Shanghai Hong Gang Hotel
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Our first full day in Shanghai is a busy one. But first a little info about Shanghai, or the City Above the Sea. It was a small fishing village until 1842. After the Opium Wars, the village was carved up into concessions administered concurrently by the British, French and Americans. Built on the trade of opium, silk and tea, the city also lured the world's great houses of finance, which rejected grand palaces. Shanghai became known for its countless opium dens, gambling ...
... the two of us answered the door to find a driver from Mears Transportation. At first we thought he was just early but Renee remembered that her assistant Peggy had cancelled Mears because they said they couldn’t pick up in Clermont, yet low and behold here he was. His appearance made us question whether or not the second taxi was actually ordered. As we were obviously not ready to leave yet he graciously offered to wait for us ...
... the sun. ( the people's park, formerly the Shanghai racecourse is lovely - came across old men arguing,at least that's what it sounds like, and groups of women dancing with poles to what sounds like Chinese country and western)
Whats annoying at the minute is the amount of begging that goes on. As much as I feel sorry for them, but they home in on the westerners and after a while it does annoy you.
Its also funny the amount of people that ...
... the first thing that hit me getting outside was the heat. That unforgiving, overwhelming heat of mid-summer in Asia. It didn't take us long to find the gardens, nestled in the back alleys of Old Town. A brief stroll later and I think I'd seen enough slabs of volcanic rock nestled in alcoves and in the middle of lakes. The buildings were also beautiful but began to blend after a while. There was a real sense of De Ja Vous. Was this similar to ...
... Generally my interactions
have been average to kind and pleasant. That being said, right after I emerged
from the ally where I had been eating and was back on one of the main, very
crowded roads, I saw a little fella taking pee on a light post. I thought it
was funny. Oh, one thing people do here is clear their throats very loudly and
spit right on the street or wherever they may be. Now this will bother my mom
but honestly, I ...