China Trip: Day 7 – Shanghai

June 18, 2007

China, Travel Adventures

After a nice dinner, we drove to Shanghai and arrived at our hotel in the evening. Here are a couple of pics of our front lobby.

Love the fountains…

And the lily arrangement…

Since we knew we only had one day left before leaving, and we’d acquired quite a few goodies along the way, it was time to do some luggage shopping. There was no way it was all going to fit in the suitcase I brought with me! Luckily, our hotel was only a 10-minute walk away from the main commercial shopping strip in Shanghai. We walked down to a department store since we had about an hour before the stores closed. I went up to the luggage department and was pretty bummed at first.

The prices were all far higher than I was willing to pay – around $100 USD+. Just couldn’t bring myself to spend that kind of money for a piece of luggage I didn’t really need except to ship a few items home. As I left the department, I ran into one of my fellow tour mates. I told her my dilemma and she said for me to go right back to the department with her. Lucky for me, she spoke fluent Chinese. She explained the situation to an associate and after about five minutes of going back & forth, the associate brought me to a large piece of luggage that was perfect for my needs. Not only was my friend able to negotiate a 30% discount, but they also took another 100 yuan off the price! All in all, I was able to purchase it for around $40 USD. Not bad for something that started over $100. It’s times like those when I wish I could speak more foreign languages. *LOL*

So the next trick was trying to get this huge piece of luggage back to the hotel. My friend Sean was kind enough to tote it back almost the whole way (since we had decided to walk instead of get a taxi). I picked up a few other items at the department store but can’t say what they were since a few folks reading this might be getting them as future gifts!

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