In the first half of January I’d normally be in China attending company events in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen celebrating the impending arrival of the Lunar New Year. This year, of course, that isn’t possible so all our events will be virtual.
While I can’t say that I’ll miss the early morning rides to the airport, the security lines, or the flight delays, I would have enjoyed catching up with my team members in person and thanking them for their outstanding work in rising to the past year’s many challenges. No matter how far remote working technology has progressed, it still doesn’t quite deliver the impact of face-to-face communication! Continue reading Notes from the field: a virtual build up to the Lunar New Year
There was plenty of action this morning at the weekly Sunday book market held at the Shanghai Confucius Temple. Plenty of blasts from the revolutionary past piled on the vendors’ tables as well. As I browsed through the books, comics, magazines, and other mementos, I felt like I was back in China as a student in the mid-1980s. There’s nothing like a touch of nostalgia to rejuvenate the body and mind.
Although the origins the Shanghai Confucius Temple go as far back as 1294, the complex has been moved to a number of different sites and undergone multiple reconstructions since that time. The current incarnation has a charming southern Chinese architectural style that’s easy on the eye. The graceful curves of its russet halls and pavilions stand in stark contrast to the towering steel and concrete blocks surrounding it. Continue reading Notes from the field: Sunday Book Market at Shanghai Confucius Temple
I didn’t get much of a chance to explore new places in China this year, but I’m glad that I did at least manage to make it to Wuzhen (乌镇), one of the most famous ancient water towns located less than a two-hour high speed train ride from Shanghai.
Wuzhen was a prosperous trading center during the Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties thanks to its location along the Grand Canal, which was once the main transportation route connecting Hangzhou and Beijing. Most recently, it has turned itself into a popular tourism destination following extensive renovations to the stunning architecture of the old town center, attracting over 1.5 million visitors a year. Continue reading 2019 highlights: exploring the charms of Wuzhen ancient water town
The China International Industry Fair held in Shanghai last week provided us with the perfect opportunity to unveil our new family of VIA Edge AI systems powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 820E Embedded Platform that we are rolling out in Q4 this year. Continue reading VIA Edge AI systems unveiled in Shanghai at China International Industry Fair
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.
Continue reading When the travel gods smile on you
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.
Continue reading From Shanghai to Hangzhou: China International Industry Fair and Alibaba Empower Digital China
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.
Continue reading The Soong Dynasty
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.
Continue reading City of Devils: a Shanghai noir
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’m back to my favorite hotel in Shanghai, the Jin Jiang Pacific, enjoying some vintage 1930’s-style luxury after taking my first ever ride on a Chinese High Speed Train from Wuxi. Continue reading Fast track to Shanghai