Ouch!Spring is dragging its heels, 19°F with snow squalls at the moment…..tired of this abuse.
This is amazing to be getting these reports from you.It's funny. My first and only time in the Oriental Pearl Tower was in 1995. I was fresh out of school and working my first real job. Pudong at that time was a mudflat. No one was there. None of the building in the picture were there. Pudong was somewhere if a taxi driver were to take you, you might want to get out of the car for fear of getting robbed. That day it was myself, the company driver and a local official. We were wining and dining him to get a second set of plates for the company car. The factory I was setting up was in Jing Shan, which at that point was a small farming village, not yet incorporated into Shanghai City. We were one of the first factories there. I needed two sets of plates with matching travel permits, odd and even, to enter into the city every day of the week. This was before the days of the elevated highways and construction on the subway had just begun. Non-Shanghai city cars were restricted to even and odd days to enter the city. There are still restrictions, but they are managed differently today.
Again today, there are no people here, but for a very different reason. We are locked down, only let outside to get tested. Before the lockdown the walkway on the East side is now extended so far North as to almost reach the navy dockyards. I can look across and see the Customs building where I spent so much time negotiating duties on things like technical service fees. The city is several orders of magnitude more wealthy than 1995, but it feels in some ways like I’ve gone back in time. Over the years I’ve had a lot of false alarms about being, "done", with China, “for good”, but I think this time it might actually be true. It’s been a trip for sure.
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Noon at lunch. A ghost town due to lockdown. No one gets to the West side of the city and vice-versa.
Love the cherry blossoms! What I remember from my brief stay in Shanghai a decade ago was the lack of running lights on vessels like that. Maybe one occasional red light...from a lit cigarette.
Not that I ever saw. Back in the day they had these loud outdrive diesels. These days they just kind of rumble.Love the cherry blossoms! What I remember from my brief stay in Shanghai a decade ago was the lack of running lights on vessels like that. Maybe one occasional red light...from a lit cigarette.
So, how are you affected by the new, two-phase lock down just instituted?I lived here for three weeks without being able to leave the room. Everyday I had my temperature taken. I was tested every couple of days. Meals were left outside my room on a table. Three weeks of bottled water and soap were left in the room. The cost was about $100 a day. Most do two weeks, but myself and the other non-Shanghai residents had to do an extra week since we didn't have a Shanghai address. When I finally could check out, I said screw this and had regular hotel send a Maybach.