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Shanghai, the capital of the future April 20, 2019

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Check out this story on the Global and Mail:

Welcome to Shanghai, the capital of the future

http://flip.it/LhVsvN from Flipboard.

The moment I finished reading this article I wrote the following to my kids:

Did I see this kind of growth when I bought the apartment in Pudong?

No.

Am I surprised at the level of urbanization happened over the past 34 years since I first visited The Bund in 1985?

Absolutely.

Am I happy that I made that decision to buy that small apartment so that it acts as a conduit to physically connect you all to our root in China?

Definitely.

Did we enjoy our stays in Shanghai over the past eight years since we bought that place?

Of course.

Mom and I will definitely make more use of the apartment in the future and you might want to consider coming for a visit sometime.

The glamour of the modern Pudong financial district. The Bund across the Huangpu Jiang (river,黃浦江) from Pudong retains the attractive and mystical, to me at least, image of the 1930 Shanghai.

Xintiandi (新天地), Tianzifang (田子坊), Chenghuang Miao (城隍廟), Nanjing East Road promenade (南京東路步行街), The Bund(外灘), Pudong’s Riverside Promenade (濱江大道) and many other attractions are the places we like to go. we don’t go there to shop. We just go there to soak in the nostalgic vibe and at the same time the vibrant atmosphere of a growing, expanding and modern city.

The High Speed Railroad (高鐵) makes Shanghai an ideal starting point to visit many cities around China such as Hangzhou (杭州), Suzhou (蘇州), Beijing (北京), silk road (絲路), Lijiang & Shangri-La (麗江,香格里拉 which Mom and I are going in 2 weeks).

Taking a train to Moscow is not out of the question either.

Then there are myriad of foods from many regions in China and around the world which one can sample from road side cafes, street vendors, boutique eateries and many fancy restaurants by world famous chefs.

Shopping in Shanghai should be done selectively because it isn’t as cheap as even five years ago. Fortunately, Mom has realized that, at our age, expensive and compulsive shopping is something which should be limited now.

Living in Taiwan is very comfortable, extremely affordabl and convinient but the island is too small and the future too unclear to not worry about it.

Well, we can’t wait to get back to Shanghai.

Are you hungry for something hot? July 26, 2017

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The Super Brand Mall, Pudong, Shanghai,正大廣場

See pig fly November 13, 2016

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Just kidding.

Pink piggy at The Grand Mall, Pudong, Shanghai.

Taco in Shanghai? October 23, 2016

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Tacos are coming! Tacos are coming!

Yes, you heard it first here: Taco Bell is coming to Lujiazui.

“Live mas!” instead of “Think Outside The Bun.” Good luck.

No kidding.

This big new TB restaurant will be right by Exit 2 of Lujiazui Metro Station of Line 2 in Pudong.

Thousands of people come to Lujiazui everyday via Metro Line 2 and Taco Bell will be right there to welcome everyone.

I just don’t know how many people will stop by and see what a taco is. Most people will probably just walk right by and take a peek of what’s inside.

Will Taco Bell modify its menu to lure Chinese.customers to its flagship store? Will there be pork tacos instead of the regular beef taco? Will TB offer free chips? Will TB offer french fries? I wonder what kind of marketing and taste-tests will TB do before opening this store? Will this store be the first one TB opens in China.

Pizza Hut is doing well in some areas of Shanghai. Papa John’s isn’t. KFC is doing great in many restaursnts in Pudong and Shanghai probably because chicken is well liked by Chinese people and eating deep fried chicken; crust, fat and juicy dark meat, makes people satisfied.

Taco? I doubt it. Just like Home Depot which backed out of China after a few years.of losing big in China.

But, TB has to try even though I don’t think it has a prayer.

Chiptole will do great in China.

夜遊陸家嘴 October 14, 2016

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我們去浦東正大廣場辦事。在樓下一家台灣人開的’不起滷肉飯’吃了滷肉飯。吃了飯我們就往江邊走,遙望浦西外灘的景色,然後順著江邊的路往黃浦江的上游走,去了以前沒有去過的地方。

以前我們看浦東陸家嘴都是由東方明珠前面天橋那裏看。這一次我們換個角度看浦東陸家嘴。

這是從 ifc,International Financial Center,邊上的天橋照的。這種血紅顏色的東還是第一次看到。左邊的建築物是中國海關。

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這是浦東江邊的湯臣一品大樓。應該是上海最貴的豪宅。它就在上海中心的邊上。

大概人民幣十八萬一平方米。目前,一美元可以換6.65人民幣,而一平方米是10.76平方英尺。

簡單的計算一下,湯臣一品的平均單位價差不多是$2,500/sq ft。超貴的。

以下兩張是搜房網站上的照片。

人民幣1.6億差不多是兩千四百萬美金。597坪是6,422 sq ft.

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這是在濱江大道上的一家上海餐館。就在湯臣一品的對面,隔著一條街。價錢其實非常合理。下次有機會可以來試一試。

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這是上海中心的相片。我們走到它的前面照的。非常好看。

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這是一家在黃浦江上的廣東餐廳。非常大,生意非常好。上面兩層都是包廂,可能有八十間。我們看到四個婚禮,兩個生日宴會。底樓說不定可以容納七,八百人同時吃飯。厲害。

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這是浦西外灘的夜景。江水在廣東飯店的霓虹燈照耀下顯得更為美麗。浦西已經不止外灘燈火通明了。往上游,高樓已經蓋到豫園。往下游,已經蓋到大遊輪停靠的航運大廈。

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左邊的大樓是黃浦江的遊輪碼頭。來往黃浦江兩岸的渡輪也在這裏上下。
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上海中心

這幾張照片是浦東最有創意的摩天大樓,由左往右依次是金茂大廈,上海環球金融中心和上海中心。

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這是 ifc 底層購物中心的內景。全都是只能外面看,不能進去買的店子。購物中心裏面有七,八上十家高級餐廳。有幾家是 Michelin 上榜的餐廳。有幾家是中國菜。少不得要來看看。

Disney Resort, Shanghai September 27, 2016

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This was actually an exploratory trip. 

We weren’t planing to visit the resort because, even at 82 degrees F, it was still pretty hot under a bright autumn sun. We came here just to see the surrounding area and checked out businesses around the subway stations on the way to Disney. 

We first stopped by the station prior to Disney but it didn’t have any restaurants and the entire area seemed like a light industry area. We hopped onto the next subway and continued to Disney. Walking to the resort entrance and Disney Town, shops and restaurants, from the station took about 5 minutes. We didn’t see shuttles running on this Monday at noon.

Shanghai Disney metro station.

The first thing we did was to find a place for a quick bite. I was hungry and couldn’t wait. There were several options, a food court serving mostly Chinese dishes, Cheesecake Factory, a more or less high end Shanghai restaurant called 小南國, a sandwich shop, a pizza join, a Japanese restaurant, Wolfgang Puck and a bar/restaurant called Blue Frog. 


We picked WP because I wanted to see what kind of place this well-known international chef had for Chinese resort goers even though I don’t really like him. It is a personal thing.

Before I decided to walk in, I asked the young hostess at yhe door whether the restaurant was normally busy. She said that they are usually very busy and often have people waiting to get in at dinner time.


I picked  a family combo for us and wanted to order a pasta dish too. The young waitress told me that the combo what was enough for the two of us.


Well, there is only one word to describe what we had: odd. 

It was a strange combo indeed:

A salad, four pan-fried dumplings, a 10-inch pizza and a bowl of fried rice. See for yourself.

Everything seemed different and strange from what we were accoustomed to in the U.S. The ginger-soy dressing was light in taste and not very salty with very little ginger flavor. There was a lot of cabbage in the middle of spring mix. Pork dumplings were nicely made and the dipping sauce was great: intense flavor. Fried rice was bad: it looked bad and tasted bad. It was soaked in soy sauce but didn’t have any MSG. But, 不是我吹牛,I can do a lot better job than what you see in the picture. 

The BBQ chicken Pizza was too sweet and too bland to me. WP probably did it to cater to Chinese people’s taste just like Chinese restaurant in the U.S. use a lot of sugar and sweet.dauce to satisfy Americans’ taste buds. It didn’t have much chicken or anthing else for that matter. 

In short, this Wolfgang Puck rendition of salad/dumpling/fried rice/pizza combo was totally off base: no harmony among the dishes and no balance on the tastes. Presentation of the fried rice was aweful and it looked like a product from a street vendor. Instead of a take-out box, WP Disney used a cheap white plate. The pizza/salad and the dumpling/fried rice combo shouldn’t be served at the same table. Not at WP Disney at least. 

Bad choice on my part. Maybe it was me who wasn’t thinking right when I placed my order.

The Disney resort and the surrounding area were pretty. The lake, the boardwalk around the lake, the half-moon shape, glass-bottom bridges, the grand resort hotel and the Wishing Star Park all looked new, clean and well-maintained.


But the management of the entire resort; the Disney metro station, the resort hotel and the resort itself, seemed to want to make it difficult for resort vistors to use.

The resort hotel was closed for walk-ins. To stay at the resort hotel, reservations have to be made online before coming here. We couldn’t go there for a cup of coffee or a glass of beer because reservation has to be made on line first. The gate to the hotel is locked from the boardwalk and was guarded by a security personnel. 


There were 6 exits/entrances to the metro station but visitors can’t enter the station from numbers 2 or number 4 in the middle of the station because they were exits. After we walked 100 more yards to the entrances at the end of the station, part of the access stairs to the station were closed off to visitors. An additional 50 yards were needed to enter the ramp to the station below. 


No shuttle buses were offered to people who arrived at the resort via subway when we got there on a Monday. Maybe the restrictions we faced on a slow day will be relaxed on weekends or holidays when more vistors are here.

My wife told me that the CEO of Wanda Entertainment, the largest entertainment company in China, once said that he will beat Shanghai Disney in terms of attracting more visitors to their respective amusment parks in or near Shanghai. From my casual observation on a not-too-busy Monday afternoon here, Wanda’s CEO may have a point. Disney looked under-utilized but my opinion may well be wrong if I came on a weekend.I will look into this further on the web later.

I don’t think I will pay for the steep entrance price(~¥500/day for adult) so that I can see the castle close by and fireworks after sun goes down. Of course, I won’t do any rides and I don’t care much about the mice either. Then, Disney really don’t have me on their target list too.



棒!約翰 Pizza, Papa John’s September 23, 2016

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Business was very slow on a Tuesday night at Papa John’s at the Chamtime Shopping Center in Zhsngjiang, Pudong New District in Shanghai. It was about 15 minutes away from my apartment by foot. We come here often to eat and to walk after our meals.

I was afraid that it might be in danger of closing its door soon. Maybe we should give it a try so that it could last a little longer.

There were a total of four two-tops including us the entire time when we were there. Other restaurants near by had people waiting in line to get in even after we had finished our meal. 

We has a medium combo pizza, roasted mushroom and a large bowl of Jambalaya.

Pizza tasted like the ones we had in the U.S. but not as salty. Cheese was good. Crust was chewy. Mushroom tasted different even though it was roasted with lots of butter. I think it didn’t have enough spice nor it had enough salt. Jambalaya was great and I dare to say that it was even better than the ones we had.in the U.S. 

Of course, we couldn’t finish what we have ordered and the left over would be our lunch tomorrow.

I don’t think we will come back to here again.

浦東張江啤酒節 September 9, 2016

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It was a warm and humid Friday night when my wife dragged me out of our apartment to fulfill our ‘un-official’ and belated resolution: walk 10,000 steps every day.

When we lived in Virginia, we rarely walked on a regular basis because it was simply not practical. Everywhere we went, we just hopped into our car and drove there: work, picking up grocery, eating out, visiting friends and shopping. Public transportation was not convenient at all: buses weren’t frequent enough to rely on, subway stations in many areas were too far apart and only a small area of the region could be reached by the subway system. Walking in the evening or during the weekend around our neighborhood became the only form of exercise when we could find some time to do it.

Shanghai is different in many ways. The vast majority of the 23 million people who live here rely on public transportation: city buses, local buses provided by shopping centers and a convenient and ever expanding subway system. Since we do not own a car and have no plan to ever get one, subway becomes our primary means to get around the city. We use taxi when it is too far to walk or when we are too tired to walk that last mile. Of course, we will take taxi when the subway is not operating after 11:30 pm in the evening.
When we arrived at the Huizhi Shopping Mall, we found ourselve walked into a beer festival completed with beer, food stalls, several stands selling discount clothes and a live band playing on stage.

We were delighted to immense ourselves into the festivity, listen to the band but skip the beer and food. Various bands played the entire evening and the bands were still playing after the shopping center closed at 10 pm.

We had a good time after we made our goal and came back the next day for more.

浦東張江啤酒節 September 9, 2016

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It was a warm and humid Friday night when my wife dragged me out of our apartment to fulfill our ‘un-official’ and belated resolution: walk 10,000 steps every day.

When we lived in Virginia, we rarely walked on a regular basis because it was simply not practical. Everywhere we went, we just hopped into our car and drove there: work, picking up grocery, eating out, visiting friends and shopping. Public transportation was not convenient at all: buses weren’t frequent enough to rely on, subway stations in many areas were too far apart and only a small area of the region could be reached by the subway system. Walking in the evening or during the weekend around our neighborhood became the only form of exercise when we could find some time to do it.

Shanghai is different in many ways. The vast majority of the 23 million people who live here rely on public transportation: city buses, local buses provided by shopping centers and a convenient and ever expanding subway system. Since we do not own a car and have no plan to ever get one, subway becomes our primary means to get around the city. We use taxi when it is too far to walk or when we are too tired to walk that last mile. Of course, we will take taxi when the subway is not operating after 11:30 pm in the evening.
When we arrived at the Huizhi Shopping Mall, we found ourselve walked into a beer festival completed with beer, food stalls, several stands selling discount clothes and a live band playing on stage.


We were delighted to immense ourselves into the festivity, listen to the band but skip the beer and food. Various bands played the entire evening and the bands were still playing after the shopping center closed at 10 pm.


We had a good time after we made our goal and came back the next day for more.

上海奇熱無比 July 22, 2016

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上海現在天氣:

溫度:95 degrees F

濕度:65%

感覺:122 gegrees F

台北現在天氣:

溫度:89 degrees F

濕度:78%

感覺:108 gegrees F

台中現在天氣:

溫度:78 degrees F

濕度:96%

感覺:84 gegrees F

我本來還想夏天來上海避暑納涼呢。

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