There are worse things in life than flying coach. At the moment, I can't think of any of them. I did everything I could to get United, Air New Zealand, and the island nation of French Polynesia to upgrade my ticket from coach to business for the AKL-PPT-AKL legs.
Some may say argue that a 12 hour layover in Auckland necessitates leaving the airport. Since I was returning to Auckland and since I had been traveling like a madman, I decided to spend my half day in the Air Zealand Koru Lounge catching up on life. The first thing I had to do was get an adapter as New Zealand has the weird crooked triangle outlet that my dated adapter does not support.
You're in for a treat on this flight. I skipped writing another review on the Air China Business Class Lounge Shanghai because it was just as I left it, full of patrons peddling for pasta. Instead, I'm going to focus on the sleekest Dreamliner I've ever flown, the Air New Zealand Black Mamba.
Shanghai is the best city in the world. I cannot definitively tell you why I think so. There's just something special about it. It has a unique energy and diversity that I have yet to encounter anywhere else in the world. Curiously, what I love most about Shanghai is that there isn't a lot to do. Days consist of either going to the Fabric Market or recovering from the night before. And it is the latter point that this post will focus on.
The Grand Hyatt Shanghai must get sick of living in the shadow his younger brother, the Park Hyatt. That is literally the case here as the size and stature of the Grand Hyatt which is in the Jin Mao building is dwarfed by the Park Hyatt which is in the World Financial Center.
TPOL is the best bargainer. Period. That's the attitude you need when you enter the tailor market at Liujiubang Lu. There's nothing more fun than spending a Saturday afternoon picking out shirts, suits, and button combinations. Sometimes the suits end up looking like something from Star Trek.
Shanghai is my favorite city in the world. It also is home to some of the best hotels in the world. One of my new favorite hotels is Twelve at Hengshan which is part of the SPG Luxury Collection. It's located in the French Concession right next to the metro station.
This post is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities: NYC JFK Dubai, UAE Shanghai, China Papeete, Tahiti Bora Bora, Tahiti Moorea, Tahiti Auckland, New Zealand Hong Kong Island Tokyo,...