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So when I came back from my lovely Christmas /  New Years holiday, I was whisked off to China for a week to enjoy the long flight time, airplane food, and ability to get the runs just by drinking water.

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As I flew into Shanghai I remembered my last china trip a few years ago, and marveled at the pollution. Not to say that it isn’t the fault of the fat cats in developed countries.

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When we landed we were whisked off to Hangzhou for a 2 hour drive to bring the total travel time to 15 hours. We were put up in a lovely hotel which was next to a lake. I managed to get a few nice photos of the sunset and the surrounding area.

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So for 3 days we had meetings with a Chinese company, so I didn’t get to see anything. However on our last night we got to stay in Shanghai. We arrived around 2pm and walked downtown to a ‘copy market’ where there was all sorts of dodgy things that could be bought for extremely cheap prices… If you could bargain them down enough.

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During the walk, there were many “interesting” vehicles, however I decided this one was my favourite. (A lady on a 3 wheeled bike that is covered in boxes).

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There was also a Salvador Dali sculpture, which was rather cool.

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Once we were in the market, which was more like a rundown department store, we were berated to by everything from Calvin Klein undies to Rolex watches. And as I was being ushered into doors that opened behind shelves inside cupboards, I decided that it probably wasn’t a good idea to take photos.

When we got back, we dropped off our ‘legal merchandise’ at the Hilton ( 24th floor ), and went out for a nice dinner in a American pub… Kinda weird, but had nice food.

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The next morning we had to wake up at 5am to get catch the flight, so all in all it was an interesting trip.

Rob.

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