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Itinerary for Shanghai (base of operations was the
Shanghai Koala Garden House, Shanghai, China [ Google Maps]):
2010/09/10 – Arrival in Shanghai (from Beijing via train D305)
2010/09/11 – EXPO 2010
2010/09/12 – Shanghai Walkabout (mostly The Bund)
2010/09/13 – EXPO 2010
2010/09/14 – Departure for Osaka (on the Su Zhou Hao)
On the train to Shanghai. My bed for the night – and I get a TV.
Another picture of the 4-bed “Soft Sleeper” cabin.
Got to Shanghai and into the city. Found the Koala Garden House…
…so it’s time for some caffeine while we wait for our room to be ready.
The EXPO is in sight…or at least the Chinese Pavilion.
In line for the Japanese Pavilion. Estimated waiting time 3.5 hours.
Signs like this…
…and this where the only things we had for entertainment over the next couple hours.
Iraq is here too. And noone tried to blow themselves up in it yet.
Found the German Pavilion.
“Normal” people have to wait 4 hours to get in.
About 19:00. It’s dark. End of EXPO Day 1.
Shanghai Day 2. Time for a day of Shanghai Walking.
Parks (that apparently have..ehm..regular drinking festivals)…
…skyscrapers with fog…
…and we found the ferry terminal (where we have to be on the 14th).
Again the skyscrapers in Pudong…this time from right across the river.
And, of course, it’s raining again.
The street in which the Koala Garden House is has a lot of old/restored buildings…
…and statues of people from the Cultural Revolution.
Back at the hostel before we’re off to the EXPO again.
Back at the EXPO (and no, we didn’t have a reservation so we couldn’t go into the Chinese Pavilion).
Did I mention that they airport-style security here. X-ray machines and metal detectors.
Into the German Pavilion through the VIP entrance (the German passport is good for something after all).
You could almost think they don’t have slides in China.
Synthetic spider-silk? So when and where can I get my bulletproof underwear made?
I’ve been to the fullsize one.
Time for the big finale (whatever it is).
Basically a big fancy light show…
…with lots of talk about balance and stuff.
Nice thing about the EXPO – there is free drinking water (if you have a bottle).
Then we ran into the EXPO Parade…
…which is a parade of all the countries – and all the poeple are played by Chinese.
Special Iceland water…at 10 times the price of a normal bottle – Yes, Island needs money.
And if you believe the Swedes then they were involved in every important invention of the last century.
A couple more pavilions (incl. this one about urban development) and it’s the end of EXPO Day 2.
Crossing the street in China is fun. The light is green, but you still have to get through…
…all the bikes and cars and buses coming from the other side.