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After a bumpy flight from Hong Kong (seriously every flight seems to have turbulence now to the point where I nearly hate flying) we finally touched down in Shanghai, mainland China. To those who don't know a lot about shanghai, it's the second capital of China and probably the most western of all it's cities. Loads of multinational businesses and headquarters are set up there. The entry in was very easy (thanks dad for the Mauritian passport) and so I'm one of the privileged few ...
... to no end and kept sending Renee back with items and mirth.
We had lunch of which I will describe later and I settled into writing the blog. I was hoping to post while in flight but the in-cabin Internet and video entertainment system is out of service. So much for that email asking me to beta test it. Signing off for now as the computer thinks it is 22:00 (8:00pm) but it is only 17:00 (5:00pm) in San Francisco and it ...
... inside a circular cage with at least 8 or 9 motorcycles in there at once, they just kept adding more! And this was not a large cage. The show was great! The next morning I was sad to leave Shanghai, but we left for the airport at 10 am for our flight to Taiwan at 2:30, well our flight was delayed and we didn't leave until almost 7 pm! And after flying into Taipei, Taiwan's capital we had to travel two hours to Taichung. It was a long day of travel but we made it to Taiwan!
... were miles out of my price range.
The announcements (and as always the overstaffedness) were the only thing that reminded me that I was in China. Whilst in most European airports the most common announcement is 'Mr. X please come to Gate Y immediately, you are delaying the flight’ the most commonly hear announcement in China is ‘We regret to inform passengers of flight XX to XX is delayed. Please wait in the seating area for further ...
... life in its most basic form, and not always a pretty sight. The standard of living is so obviously different from what we're used to, but its a simpler life, and that's not necessarily bad. (Having said that I'm not ready to give up my washer and dryer). I took numerous photographs of our journey along the canal and am really looking forward to being able to share some really special images that show the realities of living along the canal. Despite all that I have just written, there ...