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... of the high-rise construction. Clothes lines hung everywhere, even at sidewalk level.
Bamboo scaffolding surrounded one building. It would not be approved by OSHA. The stalks of bamboo were sometimes stacked on top of each other, others were held together by strands of wire.
We saw one innovation that ought to be imported to the West, namely, motorbike handlebar mittens, designed to keep your hands warm when riding in cold weather. They ...
... buildings light up and then went for dinner at a place called "Casual Japanese Restaurant"....for $30 we got 2 beers, 2 glasses of wine, a salad, some French fries (odd combo), a pork and kimchee dish, a sukiyaki beef hot pot, some salmon sashimi, an okonomiyaki and 2 raw eggs for some reason....we dumped the eggs in the beef hot pot. It was delightful...and, more importantly, cheap. We then went back to our hotel room, through ...
... in 7 minutes (as opposed to at least 30 in a taxi) but it did cost $1.2billion to build and you have to wonder if this really was money well spent given the immense poverty that stilll exists in part of this country. Maglev was designed and built in Germany, yet there is no operating system in Europe.
So an enjoyable and fascinating two weeks. Thanks to all who helped make it possible.
... special Halloween content and all the kids and teachers were encouraged to dress up. This was kind of awesome because it meant that Helen and I got to dress up too! Since Helen affectionately now refers to me as her pumpkin (she's a Southern Asian now), we decided to dress accordingly! This also meant that I learned a new word! Instead of the kids yelling "jīnsè de tóufǎ lǎoshī (blonde hair teacher)," they spent all day yelling ...
... to a flat cable car set up. Coloured flashing lights are on the sides of the tunnel as you go along. This just warmed us up for Disney next week. The tunnel exited on the Bund very close to Nanjing street where our hotel is. We walked back to the hotel through the crowd which has thickened incredibly today as tomorrow is the start of the mid-Autumn festival in China as well as National day (celebrating the New China in 1949) ...
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