In the Spring of 1991, my childhood friend, Cheryl met me in Hong Kong, where she spent the last of my three week business trip with me, and from there, we began our China adventure to the cities of Shanghai, Beijing and the ancient capital, Xian. I kept a very detailed journal from start to finish of my awesome journey, nearly twenty-five years ago, and decided this would make a great travel series for Travelin' Cousins. Over the course of the next two months, I will post chronological segments of my journal on my respective Throwback Thursdays. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed re-living my trip! - Elisa
Friday May 17, 1991
So last we left off, Cheryl and I had landed in Shanghai on Friday May 17, 1991 and were waiting in the airport for our China Discovery tour guide to meet us and begin our tour. A man with a red pin on his wrinkled white shirt approaches us and asks if we are on a tour. We say, "Yes." and he says "Come with me." We look at each other before we moved , as if to say, "Is this guy for real?"
We joined two other people on our tour in the lobby for our first night's dinner in Shanghai. Janice and Andrew, both 34, live in Hong Kong but are originally from London. We all headed up to Nan Jing Road to the Friendship Store Plaza where we had dinner on the 5th Floor. It was a typical Chinese dinner - fish, duck, vegetables, dumplings, and pork with peanuts. Not much for me to eat, as a vegetarian, but as always, I made the best of it.
As we were pretty beat, Cheryl and I decided to just go back to the hotel, with a quick stop at Watson's (a H.K. drug store), which was in the hotel plaza and bought some candy and a notebook to keep our trip journal. And so ended our first night here in Shanghai.