Monthly Archives: September 2010

You’ll Find Innovative Technology in Taiwan!

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Hong Kong Babies

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Congratulations to Michael & Tanja!  Newest Mum & Dad in Hong Kong! Massively proud, and delighted to be able to drop-in on you before the big day … but not the most punctual baby in the world, might I add? See all of you soon! […]

Yangtze Rail

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Kunshan station at sunset.  Along with the track hardware, the stations are impressive in their design intent. Beyond the Expo, the biggest impact to my China experience on this trip was the incredible improvements in the transport infrastructure, and in particular, the trains.  Most of […]

Shanghai Trendspotting

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Shanghai is a huge, vibrant, emergent city that has had the world’s gaze upon it for at least the last five years.  I might argue, however, that there has not been a any cultural development coming out of the city that has really influenced the […]

Britain: A Showroom for Chinese Automobiles

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There is little that is more depressing than considering the slow, lingering death of the British car industry, but in China at least, the heart of British industry beats strong.  In a complex turn of events, both Rover and MG were bought by SAIC, and […]

Zhouzhuang – Water Town

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After several years of trying (admittedly, probably not trying hard enough), I finally made it to one of the ‘Water Towns’ in the Jiangsu province, near to Shanghai.  The whole country had come to a stop to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which I understand indirectly […]

Shanghai Manners

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In Shanghai, it’s apparently oh-kay to clip your fingernails on the underground train. Apparently, it is also okay to leave a pile of clippings on the seat for the next customer. This made me physically revolt, more even than seeing people spit everywhere. Rant over.

474m, 100 Floors, 500 Posts

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And what better way to mark it than with an introduction to the skywalk in the Shanghai World Finance Center? While I had been there before, I had not had the chance to experience a death-defying encounter with a 474m drop, in the world’s highest […]

Expo Shanghai

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“China, meet World.  World, meet China.” It’s statement is pretty clear. World Fairs and Expositions are a chance for the nations of the world to trade ideas and peddle their cultural and industrial wares.  This year’s show, held in an emergent and increasingly confident Shanghai, […]

Land of the Rising Sun

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Well, it’s been a while, Shanghai, but it’s good to be back; a great night out with Gerhard and the Shanghai design mafia, and home in time to see the sunrise from the 49th floor.  I might regret this tomorrow! Before I head out. Macdonalds […]