Impressions From Shanghai

This city! “Too many people. Too many cars. You can not breathe,” says the old man. And this speed everywhere. The magnetic levitation! 431 kilometers per hour fast. The freeway! Eight lanes through the city. The houses, which grow to the sky and cover your daily life with dust. The underground…

…, where they jostle you at the counter before you pick your change. The buses, which you’ll never make, if you’re not trying to be the first to be inside. The pedestrian traffic lights, showing countdown which makes every old man rushing the street, and still, halfway, you’re surrounded by all kind of motors.

But he can feel the new life around, says the old man. Oh, if he was only young! With spring-song voice he calls out his message: ”Tell those long-nosed foreigners, they should come, you have to move to Shanghai, you will not regret. You must.“

Eating My Way Through Shanghai & Nanjing. Did I do anything else? Let me think *hmm*

  • Sichuan Citizen in French Concession…
  • An Fu Lu – best ever, rocksolid, cheap and original…
  • Must do: Teppanyaki in Japanese restaurant…
  • Great Nepalese food at “Nepali Kitchen”…
  • “Kabb” in city center with western-style food for long-nose people…
  • Burger restaurant with “Wall of champs” (600g in 20min) & best milkshakes in town…
  • Marienbad right around the corner serving a nice Capucchino…
  • Strange bar with all trying-to-be-cool people…
  • Freaky bar around the corner with live bands…
  • Cafe in backyard of French concession with strange austrian girl asking for lighter…
  • Churrasco at braizilian restaurant (all you can eat, yeah)…

Nanjing…

  • Hot Pot on first evening…
  • Giant chinese food and Elmar ordering nine dishes…

Meetings in New York

What to say? In photo you can see my office this week. I had meetings in New York which was kind of tough, flying in on Tuesday evening and leaving on Thursday night. Although I only saw Meatpacking district around Ninth Avenue, I admit I fell in love with this city. Hotel was great (Hotel Gansevoort, with rooftop pool :)); opposite of hotel the Pastis with nice breakfast (including all those celebrities going there), a huge Apple store and a perfect steak at Old Homestead. Main statement: I will go back there this year and enjoy a weekend, no way without it.