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Old February 11th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #281
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Funny you mention this. A Japanese friend of mine was visiting me here in Germany and talking about other Asian countries than Japan or South Korea, she told me, that Japanese people find China backwards, dirty and smelly. And that they would wear masks covering their mouth and nose, while traveling there. She said it very earnestly and without any hatred towards China or something like that.
As a European who was never in Asia, I was suprised hearing something like that. I actually never thought that modern China and modern Japan would be so far apart...

I've been told all my life the the Japanese have a great sense of crises, which is exactly why they are the only Asian country that didn't fall victim to European invasion and pillaging in the 19th century. But that's not the case judging by what you said, and it has occured to me that some Japanese may have got carried away by their past success and begun to rest on their laurels.

I don't know very well how large the number of Japanese holding this ignorant yet ridiculous point of view is in percentage terms. What I do know for sure however, is that Japan is a country whose economy has been in the doldrums since 1990. Few countries, if any, have performed so miserably during the same period as the Japanese did. With its aging population and its shrinking economy being overtaken by emerging powers like China, Japan's future looks grim and its international status could sink even futher, no matter how much better and cleaner they think they are than others.

We now live in a fast-changing world with intense competition. What you achieved in the past, no matter how spectacular it might be, is no guarantee for your future success. I wonder how someone whose country is in such deep trouble can have the face/nerve to criticise and look down upon others.

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Old February 11th, 2010, 10:58 AM   #282
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Yeah, for some reason it did not run its peak speed of 430 kph.

I thought it was the fastest in China, but if it is 310, it's too slow for maglev
I have taken the this maglev many times, and half of the time it ran at 301km/h, the other half it ran at peak speed 431km/h.

I have no idea why, havent found a pattern yet.. hopefully on your trip back it will run faster. The difference is huge between 301 and 431.. at 431 the feeling is just so magnificent..
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Old February 13th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #283
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WALKING THE STREETS OF SHANGHAI
PART 1



Shanghai is known for its colonial buildings. Most are heavily concentrated at The Bund, but some of them are scattered at Huangpu District.











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Shandong Zhong Lu




Along this street is Salvo Hotel, where I stayed








In the evening, Shandong Zhong Lu is devoid of the hustle and bustle of big city life




In front of Salvo Hotel is a very good yet affordable Chinese restaurant.








Had dinner here for two nights

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Old February 13th, 2010, 03:43 PM   #286
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nice to see your trip continue!!!
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Old February 13th, 2010, 04:57 PM   #287
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Thanks Oliver... been busy lately.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 05:15 PM   #288
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Old February 13th, 2010, 08:04 PM   #289
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shanghai looks so empty during the winter! i was there last summer and the sidewalks were so packed to the point where we had to walk on the street half the time
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I noticed that too. There were not so many people in China's most populous city when I was there.
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THE BUND

Some places are forever associated with a single landmark and in the case of Shanghai it is surely the Bund. Also known as Zhongshan Lu, the Bund was the heart of colonial Shanghai, flanked on one side by the Huangpu River and on the other by the hotels, banks, offices, and clubs that were the grandoise symbols of western commercial power. Most of the old buildings are still in place and a walk along here can easily absorb a couple of pleasant hours.






Unfortunately, at my time of visit, the Bund is undergoing a major facelift in preparation for Shanghai's hosting of World Expo 2010. There was massive construction/upgrade of pavements and landscaping in front of the colonial buildings, blocking the front view of the entire stretch of the Bund.





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THE BUND

Due to construction works, I was limited to taking steeply angled and close range photos most of the time.

The Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts and Art Deco. The following are just few of these preserved buildings.


Asia Building, originally the McBain Building, was built in 1916. Today it houses the Shanghai offices of Royal Dutch Shell and Asiatic Petroleum Company.




Completed in 1916, The Union Building, houses a number of insurance companies. The six-storey buidling was the first work in Shanghai of P&T Architects & Surveyors (Palmer & Turner), and was the first building in Shanghai to use a steel structure. The building is in Neo-Renaissance style with a symmetrical facade but with some Baroque style details.










The Russel & Co. Building, now houses a Dolce & Gabana shop and China Shipping Merchant Company.





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THE BUND

The Great Northern Telegraph Corporation Building. This is the site of the first telephone switch in Shanghai in 1882.








The China Merchants Bank Building, built in 1907, housed the first Chinese-owned bank in China.





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The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building, built in 1921 and completed in 1923, is a six-storey Neo-Classical building. It now used by Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. It was once the Shanghai headquarters of HSBC, hence the name.









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THE BUND

The Customs House was built in 1927 and still remains as the customs house today. The clock and bell was built in England and an imitation of Big Ben.










The St. Petersburg Russo-Asiatic Bank Building is now the Shanghai Foreign Exchange. It was designed by German architects and built between 1901-1905 of brick and concrete composite structure. It is the earliest building equipped with tile facing, lifts and sanitary facilities in Shanghai



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The Bank of Taiwan Buidling is now the China Merchants Bank.








The North China Daily News Building is a historical Neo-Renaissance style office building and housed the most influential English-language newspaper in Shanghai at the time. At the time of its opening in 1924, it was the tallest building in Shanghai. Today it houses American International Assurance and is thus often called the AIA Building.









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THE BUND

The Chartered Bank Building housed the Shanghai headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank.








The former Palace Hotel was built in 1906 and was for a long time one of the best hotels in Shanghai until it became part of the Peace Hotel in 1949. The hotel is currently closed (since 2007) for a complete renovation. it will reopen this year (2010) under the name Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai.







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The Sassoon House was built by Sir Victor Sassoon in 1926 and completed in 1929. The top floor originally housed Sassoon's private apartment. It was, and it still is today, famous for its jazz band in its cafe. Today it forms the other part of th Peace Hotel and Citbank.




The Bank of China building, blending 1920s American and traditional Chinese styles. The building's construction was topped out in 1937.





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The Yokohama Specie Bank building, now Shanghai Textile Holding Corporation is a seven-storey building built by P&T Architects in the 1920s.











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Yangtze Insurance Association Building today houses the Shanghai branch of Agricultural Bank of China.








Jardine Matheson Buidling housed the then-powerful Jardine Matheson company.







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