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Old 26th May 2009, 14:03   #16
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wonderful thread. some really nice photos. The overall infra in China is years ahead of our country :( . Wish we get the ball rolling in all earnest.
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Old 26th May 2009, 14:11   #17
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Damn, that maglev is fast, very very fast. Wow.

Nice pics of Chinkiland. Waiting for more.
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Ajmat, you could have really earned our applause by posting snaps in higher resolution. These are so tiny!

That apart, i like your writing style - short and crisp.

Infrastructure in China and the general cleanliness going by the snaps seems to be light years ahead of what we see in our country.
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Old 26th May 2009, 16:07   #19
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After a relaxing morning at the spa and hearty buffet breakfast, it is time to explore. I decide to visit the TV tower and make my way down.

The concierge is not sure about getting there. He asks a taxi driver who explains that I need to pay a fee of 50rmb. We make our way there. The area approaching there is quite hilly, there are trams, it resembles San Francisco. I pay and am dropped at the tower.

I take in the view and take the elevator. Apologies, some of the pics are through greasy windows

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This is the main city. Note the football in the Laobang Park. A nice garden with an amusement park in it. Note the ways to get there. More on this

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A lot of the Forest has been retained.

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Peoples Square
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Old 26th May 2009, 16:21   #20
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..and a few more


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Revolutionary Heroes Memorial

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Wonderful write and it gives us a Birds eye view of Chinese advancement.
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Nice write-up & pics!

China is developing at a fast pace.
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Old 26th May 2009, 18:08   #23
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wonderful thread. some really nice photos. The overall infra in China is years ahead of our country :( . Wish we get the ball rolling in all earnest.
These guys think 20 years ahead. Our guys think not beyond the governments term
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Old 26th May 2009, 18:09   #24
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A brilliant guided tour of china, maybe you can increase the square foot area of the pic a tad bit please.
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I come out of the tower and have different options

1: Walk down or take a taxi, boring boring boring
2: Chair cable car - so slow
3: Slide down 1 km on a sled

I'm a BHP'ian, its a no brainer

This cost 40rmb. You sit on a sled (which are sent up on the chair car). A joy stick controls the speed and slide. Bit mindful that I got my camera in my back pack.
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Attendant shows me in sign language and I am off, bank on the right, hoo boy it is fun and suddenly, a couple come out of the bush (don't ask!). I brake and then need to build momentum. Over the bridge and whizz down the hill.

Like good things, it is over too fast!

I wander around the park

These guys are football crazy
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There is an amusement park and a normal park with a huge Buddha.
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I keep trying to take pics but too many people posing.

"Old man sayee, waitee and time will comee"

And it does and I get a pic or two
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The path going down has statues of different animals from the Chinese New Year
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I then spot a bell. I cannot resist a push to invoke God, trouble, anything.
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I look around the garden and decide to walk back to the hotel. I got to review some papers.

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I then passed through a market

Reached Zhongshan Square. This is a big square. 10 different roads merge into it. The government buildings built by the Japanese surround it. Some perspectives of old + new can be observed. The square is used for cultural performances, live bands etc.
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Old 26th May 2009, 19:15   #27
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ajmat made for an excellent read and please don't be a miser, post larger pictures for the benefit of lesser mortals like us.

Also whats with the last picture,you seem to be holding onto something dear (pun intended) .
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Get to the hotel. Feel restless so pick up laptop and work from a Starbucks.

Evening comes - gorge on a lovely buffet courtesy of the hotel who subsidies it since I completed a survey.

Time for a walk to Friendship Square to see the Ball lit up. It is a challenge trying to catch the pixels. Watch the fun!
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Old 27th May 2009, 11:25   #29
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Need to visit the plant in the Dalian Development Area - 40km away. I plan to move to a hotel over there

Take a cab to the Inn Fine Hotel - a chintzy Chinese/ Jap hotel

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Room is not ready so I tell the bell boy to leave it in the room and go to oue new factory coming up

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It looks gorgeous. Walk in and wow. This is happening (sorry about the lack of flash but did not want to make a big thing about my camera so used the mobile)

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Went in for a series of meetings. Finished a little early so time to get home

Go to reception

"cOuld you call a taxi please?

"No, we can't!"

"Eh"

"We are not supposed to"

"How do I get home? "

"Take the shuttle bus at 5.30"

"Where do they go?"

"We don't know!"

"What do I do!"

they laugh...it ain't funny. One of them comes out with me and flags one of China's equivalent of a maxicab. She is about to tell them where to make me get off when a girl from Intel, gets on the bus. She offers take car.

20 min later (was like on a Chinese KSRTC bus including stopping to check coolant!). We stop at a junction. She hails a cab and I get to the hotel!

Whew! ...and I need to go to office again tomorrow and also catch a flight. I can't take the hit and miss chance. So I decide to leave earlier for Shanghai (instead of 6pm, work from Hotel leave around 12). However, the airlines office are closed so I don't know what to do as check oout is tomorrow 12. I realise - China is shut for the day but not India. I get on IM with my admin and she gets the travel agent to sort my flight out. I get email confirmation and relieved. I postpone tomorrow meetings to the next week which I can close on phone.

Now time to destress!
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Destress - I seek relief and find this in the bathroom


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Unfortunately all instructions are in Chinese or Japanese. I press buttons, nothing happens. Feb up, I sit down and the buttons work. Some proximity sensor seems to activate things.

I discover that it has His and Her water jets, temp control and jet intensity, so one has options of going to the moon or to heaven..or something like that

Decide to go for a work out in the gym located in a health club next door.

Return to find a "ladee offering massaj" lurking in the corridor.

no thanks, I have the water jets

Grab dinner and time to crash
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