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Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong December 15th 2016

Sizzling and Spectacular Shanghai – December, 2016 Mainland China has always beckoned to me, and even though I have visited Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan previously, I consider them to be just tasty appetizers compared to the dazzling entrées that China offers. When the Chinese government decided to expand their visa-free transit policy for a few specific locations back in January, it was a sign…..destiny was knocking on my travel door….Shanghai here I come! For anyone also considering Shanghai as a destination, this newly-expanded policy is a godsend, but of course there are restrictions which apply (isn’t there always a dark side?) Currently, travel to Shanghai is allowed for a layover of up to 144 hours (6 days in total, as the clock begins counting down at 12:01am the morning after airport arrival). The caveat here ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong August 26th 2016

Vroeg opgestaan om de taxi naar het vliegveld te nemen. De vlucht naar Shanghai was niet echt fijn. Heel veel turbulentie en het was net of de piloot pas net zijn vliegbrevet had gehaald. Maar ja, toch goed aangekomen. Vanuit het vliegveld naar de stad is best ver dus ook hier hebben wij het hotel voor de laatste nacht geannuleerd en een hotel dichtbij het vliegveld geboekt. Om van het vliegveld naar de stad te gaan, kun je het eerste stuk ( ong 45 km) met de nagneettrein gaan. Deze trein kan max. 415 km/u halen, maar helaas voor ons was de maximale snelheid vandaag maar 302 km/u! Daarna nog een stuk met de taxi naar ons hotel. Wat ons wel meteen opviel in Shanghai was het rustigere rijden van de auto's en redelijk veel politie ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong April 8th 2016

I woke up Thursday morning at 5am, which apparently was my new normal wake-up time, and did my usual routine of work, gym, and getting ready before breakfast. Once again I stuffed my face at the buffet - my low-cal start to the day included a Japanese beef soup, sesame ball, kim chi, Singapore friend noodles, air-dried beef, shrimp shumai, sushi, and a few other things washed down with coffee and watermelon juice. I had to refrain from a full plate of seconds. The morning in the office was again fairly leisurely, with only a couple hours of training before it was already time for lunch. My coworker Xiuran invited me out with him for a sort of street food from a hole in the wall own the street. "Not healthy, but I like it", as ... read more
My spicy fried chicken and wonton-filled pancake
Literally can't stop taking pictures of these massive buildings
Food court realness with chicken feet, crab soup dumplings, and iced lemon green tea!

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong April 5th 2016

My first night's sleep went reasonably well considering all of the warnings I received regarding the jetlag, but people are also basic and don't know how to help themselves adjust. I woke up a couple of times in the middle of the night but fell right back asleep, and by 6am I felt relatively well-rested. Due to the crazy commuting situation for the millions of people in the city, our offices don't open until 10am and people work a later shift as a result. That being said I had a solid 4 hours to get some work done, hit the hotel gym, get ready, and do breakfast before meeting Monica to walk over to the office. The breakfast area was legit - everything from sushi and kimchi to eggs benedict and western-style pastries were available. I ... read more
Shanghai Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the office
Assorted meats - pork, chicken, and goose along with some eggs
Fried bullfrog? Yes please!

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong February 19th 2016

The tour guide in Beijing said that ‘Beijing is China today; Shanghai is China - future!’ within moments of arriving I see what she means. We arrived at modern Shanghai Honqiao station and within minutes we were heading towards the centre on the busiest subway system in the world. Our destination for the next five nights, was to be a hotel near Peoples Square, as we would later find out, very convenient for exploring Shanghai. We thought we had booked a hostel, but had been previously bought and renovated by a big chain. The first words from the receptionist was that our room was in use, our tired bodies slumped, ‘so we have upgraded you’, yes-result! It turned out to be a very nice suite which done us well for our time here. With large cities ... read more
Aquarium Tunnel
Chinese Crowd Control
Shanghai Aquarium

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong August 24th 2015

Only a little time for captioning... but wanted to share these views of Shanghai at night. Major rainstorm and a 12 hour flight that should have been 2:15... prevented a planned early arrival and 1/2 day of touring. We got only the evening but made the most of it. And no, the Chinese economy downturn has nothing to do with us. Or ...does it...?... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong August 3rd 2015

Well, it's been a month now since I've come to China. It hasn't been an easy road. When I left for China I was ready to have an amazing time. When I got here things didn't come as easily as they have in the past. This trip so far has been filled many issues that I've had to overcome. There are days where it feels like I can't overcome them. But I'm not alone. God put some amazing people in my life over this past month. They have helped me through when I felt like giving in. I'm now in my apartment. This is one of the things that has been so hard about this trip. I've had so many problems with the apartment. The air conditioner in the bedroom wasn't working so that delayed my ... read more
Summer Camp
Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong April 12th 2015

Full day touristing in Shanghai today, starting on the Bund with a visit to the Fairmont Peace Hotel previously known as the Cathay Hotel built by Sir Victor Sassoon between 1926 - 1929. This was once the most prestigious Hotel in Shanghai and had many celebrities and heads of state as guests. Next on to the Old City and a visit to the Yu Garden or Garden of Happiness whose construction began in 1577 and contains classic Chinese features. Now a shopping opportunity or so the pedlars of Wolex watches kept insisting but of more interest is the street food being pushed from a variety of stalls. Time for lunch at a riverside restaurant and our first taste of Chinese food although it looked particularly tame in comparison to that being consumed by Chinese customers on ... read more
Peace Hotel Interior
Yu Garden House
You Garden Pavilion

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong April 11th 2015

Blog of our trip to China - Paul and Keith from Yorkshire, England A quest for knowledge and enlightenment. Day One - Friday 10th April 2015 Manchester to London Heathrow - British Airways Transfer T3-T5 Heathrow Express London Heathrow - Shanghai - Virgin Atlantic Lift off 1515 LHW but as travelling economy = no sleep. Day Two - Saturday 11th April 2015 Arrive Shanghai a tad jaded 0915 ( 7 hours ahead of UK time ) met by tour guide and transferred to our hotel by coach . We are part of group of 16 - first impressions - well let's hope that's what they are 😀 During the hour plus transfer our guide introduced himself as Chris a very personable and fluent English speaker. I find it interesting that the chinese are happy to adopt ... read more
Room with a view
Keith & I by the river.
View across the river from the Bund

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong January 25th 2015

Happy New Year! I hope that 2015 has started off happily and healthfully for all. After a glorious winter holiday, where I was able to share my family, friends, and beautiful Colorado with Mads, my 2015 started off with a big adventure. The Model United Nations group at my school asked if I could help chaperone their trip to a conference in Shanghai! Naturally, I leapt at the opportunity to spend time with the students in a context outside of the classroom and to visit a new city. After a non-stop flight from Copenhagen to Shanghai, it was hard to discern if the landscape was hazy due to our bleary jet-lagged eyes or the haze…time would tell that it was the haze of air pollution. The airport is enormous, and we were slow moving, but we ... read more
Drizzly Shanghai
Eurpean looking buidlings on the Bund
Evening view of Pudong

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