Shanghai has a land mass similar to the US state of Delaware but a population size similar to that of Australia (around 24 million). It’s absolutely no surprise that quiet spots are nigh-on impossible; that attempting to walk becomes an exercise in avoidance and dodging; that national holidays cause a mass migration that any transportation network would struggle to cope with. The week ahead is China’s mid-Autumn festival (or “Moon Festival”) where the majority of the population has a full-week off work and mooncakes are given as gifts. Those on holiday relax locally or head out on travels to other parts of China, but most definitely . The office is going to be strange next week, populated pretty-much by the UK team only.
For Sunday lunch, Alex had booked us a table in the Radisson Hotel’s revolving restaurant. One of the better ways to get a few different views of Shanghai’s various neighbourhoods – and to understand how 24 million people manage to live in one city. Eating a meal with changing scenery was a new experience for me, but a little disconcerting for a few of us when the restaurant started to revolve back the other way and eventually stopped (a hint, I think, to leave). A relaxing way to end the short weekend after the working day on Saturday, and Saturday night’s failed attempt to visit a few different places (alas: one new bar then back to Sailor’s for fish & chips).
By normal standards, a fairly uneventful week – but that’s not entirely true. A very eventful week at work with another trip to the warehouse with Anny central to it. But then again, this isn’t a work blog…
Cooler temperatures mean we can be out and about exploring again without melting. Us in shorts and t-shirts; the locals in coats.