|We disembarked the boat at 8.30am, boarded yet another coach and headed to Wuhan for our last internal flight to Shanghai. Wuhan turned out to be another modern Chinese city with forests of tower block flats, most of which seemed to be empty or still under construction. We had lunch at another of the large restaurants in the city centre but it was a bit different this time as each table group was in their own room. A lot nicer in many ways but the same scramble to get a reasonable share of the better dishes.
We had an hour free after lunch to explore a nearby shopping complex but it was very Western like & not particularly interesting. Viv & I went off to look at the nearby river. Once we were all back on the coach for the drive out to the airport it soon became apparent that our driver was having trouble getting out of the city. There was a lot of roadworks going on with several diversions & we kept making U turns & going back on ourselves. We did eventually make it to the airport but had to hustle a bit to get checked in & through security.
It was about 5pm by the time we took off for the 1 & 1/2 hr flight to Shanghai so we our dinner tonight was a snack meal on the flight. Once we landed it was back on another coach & off to our hotel. However our local guide, Charlie(?), took us on a detour to see the spectacular lights along the Shanghai riverside. We got the chance to get off the coach & wander around for a while mixing with the crowds of tourists. The buildings were really spectacular with a mixture of old & modern, all lit up with some very colourful displays. Even the boats on the river were covered in lights. Quite lovely.
Finally made it to our hotel for another late night arrival but yet another five star hotel & we got a room on the 28th floor this time. Another one with a glass wall between the bedroom & bathroom And, yes, a TV at the end of the bath.