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    Monday 19 September 2011

    Day Thirteen – Goodbye Shanghai

    Today is our last day in the city and of our holidays before our long journey home, which should take around 24 hours. We booked our apartment for an extra day so we could take our time today and not have to check out at noon. We aimed to check out around 7:30pm, as our flight was not due to leave until round 11pm.

    We stayed at the Citadines in Shanghai and it’s bigger sister chain The Somerset in Seoul. The Citadines is a basic apartment style hotel whilst the Somerset does try to recreate that home from home feeling with great amenities. Whilst our apartment in the Citadine was furnished nicely with separate spacious kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom the overall upkeep and appearance was not up to the usual standard of a Citadines. Perhaps we had been spoiled from the Somerset the week earlier.

    We arose early to start the packing before heading out for a last walk around the city. We focused our walk around the Nanjing Road and the Bung. The touts that had been annoying on the first night were now hilarious. We had gotten so used to them, as we loved to annoy them by taking pictures and videos of them, which soon made them flee.

    We checked out around 7:30pm and took the underground to the maglev station. On our return journey the train reached it’s max speed of 431km/h. At that speed the 30km to the airport takes just 8 minutes. We took off from Terminal 2 that was more modern then Terminal 1 that we had arrived into.

    Our flight with Turkish Airlines took off around 11pm, taking 11 hours to arrive into Istanbul for our connection flight back to Dublin in the morning.

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