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Asia » China » Shanghai December 20th 2019

December 20, 2019 Somewhere over Russia Season’s Greetings! I hope everyone is having a wonderful December, no matter where in the world you may find yourself. I am writing to you on a flight to Beijing, where I will continue on to my final destination of Shanghai, China. Shanghai has always captured my imagination since youth, and a little bit of research into the city proves to me that it is a jewel of Eastern Asia. My hero Anthony Bourdain once said Shanghai makes New York City look like a third world country, and from there my fascination exploded. From what I know so far, it is a juxtaposition of the absolute modern with classical Western art deco architecture. It has former European style neighborhoods, which is in contrast to what Cheryl and I experienced in ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai October 24th 2019

THE VICTORIA JENNA - YANGTZE 3 NIGHT RIVER CRUISE It didn’t stop raining and we had a long walk to get to our ship, the Victoria Jenna docked in Chongquing on the Yangtze River. Launched in 2009 the Victoria Jenna is one of the largest, most technologically advanced ships on the Yangtze River. The 10,000-ton, 418 passenger vessel is almost 440 feet long, spans six decks and is roughly 50 percent larger than other Victoria cruise ships. Due to scheduled maintenance at the Three Gorges Dam our ship was not permitted through the ship locks there and we would be going to finish our journey, just west of the dam at Maoping. On arrival absolutely soaking wet we decided to upgrade our Standard Cabin to an Executive Suite and we were glad we did it was ... read more
We found the bar really quickly
Temple - Jade Emperor Scenic area
Temple - Jade Emperor Scenic area

Asia » China » Shanghai September 29th 2019

Days 61 to 63 of 80 We 'left' Shanghai by metro to reach Zhujiajiao for 3 nights /2 days. Zhujiajiao is famed as one of Shanghai's 'water towns', of which there are several dotted around the Shanghai suburbs. Water Towns, so called because, surprise, surprise, they are based around numerous rivers and/or canals. Zhujiajiao is regarded as one of the best mostly because of the extent of its preserved layout and buildings which surpass any other in the region. Established about 1700 years ago, it now has a population of 60,000 though by far most of these must be in the modern surroundings not the central old town. Numerous rivers and 35 stone bridges, and 1 wooden. Not surprisingly it is known as ..... wait for it ...... China's Venice. We have found it hard to ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai September 29th 2019

Days 61 to 63 of 80 We 'left' Shanghai by metro to reach Zhujiajiao for 3 nights /2 days. Zhujiajiao is famed as one of Shanghai's 'water towns', of which there are several dotted around the Shanghai suburbs. Water Towns, so called because, surprise, surprise, they are based around numerous rivers and/or canals. Zhujiajiao is regarded as one of the best mostly because of the extent of its preserved layout and buildings which surpass any other in the region. Established about 1700 years ago, it now has a population of 60,000 though by far most of these must be in the modern surroundings not the central old town. Numerous rivers and 35 stone bridges, and 1 wooden. Not surprisingly it is known as ..... wait for it ...... China's Venice. We have found it hard to ... read more
Zhujiajiao
Zhujiajiao
Filming

Asia » China » Shanghai September 23rd 2019

11 kilometer boven Ulaanbaatar, ongeveer 3,5 uur van Shanghai Hoi, leuk dat je dit leest. Ik ben nu volgens mij al zo’n acht uur in de lucht en ik zit nog aardig comfortabel. Het is nu avond, Nederlandse tijd en ik heb aardig honger. Helaas opereert de crew van China Eastern schijnbaar volledig op Chinese tijd en wordt er dus van mij verwacht dat ik in diepe nachtrust verzonken ben en niet hoopvol om me heen kijk voor een diner. Tot zover de update over waar ik nu ben, behalve nog een shoutout (een soort bedankje mam, google het maar) naar mijn moeder voor de goede tip om toch zes Hollandse krentenbollen mee te nemen. Maar goed, wat lees je nou eigenlijk nu? Ja ik denk dat het toch het best te omschrijven valt als wat ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai September 3rd 2019

Dear Blog Readers, The 20 hour train ride went surprisingly quickly. We slept really well, relatively few stops and no train conductors getting a free English lesson! We rattled into Shanghai around midday and decided to get one of their Oyster Card equivalents...although it didn't seem to make the journey prices any cheaper. After a couple of metro stops and a confusing walk, we eventually found the lovely Greenland Jiulong Hotel which had a nice view of the city. Unfortunately the weather turned against us just as we got to the outskirts of the city to explore and we'd forgotten our umbrella! We dived into some shopping centres and headed down the main street following the crowds until we got to The Bund. The sight in front of us is nothing short of one of the ... read more
Qibao Temple
Pudong Skyline
Near the Buddhist Temple

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
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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
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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 .




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