Shanghai Nights

My second flight working in business class took me all the way to Shanghai, China. After leaving Dubai in the middle of the night, we arrived in Shanghai absolutely exhausted! A couple of hours nap in the comfiest bed in the world (on par with the crew hotel in LHR!) soon sorted me out, and I met 3 other crew downstairs in the lobby for a drink.

It was one of the girls’ birthdays so we decided to head out to the Bund for some dinner and drinks. On recommendation from the concierge we chose a place called “Bar Rouge”. When we got there we stopped to admire the gorgeous view across the Huangpu River, including an awesome flower wall!

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It was very busy and full of tourists, nonetheless we managed to get a few pictures!

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Our tummies rumbling, we crossed the road to find our dinner spot. Upon entering we realised that Bar Rouge was exactly as the name suggests, a bar, so went a level down to a restaurant called “Mr & Mrs Bund”. Absolutely stunning views of the Bund, and not to mention the most delicious meal! Highly recommended, although a little pricey.

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I also had the most delicious cocktail which tasted exactly like my mum’s lemon meringue pie!


After our dinner we headed back upstairs to Bar Rouge, where we enjoyed even better views across the river!


The next morning I dragged myself out of bed for some sightseeing. A big group was waiting downstairs so after a quick shower  I threw some clothes on and was ready to go. Our first stop was the Oriental Pearl Tower, which we’d admired the night before.

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We took the lift up to the observation deck, which is around 260 metres high.

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The view from the top was great – you could walk 360 degrees round the tower and see everything. The weather was great as well, although a little hazy (which is probably to be expected in China!)

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We then walked down one floor, to the glass floor observation deck! I’m not usually afraid of heights, but stepping out on to that glass did make my stomach churn a little bit!

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You can walk all around the tower here as well, and it was slightly open at the top, which made it very windy!


After admiring the view from all angles, we headed back downstairs. The others were off to visit the Yu Gardens, but as I’ve already seen them I decided not to join them.

I got a taxi back to the hotel which turned out to be a bit of an adventure in itself when the driver (who didn’t speak a word of English) had to get his map out at every traffic light to find the way there!

Luckily I made it back to the hotel in one piece, ready for a quick snooze before the long flight home.

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  1. Lucie
    September 13, 2015 / 8:41 pm


    glass floor is so scary and amazing at the same time!!! For how many years do emirates fly attendants get a contract?
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 24, 2015 / 8:09 am

      I know right?! The contract is for 3 years but you can leave before that – or renew it automatically if you want to stay on ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ionny
    November 4, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Haha that girl next to you was my batchmate. Small world EK

  3. November 4, 2014 / 3:20 am

    I love reading your blog. Discovered it a few weeks ago. I have now read through all of your posts and can’t wait to read more about your journey. You look like a lovely person who is having the time of her life!
    Keep on blogging ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx Aspiring Emirates Flight Attendant from South Africa ๐Ÿ™‚

    • November 4, 2014 / 10:33 pm

      Really glad you enjoy reading ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re so right, I am definitely having the time of my life! x

  4. Nikรจ
    October 22, 2014 / 11:32 am

    That glass floor looks sooo scary! Don’t think I would’ve been able to pose long enough for a picture ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you getting used to working in Business Class already?

    • October 25, 2014 / 11:08 pm

      It was super scary! I just tried not to look down too much, haha! Yes I almost feel like I know what I’m doing now ๐Ÿ˜€

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