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Asia » China » Shanghai » Putuo August 19th 2019

So 2 days ago I worked in 2 centres, meaning a change of hotel in the middle of the day. I took all my stuff with me, the hotel called a taxi and it took about 15 minutes, no unnecessary diversions and he had put the address in his satnav So found it no problem. After the first session getting a taxi wasn’t quite so easy. The centre rep had an app on her phone but the first one cancelled on her. Then all 3 of us tried unsuccessfully to flag one down in the street. They all sailed past, even the ones with green lights. They can’t have liked the look of me with all my bags. Eventually they managed to order another one. Again, no diversions. The second hotel, the Amara Signature Shanghai, was ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Yangpu August 16th 2019

Last night Leslie and I went for a stroll along one of the arms of the big junction next to the hotel. There were some big government offices but nothing of too much interest. Then we spotted the Sheraton on the other side of the 12 lane road. Normally they have a pleasant bar, sometimes a spectacular one, so we bunched up with some locals and crossed over. I used the wing mirror of a swanky car to put some lipstick on in an attempt to smarten up. We swanned in and showed them the word beer on my phone. They indicated a bar on the ground floor so I changed it for roof bar. Sheraton Club, they said. We pointed upwards enthusiastically and the guy came to the lift with us and used his pass ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai June 4th 2019

This was our second visit to Shanghai and once again, we made the trip for the Port Adelaide football game which took place on Sunday 2 June at Jiangwan Stadium against St Kilda. The result, a 70 point victory, was most satisfying to the Power fans who had made the trip. Our seats were just to the right of the northern end and we were shaded for about the last three quarters which was great because the weather that day was very warm and sunny. We are becoming more at ease in this humongous city and this time around we were adventurous in our subway travels and taxi catching. The subway is very easy to negotiate once you get the hang of it and taxis are inexpensive. Fun fact: about ten million people catch the subway ... read more
The game
Quiet Sunday afternoon
Dinner Sunday night

Asia » China » Shanghai June 2nd 2019

Europe 2019 Air NZ flight to Shanghai in Premium Plus was worth every extra cent. Large recliner seats No 25 A and B Chicken starter and triple cooked pork belly with cheese cake to finish. Europe 2019 We arrived Shanghai Pudong Airport around 7.00am and were the first people off the plane unfortunately we queued in the wrong line for half an hour before being directed to the transit queue for another half an hour. Finally we were allowed into China. Raewyn was in charge of transportation to our hotel and had sorted out the Metro from the airport. The next problem was to buy the ticket, but our credit card wouldn’t work in the ticket machine, so we went and changed NZ$50 into Yen so we could buy the ticket. The train trip took around ... read more
All electric bikes
The light tunnel
The light tunnel .

Asia » China » Shanghai » Huangpu April 3rd 2019

Hello Everyone, Welcome to our Glories of China tour of 2019. The trip started off with a cancelled flight on Saturday night, arriving back home at 3am Sunday morning, back to airport for 3pm flight Sunday arvo. Into Hong Kong at 10pm and Cathay Pacific had arranged a brilliant hotel room, within the airport for the night. On our connecting flight to Shanghai at 7.30am Monday, arriving at 10am. Our tour guide, Grace had arranged for us to be picked up and although we missed the first part of Day 1, we were taken straight to our lunch venue, a magnificent floating restaurant on the Huangpu River. Our tour group is made up of Aussie's from Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle and of course Brisbane. We have another local guide, whose name is also Grace, so we have ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai November 25th 2018

Shanghai textiles and embroidery (gu broidery) is the most famous and broidery styles in Shanghai with about 500 years of history. Shanghai textiles and embroidery are widely used in drawn works, Mandren coat, painting products, carpet and artistic tapestry. Yuyuan Garden the best ancient garden in South east China. It has enjoyed history over 400 years since the first establishment by Pan Yuhuan who had intended to Bring Happiness and pleasure to his parents and relatives.... read more
Yuyuan garden 1
yuyuan garden 2
yuyuan garden 3

Asia » China » Shanghai November 23rd 2018

Spent the morning in Tokyo walking along with the locals on Thanks giving day. Many are celebrating but the streets were active with usual ad to day working sorts. Our 2 hour coach ride to the airport was smooth on this bright clear day, cleared security plane Eastern China Air was on time. Late by the time be arrived in Shanghai, cleared security and arrived at the lovely Courtyard Marriott hotel mid night. Off to tour the city this morning Shanghai Shang (High) Hai (above the seas) once an agricultural village spans over 1000's of years and closely parallels modern China. Developed during the qing dynasty (1644-1912) as one of Chinas most principal trading posts since the economic reforms of the early 1900's the city has burgeoned to become one of Asia's major financial centers and ... read more
The lobby in our tokyo hotel
Window washer

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong July 7th 2018

My flight from Seattle to Shanghai was three hours late, so I missed my first connection, Shanghai to Denpasar, Bali. It had been a long flight and my legs were really aching and I was a little rummy; you know...a little fuzzy headed. I Arrived in Shanghai and went to Immigration. Oops! By accident…I meant to go to Transit. From there things got a lot more interesting. You remember that time four years ago when I got punished in Beijing? Well…don’t mess with the rules, Folks. I was told to step off to the side. A few more officials arrived...lots of head shaking and talking. The gentleman holding my passport asked me if I had overstayed my transit visa four years ago? I answered yes, right up front. I still wasn't alarmed, but getting a little ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai June 15th 2018

After 8 days in China, I spent the last two in Shanghai, or more precisely, in a hotel in Shanghai, since I got food poisoning as soon as we arrived (i.e. had lunch). Luckily, we were there for two days only and I couldn't wait to get back home - when you're sick, all you want is your own bed, and bathroom. But, I managed to go to the 2nd tallest building in the world - luckily they have an elevator that takes you to 121st floor!... read more
Small ... not really
Huge city
Well done exhibition

Asia » China » Shanghai May 21st 2018

Shanghai with its 24 or so million inhabitants is a seamless melding of East and West and so I felt a sense of familiarity about the city when we first arrived. The three days we spent there were as busy as all the previous days had been. On Friday night we managed to catch up with our daughters and their friend who had arrived two days before us. We had dinner in the French Concession and opted for Wagyu steaks from Australia. That night it began to rain and the temperature dropped. The rain was to continue the next day at Adelaide Arena for the game. It was a little disappointing that the match on Saturday was played in the wet, but it did feel very much like going to the footy on a Saturday afternoon ... read more
Match day
Gardens of Shanghai
Classical Chinese garden

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