Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai
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NI HAO!!! (Hello in Mandarin)
After a quick pitstop home to unpack, do laundry and repack, I was off to Shanghai, PRC. It is my first time in China...really, its only my 3rd country in Asia.
I have to say, I have never been enthused by the idea of China. It is not on my list of tops to make sure I see before...well, 30, but here …
... way up to approximately 350m, or 1,150 feet in old money.
The views from the top are astonishing and really convey the sheer scale of Shanghai: this city is simply massive. It also illustrates the height of the new tallest building in Pudong: it towers above Jin Mao at well over 400m. We got some great views of the old Bund, the river and the bright lights and sprawl of Shanghai.
My favourite bit, which I think is fascinating and ...
... even had cleaners are on standby in the toilet. Should have waited.
Off again on our way and stopped another km down the road to check the map right outside the Cartier store. The area we are now in resembles a small part of Orchard Rd in Singapore with all the major fashion labels glowing everywhere. We put our bums down on the little wall outside the Cartier building to check the map and were promptly told by the security guard to move on, must have looked like ...
... the street to the Starbucks in the little strip mall. As I crossed the street I caught a glimpse of some Christmas decorations that were going up.
Before I continue this story, you need some background knowledge about Christmas in China. There isn't one. Truly. They don't celebrate Christmas. Santa does not visit children in China. You're wondering why the school I'm at had a Christmas program. I am at an International ...
... needed to be. Xian was a real surprise. The pandas, Yangtze River, Great Wall, River Li and Terracota Army were highlights for us, BUT the squat toilets were NOT.
Food had been very good, sampled dishes of peking duck, sichwan, dim sum, noodles, dumplings, sweet and sour, black bean dishes and all manner of vegetables.
We had'nt expected the sheer volume of cars and traffic in every city and the time it took to get anywhere - ...
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