Monday, July 26, 2021

A View from the Top

The Park Hyatt is located in the World Financial Center, the 6th tallest building in the world. Next to it is the Jin Mao tower which ranks 15th. Obstructing my view of the Huangpu...

It’s an Institution Sir

"It's an institution sir." Words quoted by a the best lobby boy of all time. Days after leaving the Grand Budapest Hotel, I have found myself at another first rate institution known as the Waldorf...

Xiao Long Bao: A Tutorial

A trip to Shanghai would be all for naught if you do not have authentic, street inspired xiao long bao. They aren't your local Chinese restaurant's takeout dumplings and they aren't made better anywhere...

The Customs of the Chinese

Attending an international business school for my MBA, I was taught to appreciate the cultural customs of foreign countries. Certain behaviors that are commonplace in the United States are insulting abroad. But, this isn't a...

Park Hyatt Shanghai: Too High in the Sky

Following my odyssey aboard Emirates Airlines A380 First Class to Dubai, I was relegated to flying Emirates Business to Shanghai so I won't bore you with pictures of the bathroom that didn't have a...

China’s 72-hour Visa-Free Transit Rule: Flyer Beware

This is part of the Trip Report The Visa Run Keeps Running (October 2014) which started and ended in Mongolia with these stops along the way: Shanghai, China Hong Kong Shanghai, China Osaka, Japan Kyoto, Japan Beijing, China Here is the overview for...

Pho Sho, Fu Uh Sho: The Top Ten Places to Get Pho!

Phở or pho (pronounced variously as /fʌ/, /fə/, /fər/, or /foʊ/ so please stop messaging me that it's not pronounced pho! I get it, we all get it but choose to remain ignorant for the...

Shanghai a-Live: Part II

I lived in Shanghai way back in 2010 and it took me four years to return to my favorite city. Tomorrow I'm returning for the second time in 4 months. Last time I stayed at the...

PEK-BKK Technical Delay: Drinks Please!

When I am served a glass of champagne and some fresh OJ, my programmed response is that it must be time to take off. Down the glass in style, tilt the seat back against...
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Air China Business Class Lounge Beijing: Out of the Cold, Into the Smog

This is part of the Trip Report So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December-January 2015) which covers: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Bangkok, Thailand Chiang Rai, Thailand Yangon, Myanmar Ngwe Saung, Myanmar Mandalay, Myanmar Bagan, Myanmar Hong Kong Orlando, Florida Catch...
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