Local food



One thing I learned in Mongolia was: never ever eat the local food. So here I am in Shanghai, enjoying a delightful Häagen-Dazs breakfast while mobile blogging.

I would not trade this for a local dumpling, no matter what.

Blogging from 350 meters



Oriental Pearl Tower! Wheee!

Well, actually, it's more like "uuuh" than "wheee". Crowded and warm. But quite a spectacular view of Shanghai. "Asia's tallest tower" said the lady in the flight attendant uniform operating the elevator. No Finnish Kone elevator though but one by Otis.

Lifestyle Living Goods



That is what they seem to call the department where they DON'T sell clothes: "Lifestyle Living Goods". Six floors with nothing but clothes and then everything else crammed into the seventh floor wich is also the top floor at this particular department store. By size and style, it puts most American and European stores to shame - but what is it with this obsession with clothes?

Wanhangdu Lu #246 / Sony PSP



An English magazine here in Shanghai - That'sShanghai (www.thatssh.com) - had a two page spread about game consols and portable game devices. They presented a number of devices, including the hard-to-find Sony PSP, and next to each presentation they mentioned that it could be bought at stall number 246 on Wanhangdu Lu.

Street names are presented in both English and Chinese in Shanghai, in an attempt to make the city feel more international. A nice touch, but when streets seem to change name at random every now and then, it doesn't help that much. I started out a couple of blocks from the shop, but there "Wanhangdu" was called something else, so it took a while before I found it.

Faster, Longer, Higher...



... or whatever that olympic thingie was before it became "money, money, money". Both slogans fit Shanghai as well.

Resting my feet and enjoying a $6 watermelon smoothie at the Marriot hotel lounge bar on the 38th floor.

This city grows at an incredable rate. The dark building in the lower left of the picture, is Park Hotel - the tallest building in Shanghai until quite recently and now a dwarf in comparison with all the skyscrapers that have sprung up in the last 10-15 years.