Let’s Meet in Shanghai

When a friend says, “I’m coming to China.”  You say, “Let’s meet in Shanghai.”  Let the fun begin. For me, a last jaunt on this side of the world.

We checked off a wonderful tourist to do list.  We rode the Maglev Train from the aiport.  We visited the Bund, Yu Garden, the gorgeous and quiet Longhua Temple, the ornate and busy Jing’an Temple, and the Tianzifang neighborhood.  We strolled through parks, watched dancers and taiqi groups, talked to people, took pictures with them, received welcomes, recommendations and good wishes for our stay.  We sat in a small room and had our feet massaged by perfect little hands while watching “China’s Got Talent”. We ventured over to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, two of the gorgeous water towns west of the big city.  We ate noodles, dumplings, and street food, and even a little Mexican food just for a change.  My friends visited the financial district for a journey up in the bottle opener and views of the second tallest building in the world (Shanghai Tower, 2073 feet, 120+ stories).  We walked in the rain, and then some more rain.  It is Shanghai, after all.  Enjoy.

For more about the Shanghai Tower, check this out.  http://n.pr/1H9Aopn

110 Stories

This is what 110 stories looks like in the early stages.  A massive hole in the ground.  Cranes constantly moving.  More scaffolding than you could imagine.  Trucks driving in and out at all hours.  Workers, workers, so many workers.

After a walk in Qingnian Park (post to come later), I ventured up to the lobby of Grand Hyatt Shenyang.  It is one of the best views on a very good day, not only to see our TV tower and the big city, but it has the best view of the pit.

Bao Neng is bringing 110 stories to Shenyang.  In a city where construction is constant, this one is king.