Shanghai – Day 1

April 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

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:

Shanghai from 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!

The Bund, Shanghai



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2 responses to Shanghai – Day 1

  1. Dan, have fun. Also, let me know if you need some insights about things to do or places to go – I have lots of peeps there.

  2. How cool! Shanghai is suppose to be an incredible place, smoggy but still amazing. The food is world class along with the service. Enjoy.

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