As we reached the exit of the arrival terminal, our guide named Tom (great guy from Great Wall Tours), met us. He spoke good English although I strained just a bit to make out some words. Soon enough, we would find out that a lot of the people you'd meet in China did not speak English. Cab drivers, sales people, restaurant attendants were some of the people whom Jerry had to use his limited Mandarin skills on. So imagine our relief to have English-speaking tour guide and hotel front-desk managers at the Marriott Courtyard in Xujiahui where we were staying at.
Our hotel room was clean and was relatively well-maintained. It was a good choice for us because it was near enough (walking distance) to the commercial area (shopping), if I could brave the chilly weather. :P
The complimentary daily hotel breakfast had an extensive array of food choices but we got mostly the Chinese dimsum for authenticity. Heh... And my, how that pleased my Chinese hubby!
the toilet and bath
the view from our room
two Jerrys on my birthday :)
ready for the day's itinerary