Travels with Elizabeth

Adventures Around the World

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Shanghai

The first stop this morning was going to be the Shanghai Museum, but when the driver pulled up, the line to get in was miles long, so we went to the Jinmao Tower first instead.  It’s in the Pudong area on the east side of the river.  The van went under a really long tunnel under the Huangpu River to get there.  Not crowded and the day was clear – probably the best day we’ve had.  Jinmao Tower is designed as a modern adaptation of a traditional Chinese pagoda.  It has 13 distinct tapering segments, with high-tech steel bands binding the glass like an exoskeleton.  We zipped up to the 88th floor on a very fast elevator (45 seconds to the top) – my ears popped a couple of times.  The view from the top is pretty spectacular. Continue reading

Ming Tombs and the Great Wall

My sore throat is worse today – definitely a cold.  And I sound like I have a cold – no hiding it now.  I don’t think folks are too happy about it, although no one is saying anything.

Another fantastic breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton.  Love some of the pastries, especially the croissants.  The van picked us up at 8:30 for an early start.

Beijing, Traffic

Beijing Traffic

This driver makes me really nervous.  We all think he’s a maniac.  Very aggressive in intersections, which are chaotic to begin with.  This is a picture at one of the Beijing intersections.  I had claimed the front seat of the van as I tend to get car-sick.  Sometimes being in front is not an advantage, as I could actually see what was going on – pretty scary at times! Continue reading