Highton International Hotel
Travel Blogs from Shanghai
You can't get a clearer picture of what’s happening in the new China than entering Shanghai on a cruise ship.
We sailed for at least three hours (probably even longer, but we were still asleep) past busy container cranes and dry docks.
In the background we could see numerous clusters of five or more identical apartment complexes, each about 40-floors tall. Each cluster had its own separate design, but they all looked like ...
We boarded an overnight train in Xi'an all set to arrive in Shanghai the next morning. After a pleasant (banging on the door) wake up call we got off the train and on to a bus headed to Wuzhen, an ancient town built on canals....they call it the Venice of the East. Once we finally found our hotel....got on the wrong bus once, and then walked in the wrong direction....we checked into our awesome, luxurious room overlooking a canal, ...
... to find somewhere in China with excellent espresso coffee after thinking you could only rely on Starbucks.
Its always interesting to see what your country is exporting to the country you are visiting. In Xintiandi there was an event including a pop up store called "East is East" and I wondered what this was. It turned out to be about the cutting edge of British fashion design, to be found in East London, and was selling that to the local fashion elite.
... were incredible!
And, wonder of wonders! They were selling lanterns at the park and I got to send off my first Chinese lantern! From what I gather, this is traditionally reserved for the spring festival but, they saw a foreigner and thought "Woo! We've got this sale in the bag." Why yes, yes young lantern entrepreneur, you certainly do. If you recall, I mentioned this lantern hullabaloo in my very first blog post so it's something I've been waiting ...
... the same distance in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai last year, the tallest building in the world. We looked over another sky scraper under construction which we were told will be higher than the Burj, but I see in today’s paper the tallest will be the 1,000 metre Kingdom tower in Jeddah when completed in 2018.
It seems cities love competing for the best, highest and fastest so the next ride was in the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center