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Sep 18 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 8 - Travel Home

Heading back to the United States went pretty smoothly but wasn't without some hiccups.


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Sep 18 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 7 - Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center And The French Concession

Day 7 - French Concession

This was my last day in Shanghai, so we knocked off a couple of items on my to-see list.


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Sep 18 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 6 - Suzhou

Day 6 - Suzhou

Today we decided to take a train to a neighboring city to get more of the "traditional" China atmosphere.


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Sep 14 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 5 - Shanghai Museum

Day 5 - Shanghai Museum

Since the last three days had been pretty exhausting and involved a lot of heat and a lot of walking, we decided to take it easy today. We slept in and decided to head to People's Square, a park with a bunch of (air conditioned) museums.


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Sep 14 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 4 - The Expo Again

Day 4 - Expo 2010

As I mentioned before, the Expo was too large to do in one day so we decided to pick up where we left off and go another day. We were able to see several country's pavilions including our own - The United States.

As we went to handful of pavilions of English-speaking countries we learned a secret that we wish we knew the other day -- engage the pavilion hosts in conversation and they'll give you a free flag pin. In Canada, I thought the guy was just being nice but after it happened a couple of other times in different pavilions it seemed to be "a thing". It was a secret too, (shhh), as they asked us to discreetly put in the pin in our pocket. Otherwise there probably would have been a mob. I figured it's okay to let the cat out of the bag now since the Expo is ending in a few weeks.


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Sep 13 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 3 - The Bund, Pudong, Old Town

Day 3 - The Bund

This day involved a LOT of walking, but I got to see three neighborhoods: The Bund, Pudong, and Old Town.


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Sep 13 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 2 - The Expo

Day 2 - Expo 2010

We spent 2 days at Expo 2010, because after the 1st day we quickly realized it's impossible to do in a day. In fact, we probably only saw a quarter of it after two. It was gigantic. There were over 120 buildings and covered roughly 2 square miles. It was so big there was a dedicated subway line, ferry service, and several bus routes just inside the Expo grounds.

It surprisingly felt uncrowded, however. There were about 200,000 people both of the days that we went, but spread out across that whole area, it was relatively empty and for the most part calm.

It was also surprisingly cheap. Tickets were only about $25 USD for a day. A bottle of water or Coke was only 75 cents USD (take a hint: US theme parks!). Meals were not that expensive either.

It was very warm. About 85 degrees Fahrenheit both days. This allowed us to discover the habit that Chinese men had in hiking their shirts to their armpits, which a majority should not have been doing. Women carried shade umbrellas. Instead of following along, we opted for the covered walkways. Queue lines were nice because they were all covered by misting tents.


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Sep 13 '10

Shanghai, China - Day 1 - Travel

Day 1 - Shanghai Metro

I arrived at Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 5:30am on Saturday, September 4th. I couldn't find the really cheap lot F (the signs were bad, it was dark, and I was tired) so I ended up parking in longterm lot E. It was 55 degrees outside, so I froze as I walked to the tram to bring me to the gates. I went to the Continental checkin area just to find out that my flight is *technically* operated by United airlines, so I had to get back in the tram and head to another terminal. Frustrating.


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Apr 6 '08

Wisconsin Film Festival 2008: Saturday (2 of 2)

I finished up Saturday by seeing two more films-- suspense films this time.

The Case (Xiang zi)

The CaseThis Chinese film was about a man, who one morning, found a suitcase floating down the river. As he brought it home and opened it up, he discovered it was filled with cut up body parts frozen in ice.

In panic, he struggles to hide the suitcase and its contents... meanwhile his wife thinks all the sneaking around is because he's cheating on her. This misunderstanding takes over the topic of the film, as you start to hear or learn less and less about the suitcase.

The movie was interesting... funny at times... but nothing spectacular. The ending was weird.


StuckThe movie follows the true story of a woman who hits a man which gets stuck in her windshield. The man was having such a horrible and rotten day, it was only natural the next thing that would happen is he gets hit by a car.

The woman, however, is up for a promotion at work. In panic, instead of calling 911 or dropping the man off at a hospital, she ends up driving home to her garage with the man still in the windshield. She then subsequently learns that he's not exactly dead.

The movie soon turns into a race-- can he somehow get help before she "takes care of" him?

The movie was significantly more gory and bloody than I had expected. It's always fun to watch a movie like this with a large crowd, as you could hear the whole audience of a few hundred people all cringe at once.

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