If you’re flying from Taipei to a major city in China, Japan, or South Korea, Songshan Airport is far closer and more convenient than the main one in Taoyuan. The check-in, security, and immigration processes usually take me less than fifteen minutes thanks to the lower number of flights that go from there and the cheerful and friendly staff.
I’m looking forward to leaving for Shanghai tomorrow to attend the China International Industry Fair at the National Exhibition and Convention Center before hopping over to Hangzhou for Empower Digital China being held by Alibaba.
I forgot to include The Soong Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave to my list of memorable books about China. While the prose is a tad too purple in places for my taste, the book provides a riveting account of the extraordinary lives of the three Soong sisters, Soong Ai-ling, Soong Ching-ling, and Soong Mei-ling, who had such an enormous impact on the history of China during the first half of the Twentieth Century.
Shanghai of the 1930’s was a city of extremes: home to some of the richest tycoons on the planet and millions of poor Chinese laborers and their families struggling to survive on the pittances they were paid for grinding away in its docks and factories.
Dockless bike sharing services have become such a fixture of the streets of China’s cities that municipal governments are finally taking steps to rein in the most egregious aspects of anti-social behavior by inconsiderate users who simply leave their contraption anywhere when they have reached their destination. Judging by some of the sights I came across during my recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing, they are starting to make some progress – but they still have some way to go before they take back the streets. Continue reading Dockless bike sharing services: a light-touch approach
I never get tired of exploring the old back alleys of Shanghai. Continue reading Shanghai Back Alleys
I can’t say I really like its name, but the Cool Docks development on the Shanghai South Bund is a pleasant place to hang out in – with plenty of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants to (as the complex brochure says) “satiate all your senses”. Continue reading Shanghai Cool Docks
Whenever I’m in Shanghai, I enjoy nothing more than wandering the around the bustling streets just behind the Bund. Continue reading Streets of Shanghai