Sunday, March 7, 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...

Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai

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...

Shanghai’s Maglev: No Time to Waste

In each of my Hotel Reviews I start off with a Getting There snippet because I am tired of getting ripped off by taxi drivers right when my vacation is about to start. Landing in a new city there is nothing more frustrating than looking up how to get to a hotel and only finding information about the pool...
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