Shanghai Travel Guide - Page 2
Last year there were rumors kicking around about a Disney park being built in Shanghai. At this time, thereís still no solid plans to get Mickey and friends a passport, but there are some other fictional characters looking to call China home in 2010. The stories of Hans Christian Andersen are set to come alive in a theme park that would open just in time for the 2010 Word Expo. The park will begin to welcome guests on May 11óthe 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Denmark.
The park certainly wonít be the biggest and best theme park, but 20 acres will be dedicated to characters from stories like the Little Mermaid and the Emperorís New Clothes. Itís important to remember that thereís no fresh crab sidekick in Andersenís story of a girl under the sea, so if youíre looking for Ariel, youíll just have to wait until Disney builds their park. The ride and attraction details are lacking at this point, so we donít know if the Ugly Duckling will be making an appearance in roller coaster form.
What are you doing on August 8? Since it won't be 08-08-08 like last year, we're going to assume that you're not either getting married or attending a wedding, so why not hop to the opening of China's largest theme park? The Happy Valley park, just outside of Shanghai in Sheshan, the 900,000 square-meter (that's 9,687,520 square feet!) park will have discounted admission through mid-September, so it's alright if you don't rush on opening day.
For adrenaline junkies, the Happy Valley park will have a mine coaster, a diving coaster, and China's first wooden coasterthey're still making these things? called the "Fireball," which we'd hope never ends up as an actual fireball. That's it there in the picture above.
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Everyone knows that the iPhone is made in China, but how about the fact that they actually available for sale in the country of their birth and won't be for a while yet. The glut of iPhones available elsewhere however, has created a black market back in China where sales of pricey knockoffs flourish and mules import the real deal for premium cash.
Yesterday, according to Shanghaiist, it looked like there was hope on the horizon for iPhones in China as a major phone company announced a preliminary agreement with Apple for exclusive rights to the iPhone in China for three years, at a cost of $439 each handset.
Meanwhile, the iClones with such names as "Hi-Phone" and "Ai Feng"which means "crazy love"continue to fly off the shelves in shady shops. When last we were in China, we sought some out and can report that they are very good replicas, but a the feel and performance of an Ai Feng still lacks the quiet panache of the real deal. We'd recommend not giving into the temptation of adding one to your souvenir pile.
· Another false start for the arrival of the iPhone to China [Shanghaiist]
· China's red-hot iPhone black market [Gizmodo]
· Five Must-See Apple Stores In The World [Jaunted]
· iPhone Coverage [Jaunted]
Last night, or at 8:53am in China, a total solar eclipse covered much of Southeast Asia in daytime darkness for just over 6 minutes. Specifically affecting eastern China, Nepal and India, the eclipse was the longest of the 21st century thus far and made for some great photographer meet-ups.
In Shanghai, a group gathered for a unique brunch on the roof of the famous M On The Bund Restaurant to capture the spectacle; ChinaTravel.net then points out their amazing photosof the eclipse itself and then of the resulting, eerie darkness.
Some cities look at this economic downturn and see the collapse of their tourism industries; Shanghai sees dollar and yen signs. China's biggest city is aiming to take over the luxury business market while it's on sale, even as next year's World Expo looms large.
Just as its fellow countrymen in Beijing did a general tidy in advance of last year's Olympics, Shanghai hotels and outfitters are cranking up their luxury offerings even in a time when there may not be anyone to enjoy them. The centenarian Peace Hotel is getting a major facelift, and a brand new all-glass cruise terminal opened in November to pull in shore excursions from far and wide.
Planning on hitting up Shanghai next year for the World Expo, but feeling the grasp of tightened budgets? If the city of Shanghai has its way and, ah hem, trains its locals properly, you may get to score lodging and cultural activities for a mere 100 RMB ($14) a day! How is this possible in a city rapidly catching up to other world capitals on pricing? It's simple; Shanghai is going to do exactly as we said and train some local families to be host guests in a traditional Shanghaiese manner.
$315 one-way may not seem like such great shakes, but it's way below what other carriers have asked for the same route. Pick among 9 cities (including hub Houston, New Orleans and Washington D.C.) to the largest city in China. Just don't forget your stretches: It's a 14-and-a-half hour nonstop from Newark.
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Didn't make it to Beijing last summer for the Olympics? Well buck up, as rival city Shanghai will spend all of this summer and some of the fall trying to lure you to their World Expo, which is kind of like the Olympics without the athletes.
The 2010 Expo will not only feature a temporary city of international pavilions and amusements for the tourists, but thanks to the "Better City Better Life" theme, Shanghai itself will benefit by gaining a rail link between its two far-flung airports, Pudong (PVG) and Hongqiao (SHA).
Happy St. Patrick's Day! That is, if you can still manage to read the computer screen straight. Although sadly most of us will have to work a full day before setting out on an equally fully night, St. Patrick's Day at least guarantees a riotous (sometimes literally) good time will be had by all.
This goes not only for Chicago with its green river, New York with its sober parade, or Dublin where it's almost like any other day, but the Irish spirit can even be found healthy and happy in Shanghai, China.
When planning a trip to cultural hotspot Shanghai, you will invariably encounter the the simple yet enigmatic name of the city's most luxurious shopping and dining destination, 3 On the Bund. Occupying the stately Union Building on Shanghai's Bund, a thoroughfare running alongside the Huangpu River, No. 3 began welcoming the moneyed locals and well-heeled tourists back in 2004.
At first, No. 3 was a revolutionary repurposing of one of the Bund buildings, the strip of which had fallen from grace over the years and were rapidly descending into disrepair and vacant space. After the introduction of upscale dining with M on the Bund and the Shanghai Gallery of Art, the Michael Graves-designed spaces filled up with 5-star tenant after 5-star tenant.
Are you ready to expand your palate? Put down that steak and look beyond the salad plate at the world's best vegetarian restaurants.
It was a monk who originally founded Gong De Lin, arguably Shanghai's oldest vegetarian restaurant. And while the menu may not look particularly veggie friendly, don't be fooled: All the meat on the menu is bean curd, sometimes meat-shaped for your amusement.
Even classic Chinese whole-animal dishes like pig bowels and chicken feet have been rendered in veggie forms, creating an experience some vegetarians actually find too real to be enjoyed. Many of the sauces include local mushrooms, which add a "meaty" flavor to dishes like shrimp balls and spring chickens. For dessert, try the fried and caramelized pineapple.
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Of all places, China seems like the last that would need a snazzy bike-sharing system. But officials are indeed kicking off a cycling scheme, similar to the Velib program in Paris, in hopes of getting people moving by pedal power.
Shanghai transit authorities launched the new system to coincide with World Car Free Day a couple weeks ago, and they're looking to get the citizens excited for the theme of the 2010 World Expo, "Better City, Better Life."
To encourage short trips and fast turnover the first half hour will be free; you'll pay up to three yuan (50 cents) an hour after that. There's also a 200 yuan ($29) deposit per rental, as a friendly reminder that, uh, it's not your bike.
· Bike-sharing's Biggest Friend: Shanghai [Bike-sharing Blog]
· Shanghai Launches Paris-style Bicycle Rental Program [AFP, via Google]
· Bike Sharing Travel: Options around the World [Jaunted]
[Photo of Vancouver's shared bikes: sillywailo]