.
We hung around the area. Went shopping for clean dress clothes so we don't look like a couple of over aged street urchins then went out to explore a nearby museum. Much of the population speaks English and many of the people in the streets are Westerners. I feel like I am in New York, London or Paris.
We had High Tea when we got back to the hotel then later dined in the Dragon Phoenix and then went to The Jazz Bar to relax. This is so opposite of the trip we had planned but this will change when we head out to the Fujian Provence later this week. I want to visit some people that I met when I traveled with a friend who is a tea buyer and collector. We'll be hiking quite a bit.