Also, for those of you who know my obsession with never eating fast food, you should also know that I had McDonald's in China and I really enjoyed it!
China is this wonderful mixture of old and new, and thinking back over the week, we really did enjoy our trip and we will definetly go back. There is so much to soak in and learn. It is a fast-paced city just busting at the seems. It feels that they cannot modernize quickly enough, but at the same time, there is a comfort and desire to stay closer to the old China.
We spent three days in Shanghai first, spending a very full day at the World Expo, which is basically the next generation "World's Fair."
|Proud GM'er in front of the GM SAIC Pavilion, although they wouldn't let us in.|
|South Korea Paviliion. It is made up of Hanguel, the Korean characters. |
We didn't go due to a 4 hour wait.
|"No Challenging" After being in China for one week, I am sure this is not a |
mis-interpretation. This is what they meant.
|Proud to an American!|
|The Bund at night|
|Dinner on the Bund with fellow GM'ers from GM SAIC|
|View of Pudong Side Skyline|
|Shanghai Tower...just another skyscrpaer they cannot|
build fast enough!
|Future skyline of Shanghai, with the newest Shanghai Tower all|
the way on the right. The 100 story Financial building is second
from the right, looking like a bottle opener.
The last 4 days of our trip were spent in Beijing. This was the part we were really looking forward to, but Mike and I both agree, we actually enjoyed Shanghai much better.
Beijing is the capital of China and, as Washington D.C., the political center of China. There are very few skyscrapers, the city seems to be dirtier and older, there is a much larger military presence everywhere, and you see fewer people on the streets at night.
|Tian'anmen Square with view of Chairman Mao's portrait on Forbidden City|
|Cable Car up to Great Wall|
While we were in Tian'anmen Square one day, there was a Chinese protester that climbed a light pole and had a sign on his body. It was written in Chinese, so I couldn't read it, but within minutes, the guards had the area blocked off by 30 feet, effectively negating the protest, as no one could read his sign from that distance. In addition, they walked around and ordered people to stop taking pictures (including Mike!). They did not want any publicity of this! It was interesting to see how they handled the protester, especially after the events there over 20 years ago. They did not use force, but effectively handled the situation and brought a fire truck to get him down from the light pole.
One of my favorite things about China was that there are as many bikes and rickshaws as there are cars. I took some pictures to show you some of my favorite bikes.
And of course, the Home of the Beijing Olympics...
China is a wonderful country with a history of Dynasties that date back to BC times. There have been many conquerings of China, switching of dynasties and devastation to the Chinese people over these 2000 years. If you get a chance to even read the intro in the China travel books, take it. It is fascinating and will offer a different perspective to the "lead paint in our kid's toys, salmonella in our dog food, cheap manufacturing" China we all think of in the US.