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SHANGHAI - Should I go alone?

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Hello. Last year I made my first trip to the East by going to Hong Kong. I love it and had no problems but of course Hong Kong is very easy for English speaking people. Now I am thinking of going to Shanghai next April. My wife refuses to go so I am going alone. I am fairly healthy and not afraid of foreign places or challenging situations but I don't want to get too far over my head. I understand Shanghai will be more challenging than Hong Kong. I speak no Chinese and yes I know I'm weird but I do not eat any Chinese food or even fish.

The readers here helped me immensely last year by recommending the YMCA Salisbury Hotel in Hong Kong. I would welcome any suggestions for Shanghai. Right now I am leaning towards the Astor House Hotel. I will get the guidebooks and do my research as far as what to see and do but my main question is will I have a hard time there? Can I get by with just English? Can I survive on Subway sandwiches and pizza? Will I have a hard time with the metro? Or just getting around and understanding the bus system? I prefer not to take any tours so will I be able to take day trips to Hangzhou for example without any problems? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.

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