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Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong May 17th 2014

17.4.14 Destination: PINGWANG. Distance: 109.5 Kms Road Condition: good surface Weather: cool, heavy o'cast Time in Saddle: 6 hours Av Speed: 18.25kph Elevation: mostly flat Up at 4.15 after poor sleep, must have been subconsciously thinking about today. Breakfast at 5.00, everyone also up and rearing to go. Departed hotel at 5.50 for The Bund and group photo. Discovered that my camera somehow had been drained of power. Will need to get a photo from elsewhere. Traffic chaotic and early cycle speeds were poor. As said earlier, people and vehicles like ants, wrong way up one way streets, u turns in awkward places, huge traffic intersections with confusing lights. A relief to escape the mayhem unscathed. Everyone arrived without mishap. Last 40 Kms, had good tail wind so averaged about 28 kph. The roads for trucks/cars; ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong May 16th 2014

16.5.14 Room sharing starts today!! Team meeting to provide route directions. It's all happening - anxiety rising. Haha. Had Team meeting. Well constructed. Apparently only 26 km of convoy before open road, just very built up for next 300 Kms. Early breakfast at 5 am before departure at 5.45 am., to beat peak traffic. Seems may have wifi in early stages but as expected becomes sparser as we head out. Communications 'Officer' confirmed they have a Sat Phone, for emergencies and urgent contact.... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong May 15th 2014

15.5.14 Today I took the Pudong train shuttle under the HUANGPU R. to Pudong, the financial district and modern China. Similar in size to the financial district of HK. Amazing architecture, soaring towers of glass, one building has curves and must reach over 100 levels. At Pudong I found the Chinese tourists, visiting the Jiabao Communications Tower ( once the world's tallest building), an Aquarium and manicured park. It must also have the world's largest pedestrian round about, over 2 football fields in size. A 9 level shopping mall of exclusive shops, but few customers. Prices seemed greater than home for electrical goods. Apparently there is a sizeable luxury goods tax! Have found navigating the streets and lane ways of downtown Shanghai ok. Hopefully this directional sense won't desert me. Went for a test ride to ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong May 14th 2014

14.5.14 Many riders have now arrived. A mixed crew, so spent the morning meeting others. It sounds as though there is a broad range of experience, with many having done some extended distance journeys. Imagine it might make it difficult for the tour leader, so hopefully the personalities will be supportive rather than disruptive. A lazy day with local wandering. Yu Garden seems like it is tourist central, with the tourists being out of town Chinese. Saw some exquisite small tea pots, however they were expensive at $400- up. Also interesting revolutionary posters and bourgeois, decadent posters, but doubt we have the wall space! Went for an early evening wander through the market contemplating dinner. Met a fellow rider in front of a chicken salesman. Whilst standing talking, he slit a live chicken's throat, bleed it ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong May 13th 2014

13.5.14: After breakfast headed off to walk the Bund, the riverside ( HUANGPU RIVER) walkway on the City side looks across to the reclaimed land of the Pudong financial district. Some very striking and distinctive architecture. The district is growing at a rapid rate and rivals the city scape of the Central district of Hong Kong with its imposing towers. Shanghai is situated in the Yangtze R delta. Many large rice barge style boats plied the river transporting huge timber logs, coal and containers. It appears that afternoon/ evening markets are popular. All variety of meat, seafood and vegetable. No flies. Huge cucumber style veg, 3 feet long x 1.5 wide. Suspect flavour would be very bland, mostly fibrous. Also huge live toads encased in net bags are popular. Will need to be alert to what ... read more
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Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong May 12th 2014

12.5.2014: Today was the start of an adventure like none I have undertaken previously. The extent of the challenge I have set myself has started to seep into my brain. 12,160 kilometres over 131 days of consistent daily cycling with the occasional rest day. It seems that the rest days maybe a misnomer, as I understand these days are occupied with sight seeing, washing, bike maintenance, sleeping and eating. Time will tell My day started at 2 am, airport departure at 2.45, then 70 minutes of highway driving, 2 hours of airport waiting before the first flight departure from Brisbane to Sydney. Thankfully checkin with the bike was a smooth process. After waving farewell to Mem I boarded the Sydney flight. It took 70 minutes to traverse the arrival and departure terminals at Sydney airport, arriving ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong April 9th 2014

So, onto day 2 (written by guest choir tour members Sophie and James!). We woke up to an amazing selection of breakfast goodies, including the most delicious pancakes with maple syrup and fruity fillings. After having stuffed ourselves with savoury and sweet dishes, we got ready and hopped into a taxi to continue our sightseeing experiences in Shanghai. We decided to continue our bus tour, sitting on the open top deck with a similarly strong wind gust (but thankfully not as perilous as the bridge yesterday!). After seeing various parks and high end shopping boutiques (think, Cartier, Dior, etc.), we stopped off at the Jade Buddha Temple. There were some beautiful authentic Chinese buildings housing Buddhas with different faces and personalities, and an unofficial tour guide informed us about praying to particular Buddhas and the parts ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong January 23rd 2014

I don’t claim to be an expert on China but I have survived for four months now living in Shanghai so that has to count for something, right? If I can download some useful information to visitors and expats coming here and save a life or two, I will consider this a worthy post. Now, on to life in Shanghai. This is a fascinating country in the throes of constant change. I appreciate the history, culture and people. I hope you will enjoy your trip or relocation here. If you follow my tips, your experience in China may be better and you will have wonderful memories to bring home. Pack that air mask and off you go! ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong January 14th 2014

After a mere four months living in Shanghai, it's time to move on again. The reasons for our departure are not going to be publicised on the internet but for any of you who gave us advice on moving here, it isn't because we don't like Shanghai or China. However, a new job awaits us in a whole new country and it's time to say goodbye to Shanghai. Here are your best bits...... motorbikes held together with sellotape..... brown furry dogs (are they poodles?)....... *hurrrrockkk......* (the noise and pregnant pause before someone spits in the street)....... several small toffee apples on sticks....... babies in split crotch trousers so they can pee on the floor...... brown furry dogs in clothes...... old people shoving you out of the way on the metro...... electric bikes silently appearing behind you ... read more
Motorbike held together with sellotape
Small toffee apples on sticks
Dog dressed as a pand

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong January 13th 2014

Hello alll, We have had three great days in Shanghai. it is a fantastic combination of old and new and east meets west. The weather is simialr to Vancouver, about +6. We avoided rain. We walked till we dropped and saw many interesting sights. off to Thailand tomorrow. Pictures to follow.... read more
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