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... do not know if there was any formal agreement like a ghetto or if they just thought it was a nice place to live. It has now been restored and is an area of original 2 or 3 story apartments and very upscale restaurants. The expensive cars have show rooms there and other upscale shopping. I remember a movie showing a panic in the area as the Japanese were invading in WWII and chaos as everbody was trying to get out. I can't recall the movie however.
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... when I confiscated one of their phones. This leads me to wonder about the degree and rigor that goes into software validation in Asia. Some times the results are scary.
Wednesday evening I visited an old favourite, the House of Blues and Jazz. This is just behind the Bund in central Shanghai. A great old building with a restaurant and a stage that hosts some great music late each night. There is a new act here; Ptah Brown. She ...
... media building. It is where the Shanghai TV station is and all these amazing TV program were produced. We got to get on the platform where TV hosts sitting for the news and weather forecast and other programs were shot. On the table where the TV hosts normally sit, there are computer screens underneath so they can read the news from them. Everyone had a try and pretending they were the TV hosts and interviewed each other. We had so much fun! Many students decided to become ...
... into quarantine. As we stood in an ordered queue, two guys came on-board, kitted in gloves and masks to check that we weren't bird flu carriers, we were scanned with thermal thermometers and eventually allowed to enter Japan....phew!
So we have a month in this beautiful and fascinating country, we have active volcanoes to see, best friends to meet, huge cities to explore, bullet trains to ride ... oh, and THAT mountain to climb......
... with about 300 monks living there. Various Buddhas are housed in the buildings and I have to admit that I really don't know too much about the ins and outs of it all. There were an awful lot of both tourists and Buddhist followers at the temple today and what really impressed on Ian and I is the general lack of respect for believers by a significant number (not all) of tourists. People were there to pray and give offerings, and it was a shame to see that not honoured. We may ...