As well as going on holiday a lot I also travel regularly with my job. This has taken all around the world in the past six years, and I love every minute of exploring new places, and getting to eat all of the local food.
I’ve never been to China before so I was excited and nervous in equal measure to have my first trip there. I had the impression it would be really difficult to communicate (although Japanese knowledge helped with some reading). I also thought it would be really austere. On arrival in Shanghai I found that is not the case.
Shanghai lives on its memories of times past. It was the trade center of the country before the Second World War, meaning it was a melting pot of different people bringing international influence and cultures. It was also the place people came to have a good time. The old part of the city around The Bund waterfront is full of Art Deco buildings, the famous Peace Hotel, and so many jazz clubs.
Shanghai Old Street retains the look of a traditional shopping street, and shops sell all the standard tourist stuff. I had tea and dim sum at a traditional style tea house.
Close to the Old Street is the City God Temple of Shanghai, which is dedicated to three city Gods. The temple was crowded with people stopping to visit the smaller shrines dedicated to different aspects of life, from health to literature. The
Shanghai has the most iconic skyline. The Pearl TV tower is one of the most recognisable buildings in China. There’s hoards of tourists along the The Bund every evening, and I even saw some couples having their wedding photos taken with the buildings serving as a dramatic backdrop. This modern business district is in such contrast to the traditional stone buildings they face just across the river.
While in Shanghai I got to wander around in new outfits from
Fashion World and somehow managed to fit in with the feel of the city while I was at it.
This gives us an insight into what I wear to travel. You have to be comfortable at all times if you’re going to be sat down for a long period of time. So I go for soft fabrics, like stretchy jeans and my Choose Love tshirt. I also had a cardi on under this, as I always either get too warm or too cold when I travel so find lots of layers is the best idea. My new jacket and shoes added some chic. I love the wool jacket, it was like a dressing gown that I could wrap around me and tie closed. Just so cosy and perfect because I always get cold on flights.
I went out in the French Concession which is famous for it’s European architecture, and shopping. There’s loads of advertising, products and souvenirs featuring glamorous Chinese women in cheongsam from Shanghai’s heyday
After taking this photo I realised the woman in the picture on the right is wearing a dress similar to mine!
The French Concession is also home to Fuxing Park, dating back to the early 1900s. It’s a really beautiful space, but unfortunately it was throwing it down during my visit so I didn’t get o spend much time walking around.
I love that this dress has the perfect vintage vibe for the city, and I didn’t even plan it when I ordered it.
It’s a city with so many contrasts and such an international feel. I was only there for a few days but I’d love to go back again and explore some more.
The outfits in this post were provided in collaboration with Fashion World