Hello social media world, I am back. Both from my Asian adventure in China and in the www-world. Unfortunatley neither Facebook, twitter or wordpress worked out for me in the far east but I was not bothering to much about it and instaed ejoyed some digital detox except from instagram. So what have I done then? On Wednesday I started the trip in my absolute favorite aircraft, Airbus A380 with destination Shanghai. I watched the first episode of Boradchurch then I fell asleep and woke up when it was time to touch down. The first thing I saw was yellow air. Not that impressive. But the trip got better.
It was seven years ago since I was in Shanghai and it was a new city now. I first noticed that the subwaysystem, like in any other Asian city, was a real subway system and not just two lines. Then all construction cranes in the innercity circle was gone. The city was covered with new high rising buildings and the charming side was gone almost everywhere. Really, really sad I have to say.
During the days I was walking around at the famous places and just felt the asian atmosphere. Did what I felt for, ended up in a lot of Asian peoples photobooks, took a lot of pictures, looked for old and chinese cultural spots, randomly met some canadians that was in China for teaching English, tryed out real dumplings and just had a good time.
Of course I also tried a bit of running in Shanghai and my runs turned out very well so now I decided to run Womens halfmarathon on Saturday. I will write about the runtours at utochspring.com. But running in Shanghai was an interesting story.
I also passed by Xintiandi but the rest of the main tourist attractions I skipped out since I already had been there. But the houses in that area, I love them, can watch them for ages. But more interesting was that some old Shanghai unique pieces were still left in the area and not transformed into shoppingmalls or condos.
Then I have to say that the weather was not perfect. The first day when I arrived it was really bad airquality, the second day it was okey – grey with some signs of blue sky but overall okey, the third day it was humid and rained from time to time and the fourth day was the same as the second so I changed my travelplan and did not went to Hangzhou to explore the West lake since it was supposed to be heavy rain there and instaed I took the Lufthansa flight home last night. But the Shanghai trip was really cool and I enjoyed coming back and see how the city had developed the last years. When I studdied at the university in Seoul I took a course in marketing called “Place marketing in Asia” and it was fun to see that the visions from that time now is reality although I have many opinions about the development of Shanghai but that will be a separate blogpost. With so much impressions, thoughts and insights about China it will take me a while to melt it. China, I think it is a really fashinating country and it was definitley not my last visit to there. Next time I will for sure also explore the countryside.
/ Pernilla that is back from Chinaadventures