Two days in Pudong

I’m close to the end of a 12 hour flight from Shanghai Pudong airport back to Frankfurt. This week I’ve had the pleasure of making a visit to Shanghai. It’s always great to experience another culture but at the same time it’s been gruelling.

Departed Frankfurt on Tuesday evening. Arriving at Shanghai airport mid afternoon on Wednesday. A quick drive to our hotel in Pudong. A shower, shave and then of to Suzhou to meet with local government officials to discuss the future establishment of a factory in the area. After that a dinner of braised Blowfish and Austrailian wine and then finally a two hour drive back to the hotel in Pudong.

Thursday morning a presentation of our company to Volkswagen Shanghai in Anting and during the afternoon, finally a chance to take some time out and take in the surroundings.

Pudong is located along the east side of the Huangpu River and has a population of 5 million forming part of the astounding 23 million inhabitants of Shanghai and it’s suburbs. Just 30 years ago Pudong was was mainly an agricultural area but now stands as the financial district of Shanghai. The view of the skyline taken through the window of my 36th floor hotel room demonstrates the ferocity of Shanghai’s urban sprawl. It’s truely an impressive skyline although I can’t help but think of the people who lost generations of family tradition to make way for this development.

The weather was surprisingly cold with a freezing wind that made walking around outside while nursing a cold not the best idea. I was able to get out for a short while though and grab a few interesting shots.

Finally, one of the most interesting elements of experiencing far away cultures is the food. Even in my relatively western friendly hotel sampling the delicacies of China was not a problem. Boneless Chicken feet; Sparrows gizzards; Bull Frog and Ducks Tongue to name a few.

I settled for spicy crab. Served in the shell in what was described by the waiter as a delicately spiced chilli soup. That was an understatement if ever I heard one. The pictures not great but I think the “spicyness” is clear.



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