Category Archives: Shanghai

The Game

No, not that game. (But “Go Lions!” Wait, they didn’t make it, again? Damn. I’m a little behind the times here in China, if you couldn’t tell.) Back home there’s a radio talk show host my father listens to called

The Game

No, not that game. (But “Go Lions!” Wait, they didn’t make it, again? Damn. I’m a little behind the times here in China, if you couldn’t tell.) Back home there’s a radio talk show host my father listens to called

If 15,000 pig carcasses in the Huangpu River “meets the national sanitation standards for drinking water,” is it still kosher?

Earlier this month, workers began fishing hundreds of dead pigs out of the Huangpu river. This raised safety concerns about the river that supplies over 30% of Shanghai’s water. Authorities conducted tests and concluded there’s no problem with the water.

If 15,000 pig carcasses in the Huangpu River “meets the national sanitation standards for drinking water,” is it still kosher?

Earlier this month, workers began fishing hundreds of dead pigs out of the Huangpu river. This raised safety concerns about the river that supplies over 30% of Shanghai’s water. Authorities conducted tests and concluded there’s no problem with the water.

Shang-hostellers

I’m a big believer in hostels. I stayed in them across Europe. I worked at the biggest one in Los Angeles when I first moved to Santa Monica, and I returned to volunteer years later—creating and leading a free weekly

Shang-hostellers

I’m a big believer in hostels. I stayed in them across Europe. I worked at the biggest one in Los Angeles when I first moved to Santa Monica, and I returned to volunteer years later—creating and leading a free weekly

Nanjing Pedestrian Road

My first night in Shanghai I discovered the joys of Nanjing Pedestrian Road—imagine Fifth Avenue meets the 3rd Street Promenade. It’s a great place to people watch if you don’t mind getting harassed by the “Watch/Bag People”. The “Watch/Bag People”

Nanjing Pedestrian Road

My first night in Shanghai I discovered the joys of Nanjing Pedestrian Road—imagine Fifth Avenue meets the 3rd Street Promenade. It’s a great place to people watch if you don’t mind getting harassed by the “Watch/Bag People”. The “Watch/Bag People”

Shanghai Metro

The Shanghai Metro is one of the most rapidly expanding Metros in the world. A guy who lived in Shanghai in 2008 said it only had 7 lines before the Expo. Now it has nearly twice that many. By 2020

Shanghai Metro

The Shanghai Metro is one of the most rapidly expanding Metros in the world. A guy who lived in Shanghai in 2008 said it only had 7 lines before the Expo. Now it has nearly twice that many. By 2020

Walking in Shanghai

It was a good idea to start the trip in Taiwan, where I could gradually become accustomed to ancient Chinese traditions, such as driving on sidewalks. With traffic as it is, scooters take advantage of any and all flat surfaces.

Walking in Shanghai

It was a good idea to start the trip in Taiwan, where I could gradually become accustomed to ancient Chinese traditions, such as driving on sidewalks. With traffic as it is, scooters take advantage of any and all flat surfaces.

Side trip: Qibao

During my week in Shanghai I took a couple of side trips. To get away from the hustle of the big city, Alison suggested I take a short ride on the 9 metro to Qibao. Arriving there I wandered into

Side trip: Qibao

During my week in Shanghai I took a couple of side trips. To get away from the hustle of the big city, Alison suggested I take a short ride on the 9 metro to Qibao. Arriving there I wandered into

Jinmao Tower

I finished off my first full day in Shanghai with a visit to Jinmao Tower in Pudong New Area, the section of Shanghai east of the Huangpu River. A few decades ago Pudong was flat farmland, old warehouses, and docks

Jinmao Tower

I finished off my first full day in Shanghai with a visit to Jinmao Tower in Pudong New Area, the section of Shanghai east of the Huangpu River. A few decades ago Pudong was flat farmland, old warehouses, and docks

The French Concession

No, it’s not a Gene Hackman movie. Back in the 19th century, when the Western powers entered Shanghai, the British settled in the “Bund” area of the city, and the French in what’s now the “French Concession”. Owing to a

The French Concession

No, it’s not a Gene Hackman movie. Back in the 19th century, when the Western powers entered Shanghai, the British settled in the “Bund” area of the city, and the French in what’s now the “French Concession”. Owing to a

Shanghospitality

“If someone you just met is nice to you, they are after your money.” — German business student I had already learned that my first day. I was wandering through People’s Square taking pictures when a nice Chinese couple asked

Shanghospitality

“If someone you just met is nice to you, they are after your money.” — German business student I had already learned that my first day. I was wandering through People’s Square taking pictures when a nice Chinese couple asked