We headed to Sheshan, erg what ended up being Qingpu for a night away from home for our 3rd anniversary. It was a nice break from the cabin fever of CNY (cooped up for 1 wk w/o ayi, snow, or Pizza to go) It was quite in the middle of nowhere, about 10 minutes from the mega mills outlet ("This almost feels like America!). We had a nice lake-side view from our room.
Swimming is awesome when you are 7 months pregnant!!! I felt so weightless! Aaaah. We got burgers, watched some cable TV (another treat), and spent one evening not talking about budget, baby stuff, and work drama. It was great! And the next day we woke up to an awesome brunch, then walked around the lake, only to find an library with English magazines, and we sat reading by the lake- so peaceful! They even had a designy magazine, Surface, alongside the standard, Times, Newsweek, english reads.
In the future, we noted we could take the bus from the end of Line 2 to the hotel- about a 25 minute ride, and pretty much a straight shot, passing the outlets. We also learned that "au ta let ta" Outlets means still really expensive stores, all bunched together with only starbucks, kfc, or MCD's to eat. The newer mall branch had NOTHING to eat. NOTHING. not even a 7-11... and there were about 30 people in line at Starbucks, line out the door and into the cold.
We had a good time! I was glad that baby let me sleep too.