17hrs in Shanghai

Hello Loves,

So since my last ‘Guide To Bali’ blog post I have been overwhelmed with requests to create this one. You have asked, and because this platform is 50% you and 50% me, here it is. My 17hr guide to Shanghai!

During our voyage to Bali we had a 17hr layover in Shanghai, most of it being sleep time. We arrived at the Ritz Carlton hotel (review to come) at around 9pm and had to leave for the airport at 2pm the next day… We didn’t have time to spare and wanted to see the best that Shanghai has to offer… in reason.

We woke at 8am and were out the door by 8:30am. Here is where we went and what we did…

  1. We jumped in a cab and headed straight to The Buddha Jade Temple. Entrance cost around $7 and was totally worth it. Built in 1882 this temple was magnificent, so full of history and spirit.
  2. From there we went to the only place we could think… Starbucks! It is right across the street and offered items we could kinda understand. I tried the peach iced tea (it had bits of peach in it), it was DELICIOUS!
  3. Once refreshed, we jumped into another cab and headed to People’s Square. Now let me tell you… this place was BITCH to find! There is a road… much like a highway that you have to pass, so you need to find the underground pathway. Being the idiots we are, we wasted a majority of our time trying to find this golden tunnel. We are so stupid that we had walked passed it about 4 times. It was the subway pathway. Once we worked that out, it was smooth sailing. We walked into a gorgeous open space that houses Shanghai’s municipal government buildings.
  4. Then back in the cab (for the final time) to The Bund. We witnessed the most fantastic view of Shanghai with their famous Oriental Pearl Tower in prime view…. oh and our hotel. The most amazing thing though, what we stared at for hours (not really… but a long time), was the never ending cargo boats carrying various types of materials.
  5. Once we were ready to go we jumped on a ferry! Now if you know China, you know everything is a race, so just be careful. This ferry cost around 50ยข and transported us back across The Bund towards our hotel.
  6. We weren’t ready to go just yet so we went to The Oriental Pearl Tower. No we didn’t go up… but only because we wanted to see tower, and you can’t see it if your in it!
  7. From there we walked back to our hotel (The Ritz Carlton), freshened up in the room… yes we got a late checkout (for 1pm) and took our bags down to the lobby for concierge to hold.
  8. Now we were lucky, as attached to our hotel is IFC Mall. This mall is so glam, with every designer label you could imagine, but to be honest we weren’t interested in shopping (even though I tried on numerous pairs of shoes), we were here to eat. Where did I eat, you may ask? PIZZA EXPRESS!!! Yes! If your a Brit then you probably go to Pizza Express once a week. Now be a Brit that has moved away and hasn’t gone back home in 2 years! I had to get my Pizza Express on. Oh yeah baby.
  9. Once 2pm on the dot came, we quickly got our bags jumped in a cab and sped off to the airport.
  10. Now let me tell you, Shanghai Pudong airport SUCKS BALLS! Unless you want to eat more Chinese food the only thing on offer is Starbucks (which is awesome but I was over it). So I highly recommend eating before you get there.


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xoxo Fil

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  1. November 21, 2016 / 2:35 am

    So cool that you went to Shanghai. It’s such an impressive city!


  2. November 21, 2016 / 4:09 am

    I was living in Shanghai few years ago and I miss this city so much! I felt so nostalgic when I was reading your post! Glad you had enjoyed it even for a short time!


    • filipajackson
      November 23, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      That is so cool, I would love to visit with you… I bet you know some amazing places

      Filipa xxx
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  3. Julia R
    November 21, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Wow! Sounds like a hectic 17 hours (and as a Brit in France, I totally get you with Pizza Express- now dreaming of garlic dough balls!).
    I love this yellow top on you – such a gorgeous look!
    Julia x

  4. November 21, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Filipa, you are such a natural beauty, girl! I said this already on IG, but I’ll say it again, that color looks gorgeous on you! You guys did a lot in such a short period of time, that’s awesome! My hubby most likely would’ve wanted to sleep in and that would’ve thrown everything off, haha, it ALWAYS happens to us! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best week ahead!



    • filipajackson
      November 23, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Oh my thank you so much babe. No shame in sleeping in, that can be fun too *winkwink

      Filipa xxx
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  5. Siffat Haider
    November 21, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Sounds like your trip was short and sweet! My parents have been to Shanghai a ton of times and have such great things to say. I have your page bookmarked for when I go ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. November 21, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    You look effortlessly gorgeous doll. You don’t need to wear make up. Gosh, you’re SO gorgeous already! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Keep us posted on IG!
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving week!
    Much love, Len

  7. November 22, 2016 / 3:26 am

    hahah Shanghai Beijing these big cities can be quite time consuming (and crowded) to navigate! I’m glad that you found it ok! Devo need to check out your Bali post as well! Cus I am going to Bali soon!

    xx Margaret

    • filipajackson
      November 23, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Haha, I had such a blast. Omg you will have so much fun in Bali! Can’t wait to see your pics

      Filipa xxx
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  8. November 22, 2016 / 5:36 am

    Sometimes having a limited time in one place makes that time more precious! Sounds like your short trip was a good one! Love the effortless and chic look! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  9. November 22, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Wow! I really love your outfit, you look amazing! The top is my favorite!


  10. November 22, 2016 / 10:59 am

    i’m saving this if i ever end up having a layover in Shanghai. on another note, how STUNNING are you? that top is just beautiful!!

    xx Melis

  11. Amy-Anne Williams
    November 23, 2016 / 7:28 am

    These photos are so beautiful, I really adore them all!

    Little Moon Elephant

  12. November 23, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun. That’s great. Lovely outfit you have on.

    Inez | My Small World

  13. November 23, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Filipa I am always so jealous of your skin- you have one of the most beautiful skin tones I’ve ever seen! You look fantastic in this yellow top ๐Ÿ™‚ Shanghai sounds amazing and I really miss pizza express now haha

    Rachel xx


  14. November 23, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    What a gorgeous outfit. You look so beautiful babe in that yellow top…great post hun…xoxo, Neha


  15. November 24, 2016 / 3:33 am

    Wow, I love the laid back vibes and that gorgeous gorgeous top! ๐Ÿ™‚

    XoXo Noma

  16. Marta
    November 24, 2016 / 6:07 am

    Shanghai sounds very cool! You look stunning in this adorable outfit, perfect for comfy travelling! Really love that top! Have a great rest of the week:)

  17. November 24, 2016 / 6:11 am

    This sounds like such an amazing mini-trip! The Oriental Pearl Tower is meant to be amazing, you’re so lucky you got to go! You look amazing in this outfit and your skin is gorgeous! x

    |Georgia Megan|

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