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  • Day22

    Shanghaï et le Coronavirus

    January 31, 2020 in China ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Plus célèbre en ce moment que la bière du même nom : le Corona virus !
    Comment ça ce n'est pas le bon moment pour voyager en Chine ? C'est vrai que nous sommes arrivés sans s'être vraiment renseignés, dans la foulée du nouvel an mais en effet, depuis 10 jours, la Chine vit dans la peur, la psychose même. Les habitants ne sortent de chez eux qu'avec le précieux masque vissé sur le visage et on vous dévisage, voire on vous en offre de manière insistante, si vous n'en portez pas. Chaque entrée de centre commercial ou gare est ponctuée d'une sympathique prise de température : on est donc sur d'être en forme. De Pékin à Shanghaï, les villes chinoises ont renforcé l'entrée des gares et lieux publics et ont surtout fermé tous les lieux touristiques. Musées, expos, tours, temples, cinémas, librairies, même certains parcs ou même les quais du fleuve Huangpu sont cloisonnés sur certaines portions. Impossible donc de visiter les maisons historiques de la ville ou encore d'admirer les collections d'art du musée de Shanghaï. Frustrant au possible.
    Cependant, le virus mêlé aux vacances de printemps dévoile Shanghaï sous un jour inattendu : une ville calme, désertée. Les immenses rues ne sont occupées que par quelques scooters et livreurs de repas, même pas besoin d'attendre le feu vert pour traverser... La ville est silencieuse, on entend juste l'agréable piaillement des oiseaux. Le métro est très peu rempli et un bon nombre de petites échoppes et restaurants sont eux aussi fermés. Compliqué pour nous de trouver où manger végétarien quand les adresses repérées sur internet ont portes closes... Mais on a quand même réussi à bien profiter de la nourriture chinoise ! Dim sum à tout va, soupes de nouilles, riz et même des chow Mai végétarien au champignons, un vrai régal ! Le virus ne nous aura pas empêcher de bien manger, mais peut-être nous empêchera-t-il de sortir de Chine... On croise les doigts.
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  • Day23

    Street Art, Musique et Chine

    February 1, 2020 in China ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Voyage rime souvent avec culture ! Ce que nous voyons, entendons, découvrons... Il y a ce qu'on découvre sans le vouloir, et ce qu'on choisit qui nous accompagnera. Un bon livre, un album évocateur... Tout ça fait partie du voyage. Comme cette promenade sur les hauts de Chengde, lors de laquelle je ne peux m'empêcher de penser aux films du studio Ghibli, cette douceur et ces paysages typiquement asiatiques agrémentés de neige. On va peut-être se regarder Pompoko ce soir tiens... Sinon, je sais que j'étais très en retard mais je suis en plein dans les bouquins Harry Potter et effectivement, c'est génial ! Je dois être le dernier des abrutis à ne pas les avoir lu mais mieux vaut tard que jamais (j'ai lu les trois premiers tomes en une semaine) !

    Puisque musées fermés, rabattons nous sur ce qui sera forcément ouvert puisque en plein air : les graffitis ! Nous ne nous attendions pas à voir autant de street art dans une ville chinoise ! Du M50 (hub artistique) à l'artiste Miilo, voici quelques photos des meilleurs murs peints, sublimés par l'absence de touristes (exceptés nous bien sûr).

    Lorsque nous sommes partis, j'ai dû arrêter les trouvailles de Baz, mais l'envie m'a repris et en voici donc quelque unes, pour le plaisir...

    1) You de Superparka. Né sur les cendres de We are Match, Superparka révolutionne continuellement la pop française en la rendant hybride et imprévisible. Le nouveau titre du duo est une pépite pop pleine de douceur et parfaitement adaptée aux montagnes chinoises enneigées.
    2) Momentary Bliss de Gorillaz. Le groupe virtuel et emmené par Damon Albarn vient de lâcher un titre en collaboration avec Slaves et slowthay qui donne tout simplement envie de sauter. Une playlist associée est dispo, avec des sons inattendus... La machine a été allumée dit la voix...
    3) Stay '97 de Bowie. Le légendaire chanteur a eu droit à la réédition de plusieurs de ses titres méconnus. I Can't Read, Baby Universal ou encore Stay ont été réédité avec un mastering datant de 1997. L'occasion de (re)découvrir l'artiste sous un jour plus intimiste. Foncez écouter ça !
    4) Relax le Plexus de Miel de Montagne. Porté par un album franc et dansant, l'artiste français vient de lâcher un nouveau titre qui porte la détente comme idéal de vie. Funky et bourré de bonne humeur, le morceau ne peut que plaire.
    5) Into the light de Yuksek. Électro ou funk, Yuksek compose et remix tout ce qui se rapproche de près ou de loin à une musique dansante. Son dernier tube s'appelle Into the Light et je vous mets au défi de ne pas taper du pied.
    6) Vincent Vega de Jimmy Magardeau. Lyonnais d'adoption, Jimmy Magardeau touche à tout en ce qui concerne la musique : pop, rap, électro, rien ne l'arrête. Son dernier morceau s'oriente rap tout en gardant ses textes qui sont devenus sa marque de fabrique.
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  • Day23

    Shanghaid

    February 1, 2020 in China ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Que dire de Shanghaï ?
    Posés pendant 4 jours dans une grande et sympathique auberge de jeunesse à deux pas du métro, nous ne pouvions rêver mieux. Comble du bonheur, le beau temps est de la partie ! Des petites rues authentique typiques aux immenses avenues, Shanghaï est une ville incroyable, unique, hors du commun... (et fermée !). .Nous sommes instantanément tombé sous le charme de "la ville en amont de la mer" où chaque quartier a sa particularité, son histoire.

    Le fururiste quartier Pudong témoigne à merveille du poids financier que pèse Shanghaï sur la scène internationale. En se faufilant entre les buildings, on se sent tout petits, encore plus lorsque les rues sont vides... Les 324m de haut de la Tour Eiffel sont ici bien peu : la tour Jinmao mesure 420m, le Shanghaï World Financial Center, ou Décapsuleur pour les intimes (du à sa forme), 492m... Mais la plus imposante de toutes reste la Shanghaï Tower, culminant à 632m et désormais couronnée plus haute tour de Chine. Ça donne le vertige.

    Héritage d'une occupation prononcée, l'ex concession française et ses multiples parcs est idéale pour se balader et flâner entre les platanes (typiquement français ça aussi). Autre lieu cosmopolite au possible, la rue Duolun. Au cœur de l'ancienne concession internationale, la mignonne petite rue abrite de luxueuses villas d'époque et même une église à la mode chinoise !

    Nous avons egalement déambulé au coeur de la vieille ville chinoise. Ce quartier clairement délimité ressemble aujourd'hui à un centre commercial en plein air qui attire les touristes. Nous avons au moins eu la chance d'être tranquilles, merci le virus. Les constructions en l'honneur du rat de métal (année 2020) côtoient McDonald's, les maisons d'époque surplombent KFC et les temples chevauchent Haagen Dazs. Le quartier a perdu de son authenticité depuis l'arrivée des touristes. Cependant, dès qu'on s'extirpe de ces quelques rues, le vielle ville chinoise se révèle. Plus populaire, les vêtements sèchent partout où il y a de la place et les animaux vont et viennent paisiblement. Ces petites maisons sont cependant en train de se faire grignoter par les buildings...

    Le cerise sur le gâteau de notre séjour à Shanghaï fût sans conteste le petit Chinchilla café. Intégralement dédié à Mon Voisin Totoro (le sublime film de Miyazaki), le café était fermé mais l'adorable gérante du lieu nous a ouvert ses portes le temps d'admirer les énormes peluches, peintures murales et évidemment les quatre petits chinchillas, adorables souris toutes rondes que nous ne connaissions pas avant aujourd'hui.

    Au final, 4 jours à Shanghaï en même temps que le virus et les vacances, c'était inattendu mais terriblement sympa. On a vu et vécu un Shanghaï anormal, pour le pire comme pour le meilleur. On part avec la hâte de revenir. See you soon.
    🎵 We've been Shanghaid ! 🎵
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  • Day49

    Shanghai - French Concession

    October 19, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nach dem Ausflug nach Zhujiajio sind wir noch ein wenig durch das ehemalige französische Viertel, das heutzutage als „French Concession“ bezeichnet wird, gelaufen. Dort gibt es schöne Alleen mit Platanen, alte Villen, hippe Boutiquen und Lokale und auch ausgefallene Geschäfte, wie z.B. Geigenbauer.
    Zum Abendessen gab es eine Shanghaier Spezialität und zwar gebratene Dumplings.
    Mal wieder haben wir den Abend mit einem Spaziergang am "The Bund" ausklingen lassen.
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  • Oct6

    A Loud Pop, A Woman Down

    October 6, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    I heard a loud pop as the woman behind me hit the concrete. Everyone in the line to enter the Shanghai Museum fled from the noise, and I stood with Shane Lawrence next to Mary Larsen, sprawled out on the walkway. I had met her only the day before. She had tripped over a plastic hump covering electrical cords, and lay motionless on the concrete. Her right wrist showed an ugly bulge, and her hip hurt so that she could hardly walk. A guard rushed over to open that barrier that held us in the queue. Shane and I slowly pulled Mary to her feet as the guard shouted Chinese orders and motioned for Mary and me to go into the building—not Shane, just me. I don’t know why. Security officials ushered us into a cloakroom, where they asked Mary if she wanted a glass of water. In broken Chinese I suggested that they bring ice for her wrist, swelling and turning purple. Bringing a cold pack, they asked if she wanted an ambulance to take her to the hospital. After some discussion, they allowed Mary to go to the nearest hospital in a cab. The guards allowed Shane’s wife Mandy, a nurse, to join us. The taxi took us to a hospital, maybe ten minutes away, where we sought the entrance to the emergency room.

    Mary struggled to walk in the parking lot as I saw a woman whom I asked in Chinese, “Do you work here?” She said she did. I asked, “Can you help us take this woman to the emergency room?”

    Immediately she was a blur of action as she produced a wheelchair and rolled Mary up a nearby ramp and through a door draped with a heavy brown canvas curtain. She pushed Mary’s wheelchair through the split in the middle of the curtain into a semi-lit room. A baby with a bandage on its head cried with pain. An old lady covered in bloody bandages lay unconscious, surrounded by family members in the middle of the room. A wall of patients with a wide range of injuries and illnesses looked down at the floor as they sat in silence on gray metal folding chairs extending in a line down a hallway. In the corner of the room our helper began a Chinese shouting match at the nurses’ station, adding to the cacophony of wailing infants. A well dressed Chinese woman came to me and asked in broken English what was happening. I told her that Mrs. Larsen had fallen and broken her wrist. She joined the shouting match and after a few minutes told me that this hospital was only for ordinary citizens of Shanghai. Party officials, VIP’s and foreign tourists were treated in another, better hospital nearby. This hospital could not admit Mary. After more shouting with the hospital staff, she told me that a nurse was calling the other hospital to arrange for Mary to be transferred there. She spoke in broken English, I in broken Chinese, as I learned that she now lives in Ohio, but that she was in Shanghai tending to her mother, who was currently admitted as a patient. Finishing her phone call, the head nurse informed us that because the National Day celebration was underway, many of the the VIP hospital’s staff were on vacation, and no doctors were working at the VIP hospital that day. Then she said that if Mary thought her wrist was broken, she could stay, and they would treat it when her turn came. Because Mary was a foreign tourist, though, they would try to advance her in their schedule. Mandy and I held a quick discussion with Mary, and she decided that she would prefer to receive treatment elsewhere. We decided to take a cab back to our hotel to assess our options.

    Back at the hotel about lunchtime, I explained our situation to the concierge. She snapped into action as we took Mary to use the restroom in the hotel’s restaurant. The concierge said she was working things out and suggested that we return to our rooms for a few minutes. She would call us soon with more information. Mary’s arm and hip made her grimace as she asked to be allowed to wait in place, there in the restaurant. I returned to my room and ate a quick bag of peanuts washed down with a bottle of water.

    Our concierge advised us that she had made an appointment for Mary at a better hospital at 2 pm. She also introduced us to Jenny, our translator. At 1:20 pm we took a taxi to an emergency medical clinic near the old Russian embassy. The staff took Mary back for x-rays, with nurse Mandy accompanying her. I learned that Jenny was a Russian from Yekaterinburg studying hotel management in Shanghai. Her Chinese was superb. Her English was reasonably good. X-rays showed that Mary’s wrist was shattered, her hip was badly bruised but not broken. We would need to go to a hospital with an orthopedic surgeon for the wrist.

    Another cab ride took us to United Family Healthcare, a hospital with an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Xu. After more X-rays and CT scans, the doctor advised Mary that surgery was necessary, the sooner the better. Mandy expressed both to the doctor and to us her serious reservations about Mary’s decision to allow a foreign surgeon in a Chinese hospital repair her wrist. Calmly Dr. Xu explained the risks involved in waiting to have the procedure done after returning Mary to the United States. Mandy asked me to step outside of the room and told me that she was having a panic attack.

    I said, “Panic attacks are not authorized tonight. You can have one, but not now. You’ll have to wait and have it later once we have Mary safe.”

    Finally, Mary had her mind made up: she would have the surgery in China. Again Mandy attempted to persuade Mary to delay surgery until she returned home to Arizona. Dr. Xu told Mary that he would prefer for her to stay overnight so that he could take her to surgery early the next morning, but because she had some things to pack, Mary asked to return to the hotel that night. She would return to the hospital for surgery the next morning.

    By that time Ray, our Viking tour guide, had arrived in Shanghai. Because my cell phone was not completing phone calls since arriving in China, I asked a nursing station attendant to call him for me. I reported the situation to him. He suggested that I tell the taxi driver to drop us at our hotel’s rear entrance on Dian Shi Road to avoid the National Day Parade. When we approached the area of the hotel, however, the police would not allow the driver to turn onto Dian Shi Road. I asked the driver to let us out at the intersection of Bei Jing and Si Chuan Roads. With the battery supply in my cell phone nearing zero I shot one final text message to Glenda asking her to have Ray meet us there with a wheelchair. He did so within ten minutes, and we returned to the Fairmont Peace Hotel at around 10:30 pm.
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  • Oct6

    Ambrosian Breakfast

    October 6, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    The Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund in Shanghai is the most sumptuous and artistically beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in. This morning’s breakfast offered every type of cuisine, Eastern and Western. I have never had better food anywhere. We started off with traditional omelettes, but then I added some Chinese dumplings, pork inside a steamed bread roll. Everything was at least as good as the best food I ever tasted. Some of it was better. We have enjoyed egg custard tarts everywhere from North Carolina to Europe. Until today the best I had ever tasted were in Portugal, but today’s tarts here in Shanghai topped them. Today we will enjoy another trip to a garden in Suzhou, a seventeenth-century wonder, and will learn about the production of silk.Read more

  • Day4

    Shanghai Museum

    March 27, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    After our dumpling festival , we caught the subway with Tom (our tour guide) over to the Shanghai museum which we toured for a little over an hour. One of the top museums in China. Tom is turning out to be an outstanding tour guide. Very congenial. Majored in Literature at the university. Has been leading tours for many years.Read more

  • Oct7

    Old Shanghai

    October 7, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our tour of Shanghai resumed today after yesterday’s unfortunate accident. We began by visiting Old Shanghai. This area retained many of the old buildings in the city and for many years was nearly in ruins. A few years ago the city government cleaned up the neighborhood and rebuilt some of the old public buildings. The result is a magnificent “new” old city. A lovely marketplace attracts both tourists and locals to a place where they can dine, snack, wander, meet friends or just hang out.

    The Buddhist Temple of the Jade Buddha is one of the most important in China. It claims several of the largest and most important statues of the Buddha in the world. Before 1949 approximately 90 percent of the Chinese population were Buddhist. Now the number of Chinese who claim any religion is far less. Less than one percent are Christians.

    We enjoyed a delicious Chinese meal at a local restaurant before driving over to the museum.

    Though I missed our own private visit to the Shanghai Museum yesterday because of Mary’s accident, we visited the museum today with our tour group. Normally it is closed on Monday, but because this is the week of National Day, the exhibits were open today. Glenda showed me the collection of bronzes, some dating from 2000 years before Christ. I never knew Chinese history went back so far. These lovely bronze wine vessels were made in the time of the Sumerians and Akkadians. Somehow that ancient period in China escaped the notice of the history books I read as a child. I was especially interested in a collection of ancient drums from about 1800 BC, and a set of bronze bells, whose recorded sounds were enchanting. Later I made my usual pilgrimage to see the calligraphy exhibit and the one for ancient Chinese art.

    We enjoyed strolling along the Bund and seeing it lit up in the evening from the observation deck on top of our hotel. An elegant supper allowed us to meet two new friends, Felicia and her husband T, who is the illustrator for the comic strip “Over the Hedge.” His work was made into a movie featuring Tom Cruise a few years ago. After dinner we went to a theater, where we were amazed by the performance by a Chinese acrobatic troupe. By the time we returned to our hotel we were ready for bed.
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  • Day5

    Shanghai Storm

    October 1, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    We were up and at em this morning for our second and final magic morning at Shanghai Disneyland, Another early start had us at the Hotel Guest park entrance just on 7am, but this time we were covered in ponchos and jumping puddles as forecast rain stubbornly sat over the park. We managed to fit in Buzz Lightyear, Pirates of the Caribbean and Soaring around the world within 90 minutes, which is stunning considering yesterday's wait time for Soaring Around the World by itself was 180 minutes. After this early morning ride tour de force it was time for the consumption of mass quantities, which naturally meant another visit to Remy's Pattisserie on Mickey Avenue. This has become our brunch du jour as we feast on haute cuisine, a sausage roll and giant chocolate chip cookie. I could really get accustomed to this health food. Now fully mentally and physically replenished it was time for our scheduled Fastpass ride, Seven Dwarfs Minetrain. This is a very popular ride, and even in steady rain the queue was sizable. Fortunately our Fastpass queue only took about 15 minutes and then we were flying through tunnels, roaring past dwarves and zipping by animated critters. Once I had enjoyed the company of the little people I could select a new Fastpass and the only ride I had yet to do was Roaring Rapids. This is very similar to Grizzly River Run at California Adventure, and both rides guarantee you get wet. Today that outcome was a moot point as everybody was already soaked. Jean doesn't do these rides. Too many drops and too much moisture, so she hiked back to the warmth and dryness of the hotel. I had an hour and a half to kill, so I roamed the park and Disney Town. The shops in Disney Town have followed the Disney trend of being more expensive than their counterparts anywhere else and these shops are right on trend, which means the tightass in me ain't buying anything. I'm still happy to browse though and give the shop assistants false hope. One peculiarity of the shops here is that you are greeted when you walk in and then one of the shop assistants stands beside you wherever you go in the shop. Eventually I decided to test this, so did three laps of the Superdry store as my new shadow dutifully followed. Could be a new Olympic sport!
    Eventually my Fastpass time rolled around so I trekked back across the park to Islands of Adventure and Roaring Rapids. This is a great, fun ride and my seven new Chinese chums in our raft, giggled and shrieked in all the right places as we made the most of the moment. Wandering off the raft I finally sloshed out of the park and made my way through the wind and rain to refuge of the Disneyland Hotel. So long Shanghai, it's been wonderful. Tomorrow we say Ni hao Hong Kong.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Shanghai Shi, Shanghai, Municipalité de Shanghai, Xangai, 上海