There are so many superlatives for San Francisco, they can’t all fit in 1 post. So here is the continuation from Part 1 of the 2016 Best of San Francisco By Billy Awards!
If there’s any city known for its views, it’s San Francisco.
Shanghai and Beijing were the major destinations on my 2015 trip to China. Out of my 3 day trips, I was really impressed with Nanjing. Hangzhou has 2 must-sees: West Lake and Lingyin Temple. Tianjin isn’t the most exciting place (although getting a great Italian dinner in Italian Style Town is worth the 30-minute train ride from Beijing). In Nanjing, you get a bang for your yuan.
In the early afternoon, I left the Forbidden City through the northern Gate of Divine Prowess knowing that it would be incredibly hard to top that experience. Nonetheless, I still had a whole lot of Beijing to see. I hopped the bus outside the Forbidden City and wound through the streets of Beijing. One thing about Beijing, things that may look close on the map can be much further apart. Beijing is vast. At a mere 21.5 million, it’s China second city in population after Shanghai (and the world’s 3rd largest). But it covers more than 2 1/2 times the area of Shanghai. So in a couple ways, I guess it’s LA to Shanghai’s New York, as well as being China’s DC.
It was such a relief to stay in Shanghai for the day rather than taking another day trip. Because my arrival in Shanghai was delayed a day and I was departing for Beijing the next afternoon, this was my only full day in Shanghai. And full it was, a complete tour of central Shanghai.
I started the day in People’s Park, directly across from the hotel. People’s Park and adjacent People’s Square, where I wandered looking for my hotel late on Night 1, were built on the former site of a British racecourse for horse racing. Such an establishment was way to Western and decadent for the Communists, so it was demolished after they seized power in 1949.