Blogs from Xujiahui, Shanghai, China, Asia


Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui April 29th 2014

Beijing er en kæmpe by med meget trafik. At tage fra syd-banegården til den centrale togstation med taxa tog 45-60 min. Solen skinnede og i byen fløj små fnug som lignede bommuld og gav en stemning af snevejr midt i forårsvarmen (25-30°C). Gående langs en af hovedgaderne ser det ikke umiddelbart meget anderledes ud end Shanghai men der er til gengæld mange små sidegader med små huse og træer. Hyggelige små ’alleys’ eller ’hutong’. Disse varierer også i standard og det lader til at nogle af de dyreste boliger findes i sådanne små områder. Efter ankomst i Beijing om eftermiddagen var første punkt på dagsordenen at hente togbilletten inden CITS’ kontorer lukkede. Da det var gjort gik gåturen videre til den forbudte by som tilsyneladende lukkede kl 17 lige som jeg ankom . I stedet blev ... read more
Mongoliet og Baikal søen

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui April 17th 2011

Keep in mind this only applies to motorcycle riders within China, which may not be so many of us. For that reason, I've also cross-posted this to 'My China Moto' MyChinaMoto This particular information would have been of extreme use to me two years ago, as I was doing this commute nearly every day, and going through at least one of the checkpoints on an unregistered motorcycle. Don't even get me started on the legalities of trying to ride a motorcycle in China, or doing things by the book. The unfortunate reality is that the best you can do is be semi-legal. For that matter, knowing how to avoid the police checkpoints is rather helpful information. The school I used to work at (called Sino Canada) is in a very remote location. To reach it from ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui March 3rd 2011

What follows is a rather sad trend for those who enjoy driving scooters and motorbikes to get around the city. After having finished an extended bicycle trip, I'm now back to using a motorcycle to get around Shanghai as my primary mode of transport. Basically I ride around a Yamaha 125cc motorcycle and have been doing this kind of 'career' for the past 2.5 years. The benefits of using a motorbike in Shanghai are enormous: 1. Freedom to go at your own schedule 2. Punctuality in a city where late arrivals and delays are commonplace 3. Save money 4. No need to put up with crowded buses, subways, or scarce taxis in rush hour 5. Good mental stimulation to focus during traffic. 6. Speeds are low, so it is safe. On the surface, the traffic in ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui February 14th 2011

After a very successful and restful bicycle travel adventure, it's now back to work in Shanghai. The last two days were a long-haul combination of flights and bus travel in order to save money. Sometimes I seriously wonder why I do it this way, when a direct flight (at a premium price) is available from Denpasar to Shanghai. Saving money is one thing, but at the expense of that, there is the cost of time: long hours. For example, it took a full 24 hours of travel time to get back, including an overnight stopover, using a series of 4 flights in a row. Flight #1: Denpasar to Surabaya. This was actually the most exciting, it used the ATR-5000 planes, basically twin props, and a small airplane always adds to the fun. It was convenient to ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui January 20th 2011

Today marks the end of the 1st semester at Nanyang Model High School where I have been happily employed as a Math teacher since September. The schools runs a BC program, in conjunction with the Chinese program. As a BC teacher, I teach BC courses in English for students who plan to graduate and go to Canadian universities. It's a very good job, all things considered, especially when we get 3 weeks winter holiday vacation! So as the students finished off their last round of exams, we finished off the marks this week, collated the report cards, and now it's time for the annual Spring Festival vacation. The plan is to spend 3 weeks in South East Asia on a bicycle, doing short tours in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. All flights are boooked, and all routes ... read more
Snow Outside
More Snow
Slippery Driving

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui December 26th 2010

This test post is actually about my friend Rob who rode a skateboard across China (and the USA) and won a Guiness Record award for doing so. At the time he skated into Shanghai I was actually living on the outskirts of the city, but still managed to help out on his trip. His adventure was an amazing one, and definitely a highlight of living here to see him pass through. For the record, his adventures can be found at ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui March 24th 2010

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui March 10th 2010

The Chinese New Year began on February 14, 2010. We learned that the Chinese LOVE fireworks! And obviously can easily buy them! We were amazed at the sheer volume of fireworks going off constantly. We were able to watch out either of our apartment windows and see a show. On Chinese New Years morning, we woke up to a covering of snow on the ground! On the fourth day of the New Year, we went to stay for a few days in the Xujiahui area of Shanghai. The best I can tell you how to pronounce "Xujiahui" is shoo-jee-ah-way, but I'm sure you won't ending up saying it anywhere close to how the Chinese say it! We stayed in the Courtyard Marriott where we were in easy walking distance of all the big shopping malls - ... read more
Snow 2-14-10
Grand Gateway Mall

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui June 26th 2009

If the title confuses you, we've already published a "Zai Jian Shanghai part 1" that didn't seem to get feel free to check it out, and comment please on our homage to our visitors. As for this final Shanghai blog, we have to say that even putting the words Zai Jian to paper brings a lump to our throats…but we appreciate that the Chinese words for ‘Good-bye’ (Zai meaning ‘again’ and Jian ‘meet’) amount to something akin to au revoir. So as we wave zai jian, or au revoir, to this incredible place called ‘Shanghai’, and close the book on this amazing adventure, we find that mixed with our incredible sadness at leaving is an equally huge happiness at coming home. But if we’ve learned nothing else after two years in Asia, we know that ... read more
Flower.... PORT!?
"Thriving cafe culture"...
Such close encounters..

Asia » China » Shanghai » Xujiahui June 19th 2009

Hi all, This blog is about one big Yin (look for part 2 shortly on the yins AND the yangs of two years in Asia) as we’ve devoted this entire penultimate blog to an homage and revisiting, if you like, of our visitors. For the visitors, we hope you enjoy…for the rest, please read on too…and plan to visit Shanghai at some time on your own. You won’t be sorry! Christmas! For our first Christmas when Chris visited, we were still getting the hang of the place, so we really appreciated his help at navigating the city with his excellent Chinese. As a result, it was sheer fun discovering new restaurants, museums and landmarks, and our introduction to Cotton’s, Sasha’s, Dagu Lu, and many museums, including the Art’s and Crafts Museum, were all with Chris. We ... read more
Bling 2
On Pedestrian Street
Sittin' on the Dock o' the Bay

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