credit: huhuhuhu @raincloudhk
I greeted Rain to Shanghai on 10 August. (see link here) & I said goodbye to Rain at 3.25 pm today, 15 August.
Shanghai was very hot, day time temperature was above 42 C. It was like a drought. But lucky fans were still able to enjoy some rain. Here is a consolidated fan account of these few days.
Many of us greeted Rain but we all lost his whereabouts afterwords. Only a few fans who got information were able to spot him shooting CF late at night until 3 am.
It seemed Rain managed to avoid all of us. He was only spotted by someone at Xintiandi, who wasn’t even a fan.
It was my luck today. I saw Rain having early dinner at Xintiandi with the crew. He sat next to Daniel Henney and he seemed to have a very enjoyable meal. When they came out of the restaurant Rain walked side by side with Daniel from one end of the square to the other end where their car was waiting. He and Daniel were in similar styles. Rain wore the same striped shirt which he had on when he arrived Shanghai for the MCM event, knee length jeans and flip flop. No cap, no sunglasses. Daniel had a tee instead, but also shorts and flip flop, and he had a cap. Rain seemed even a bit taller than Daniel (who is 188cm). Probably this was because Daniel had a cap on.
We followed Rain at a good distance. I guessed he felt safe with this leisurely walk so he even diverted his route to look at a shop on the side of the square, but he quickly returned to join the team again.
When they reached their respective cars, Rain did not get in. He stood there for a while, then talked to a few members, and before we knew what happened, he turned and walked back inside the square, so we were face to face with him. We quickly made way for Rain, and smiled as we saw him walk inside Starbucks!
We could see Rain through the glass windows. He stood in front of a shelf waiting for his order. While waiting, he walked towards the shelf and looked at the goods displayed. I had a feeling that he looked out the window as well and might have noticed fans waiting for him outside. (There were not many).
He then walked over to the entrance door, which was unblocked to allow us to have a good, full view of him. He had in his hand an iced black coffee. I had no idea why he stood there, because everyone going in and out, and everyone outside Starbucks would be able to see him. I guessed this was what he wanted. His prince symptom was at work!
He even opened the door for people who left Starbucks. The most handsome bell boy indeed. He opened the door for two ladies and they thanked him. Later he opened one side of the door for a westerner and his girl friend, but the man pushed the other side of the door and left. Rain mumbled something. I bet he was saying “hey you shouldn’t do that to ME.” It was a most entertaining scene.
Finally Rain came out, and everybody followed. He walked back to the cars again. This time, he got inside his car and we all drove off to the bund.
The shooting was on the roof top of the Bund Historical Museum. I did not stay for this. Some fans had posted their fan accounts already.
I read later shooting finished at about 9.30 pm and our prince and the crew had there second meal again in Xintiandi at another restaurant.
Today was hide and seek and waiting for Godot game.
I heard that Rain filmed at Yu Garden early in the morning, so I decided to go and have a look before I went to work. I was still on the highway at about 8.30 am when I received another piece of information that shooting had already finished at Yu Garden, and that the whole crew was moving to Hongqiao airport.
I gave up and went back to my office. Information was flowing around that shooting was at Hongqiao airport, then at the riverside along Pudong, but it turned out that Rain never left the hotel.
I arrived at the hotel at about 5.30 pm. There were about a dozen or so fans waiting in the hotel lobby. We saw Mr. Kim and some other staff sitting on the sofa. We waited quietly and the clock ticked ever so slowly.
6 pm, 6.30 pm. Mr. Kim left. Later the other staff left. There were only fans in the hotel lobby. But still there was no sight of Rain.
At about 7.30 pm I decided to leave. It’s good that Rain did not have any shooting under the scorching sun today. It would have been too hot and too harsh for him. May be he preferred to just stay in his room and had a rest. May be he would go out for dinner later. Knowing that he was there, not having a hard day was enough for me. As I left the hotel, I wish I had brought some delicious food for him. I was too rushed to leave the office and had not thought about this at all.
But there was McDonalds nearby if he prefers that to the room service meal!
I got information that our Rain was shooting at Pudong airport early in the morning, but it would be too late for me to go there and watch. According to fans, he improvised some very cute expressions. Sorry I could not disclose these – let’s all wait eagerly for the drama!
When I arrived the hotel at about 11 am, I learned that Rain went back to the hotel right after the shooting at about 9 am. There was shooting going on elsewhere in Shanghai but Rain did not leave his room. When it was past 1 pm and I still did not see him come out for lunch, I decided to go and get him some fruits, drinks and snacks. (I heard that yesterday he had had many room services.) Unfortunately the supermarket nearby had very, very limited choice. Sorry, prince.
I really felt uncomfortable waiting in the hotel lobby. There were over 30 fans and the hotel staff began to look at us disapprovingly. I wanted to leave the bag of food with the concierge and go, but they couldn’t find Mr. Kim’s name so they suggested I wait and hand it to him in person…
There was still no sight of Rain or even Mr. Kim at 4 pm. By then we got news that shooting at the Expo will take place from midnight till 6 or 7 am the next morning. Probably our prince decided to stay in the hotel so that his staff could have a rest too. Got your message, dear Rain. So I left my bag of food with a fan and left.
The following was from my friend. She saw Rain’s assistant in the lobby at about 7 pm so she handed him the bag. His eyes opened and when he knew there were also two large plates of water melons in the restaurant fridge he asked my friend if the food could be shared by the staff as well.
Rain finally appeared and left the hotel at about 10 pm for dinner at the same restaurant he went last night. He didn’t go with other actors this time, it was just him and some staff and Mr. Kim, of course. When he returned to the hotel past midnight, he stayed in the hotel lobby and discussed with the crew for about 10 minutes. He lied back on the sofa, with one arm stretched out, and with his other hand playing with his hair in curls. Every now and then he would shoot a glance at the fans who were watching him further away. I wondered if they were trying to think of some contingency plan as shooting at the Expo had to be canceled.
15 Aug.When I knew Rain would leave in the afternoon I decided to see him off. We waited patiently in the hotel lobby. Rain came out at about 2.30 pm. He wore white tee, black trousers and black sandals. He had a cap but no sunglasses. He looked cool as he got into his car.
When we all arrived at the airport, our prince stayed in the car without coming out. There were about 40 of us waiting. After about 20 minutes his assistant came with a number of passports and boarding passes. Mr. Kim also appeared.
Rain got off the car and we followed him as he walked towards the departure gate. Someone gave him a small gift. He took it and passed to his assistant. Someone called him but he had his earphone on and a fan could hear loud music. I walked quietly, catching up with his pace. At one point I was almost side by side with him. He was tanned compared to the Love Tour concerts. He also slimmed down a bit but he was in great shape. He sneezed as he walked but this was probably due to the temperature difference indoor and outdoor. I wanted to say “bless you” but I couldn’t make any noise. I just did not want my voice “breaking” this spell of walking alongside with him.
Finally he was at the departure gate and stood there waiting for his passport to be checked. In a minute he would disappear before my eyes. I decided I had to say goodbye to him, so I called out “Goodbye Rain, have a nice trip”! Many other fans also bid him goodbye.
He turned slightly, bowed and waved to us before he disappeared inside.
As soon as Rain left, Shanghai started to have a thunderstorm.
My friend told me she greeted Rain in Macau. She laughed so happily as she told me how she stood next to our prince while he waited for his car. He was absolutely gorgeous.. Sounded so familiar