Stayed in Shanghai

How have you been doing during the holidays called Golden Week in Japan?

My family went sightseeing in Shanghai from the 29th April to 1st May. My hubby has been there on a company trip before, but it was my first visit.
In fact, we had planned to go to Singapore or some countries around and looked for flights and accommodations. However, we had found out that my hubby's schedule would be tight during the holidays and wouldn't afford us enough time. For that reason, we decided to go to Shanghai.

In Shanghai, most of the local people can't understand English. I had trouble communicating with them, but it was so interesting that I could enjoy their culture and life-styles. For example, when a subway train pulled into the station and opened its doors, they didn't wait for passengers who were getting off. Passengers were getting on and off at the same time. What was more, tens of thousands of people were there, so it was like a competitive sport.

At the hotel we stayed, they used English or Chinese, of course. But some of them had strong Chinese accents and they didn't listen to us carefully....Actually, when we checked in, they asked about the type of room such as a room with a double bed. As I had booked a room with a king-sized bed and requested an extra bed for my son in advance, I told them about my confirmation number and I explained that it included breakfast. The receptionist told me it would be fine and I should just sign.

As I had expected, I found out that the price of breakfast for two days was charged when we checked out of the hotel. Fortunately, the receptionist at that time was so kind and spoke English clearly and fluently. Finally, I could communicate and explain the details in English. Thanks to her, I had my money refunded without any trouble.
If I hadn't studied English, I couldn't have dealt with it.....Phew.....

After checking out, I panicked at unexpected happenings......

To be continued....

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