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Lookbook: Rainy Days in Shanghai

Hello my loves! I’ve had such a busy but fulfilling week so far and today I’ll be going to a very exciting meeting! I can’t say anything about it yet because I’m not sure what will come out of it but I’m super excited and I can’t wait to share it with you all when the time is right. This year has truly turned out to be such a blessing and I must thank each and every single one of you for it because without you, there would be no me today! πŸ™‚ In order to thank you all for your undying love and support, I’ll be doing another giveaway on the blog which will be up on Friday so make sure you watch this space! πŸ™‚

If you’ve read my travel posts during my time in Shanghai, you’ll know that it literally poured the first few days we were there. If you want to catch up,Β click here to read my first post on Shanghai. Their summers are tropical so one can expect lots of humidity and rain during summer. After spending the first night in Shanghai and it rained pretty much none stop, which caused major flooding in and around the city, we decided to stay in most of the morning to explore Lanson Place Jin Qiao and to take some photos. Of course it allowed me to do some work and to catch up on some emails, which I didn’t mind at all.

In the master bedroom, there was a massive window with the most exquisite lighting for photos, as you can see, I couldn’t resist! Plus it made an excellent work space because there were big cushions by the windowsill and plenty of space to relax, so I guess what was missing was a cup of tea. πŸ™‚

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What I’m wearing:Β 

Total look by Top Shop

With love…xxx

LoveMaryLu for Lanson Place Jin Qiao - Travel

LoveMaryLu for Lanson Place Jin Qiao

Hi everyone! If you follow me on social media and especially Snapchat, you probably know that I was away during the past week in Shanghai, China. To give you a little background, my family was originally from there and in Shanghai, they have their own dialect, but it was never spoken at home so I can’t speak or understand much of it. The last time I visited Shanghai was about 10 years ago, so this year I decided that it was time I returned for another visit to go back to my roots. πŸ™‚ Essentially, I was a tourist there because I didn’t know where anything was but luckily I had a friend that was visiting Shanghai from South Africa too, plus I can speak Mandarin so communication wasn’t an issue for me. I’ll be writing a series of posts about my visit to Shanghai including a review of the 2 hotels which accommodated me during my stay in Shanghai and the city in general, some tips and so fourth.

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I was in Shanghai for a total of 5 nights and the first 2 nights, I stayed at Lanson Place Jin Qiao, which was a serviced apartment (pretty much the same as a hotel). The residence belongs to the same hotel group that accommodated us during our stay in Hong Kong,Β click here to read my review. The major part of Shanghai is separated by the West and East side of the HuangPu River which runs through the city. The hotel which we stayed at for the first 2 nights is located on the East side of the HuangPu River, which is the same side as the airport. Due to our delay at the Hong Kong airport, we only arrived at the residence late into the evening.

One thing I MUST comment on is the scent of the reception as you step into the residence, it smells exactly like the Lanson Place in Hong Kong and since I had such great memories during my stay at Lanson Place in Hong Kong, I automatically felt welcomed and at homeΒ when I stepped into Lanson Place Jin Qiao in Shanghai.

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The residence is conveniently located right opposite a shopping mall filled with shops and restaurants and also one street away from the metro station. It rained continuously for the first 2 days we were there but I didn’t mind because the residence was so beautifully decorated on the inside, I could spend countless hours downstairs cuddling with a book on the couch in the numerous lounges the residence offers. The lounge was my favourite part of the residence as it boasts wall to wall shelves of luxurious books, with fictions, non-fictions and magazines that cover almost every topic.Β There were also numerous books on traveling, which made me leaving the residence to explore the greater city of Shanghai even more difficult than it already is. There were also shelves of DVD’s to choose from to make staying indoors ever-more-bearable especially on those rainy days.

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The apartment unit that we stayed in was equally impressive because it was spacious and modern. The best part is that it felt like home; it was cosy and comfortable, like how a home should be. Our unit had 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room conjoined with the lounge area and a balcony, which was obviously too big for just E and I, but we didn’t mind because that just means we can walk around freely without bumping into each other. πŸ™‚ As expected, the residence is well-kept, clean (very important for me) and the amenities provided ensure that you’re well taken care of during your stay.

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Eventually when the rain does stop, the residence boasts a beautiful and enchanting garden, perfect for picnics and lunches when the sun comes out. Luckily on our last day, it stopped raining so we could explore the garden area at Lanson Place.

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The main difference between a typical hotel and a serviced residence is that there are no restaurants in the serviced residence. Breakfast is typically served during the weekday from 7am to 10am downstairs in the lounge area. It was a continental breakfast buffet that had a variety of fruits, yogurts, cereals, cold meats, cheeses and breads to offer. The best part about Shanghai is that food is readily available pretty much everywhere, the fact that the residence is located right opposite a mall makes eating out even more convenient. However, if you would much prefer to eat in then I’m sure the kitchen will come in handy and ordering food over the phone from various restaurants is easy and convenient in Shanghai.

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One of the perks in staying at Lanson Place Jin Qiao is that there are still reception and concierge services on the ground floor so if you ever need tourist information or you need a cab, the friendly staff downstairs are always willing to help. Typically, these serviced residences cater for those who are looking for a long-term rental such as months or even a year, which explains why it’s less busy with people going in and out constantly compared to a hotel.

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Lastly, a services residence or a hotel isn’t complete without a gym for me. Lanson Place Jin Qiao offers a full equipped gym which is accessible to all the guests staying at Lanson Place, as long as the guest has an access card. I couldn’t help myself but to use the facilities of course, just because I’m on holiday, doesn’t mean that I can’t be at gym doing my exercise. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed my post and found my review helpful, if you find yourself in Shanghai one day. Make sure you check back for my other Shanghai posts! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

With love…xxx