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Trip Report BeachGirl's China Adventure

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We are wrapping up our trip today and departing Beijing. We've had a fabulous time! DSS has found a great apartment for his 4-month stay for grad school so we can go home knowing he'll be fine. (Grad school is what started this adventure.)

During our trip, I posted in the lounge of our China adventures. Some of you thought I should post it here so here goes!

Posted by: BeachGirl247 on Aug 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM
Posted in: Fodorite Lounge

**Image yourself walking into a Best Buy store, tvs all over the walls. All on a different channel. All at full volume at the same time.
WELCOME TO CHINA!

Arrived in Shanghai! LONG flight from Newark to Shanghai -- 14 1/2 hours. After a one-hour drive from the airport to the hotel in French Concession, we were immersed in a high energy, high pollution city. I cannot emphasize enough -- HIGH POLLUTION!! Can you imagine driving through a greenish-brown haze and wondering if it's going to rain but those aren't clouds of rain -- its pollution! We cannot see the buildings past 1/2 mile. Husband says it is worse than Dehli. Scary driving. Anything that has wheels all compete for the same concrete.

You want to cross the street? Have life insurance? Lights are a suggestion. And, just because traffic is coming from your left does NOT mean you will not have traffic approaching from the wrong direction on your right. Bike lane? Peshaw! It can be anything with wheels and a motor or a family of 4 on a vespa. No sh*t. I almost got hit tonight by a man on a bicycle riding down the sidewalk and then on to the street -- and not abiding by the street crossing light. Again, just a suggestion. Upon his approach to my being, he emitted guttural screams as he was 'rounding the corner, ones that are universal -- I knew to get the hell out of the way. Some things don't need translating.

Like I said, the lights are just a suggestion.

After checking in to the most charming hotel -- Old House Inn -- complete with wood floors, bay window, poster bed with sheers and Ming Dynasty era bench - we were most enamored with the place. Who wants a Hilton?

I'm here to tell you that you cannot plan for your initial experience here.

It is sensory overload for an American!!

We love our hotel, Old House Inn. Great area and such a beautiful, old hotel with quiet , modern features.


More to come tomorrow!

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