I’m currently on a business trip in Shanghai, China. After a 13 hour flight from Chicago, I landed with mixed expectations as to what China would offer. Would it be the sparkling city birthing with capitalism, or a country of haves and have nots caused by communism?
After I landed and took a taxi to the hotel, it seemed the latter might be true. We passed some not-so nice areas, but the gloominess was also a contributor. This is the view from my hotel:
Definitely not third world, but I wasn’t too impressed upon entrance. However, when I joined co-workers for dinner, I experienced more of the shining Shanghai. It was then I noticed the solid infrastructure (roads and highways), the number of new cars on the street, and finally the beautiful downtown area of Shanghai. We visited The Bund, an upper-class area on the river across from downtown Shanghai. I’m excited to see what else the city has in store for us!