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... when the train eventually pulled into Shanghai.
We grabbed our things and headed out of the Station.
No one to meet us here but we were advised to get a Taxi.
Heres hoping we don't have the same issues as we did in XIAN.
Down stairs to the Taxi ranks and it looked like Shanghai Taxis were on strike. The queue was like that good old Disney Queue. We waited for nearly an hour and it was very humid for that time in the morning. On top ...
... and were not going to argue about or charge for cancelling a low cost ticket at such short notice.
Anyway, my passport, which had disappeared hours before, reappeared with a 24 hour visa (actually it was about a 36 hour visa as I just had to leave China before midnight the next day) in it, and I just had time to pose for a few photos for the lovely staff - they really were so friendly - and write a reference for them (they have clearly been given the word to ...
... understanding of the language, the history, and the China that really is. I arrive in the country this time with a different perspective and some more knowledge: a better, fuller, and more personal comprehension of the Middle Kingdom, not to mention diving right into the deep end. A wade in the kiddy pool is reserved only for my first venture into the land many a day earlier.
My short stay, I hope, is one of many.
... the world; a very cosmopolitan vibe and that mix means there is a lot of energy. On my last morning here I have been wandering around taking it all in and for sometime watching the old folk dancing in the park! It is great, no inhibitions just everyone enjoying life together the way it should be. Again I think if you scratch the surface then the culture is hurt beneath. I am sure there is a huge amount of the city I have not seen so my judgement may be way off. Still a cracking time ...
... the best aquarium that I’ve actually visited. Though, when you think about it, it is still an oversized fish tank.
What we all enjoy is of course a much needed and greatly nostalgic visit to one of the many Hagen Dazs shops to sample some of their fantastic products. Not having these shops in Britain is almost a crime, though I doubt even we could do the service with such a gentlemanly touch. Apparently in Shanghai, when you go to a Hagen Dazs you expect to ...
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