Yes, It is a great city, under the radar, There's a story ( maybe its apocryphal, but who cares) about John Howard, a former Austrlain Prime Minister. He was on his first trip to Shanghai, and he got to his hotel in Shanghai and up to his room (obviously one of the higher floors) and he's sorting himself out. One of his staff opened the curtins to reveal .... the brilliant night scene of Pudong.
"Sh*t," Howard is supposed to have exclaimed. "How long has this been going on?"
For those whose image of China is stuck in the Mao years, what is happening in China is shocking. (But it can be argued that the Mao years polayed a big part in the re-organisation of China, after 50+ years of chaos.)
Thnx for the invite to meet up, I like to enter China through Shanghai. Its an exciting city, you can really feel the energy that's been let loose in China. I'm not sure what I'm doing next year, theoretically I should finish my degree. But, I see a couple of study units I'd still like to do and will run next year, and I'm trying to get an OK to do them. And, I must do a capstone essay in ancient history for my major - its a bit complicated as I've sort of twisted the system to suit my own purposes.
And, I had in mind next trip (whenever it is), to fly China Southern to Guangzhou, travel north on Very Fast Rail to Xiamen, Quanzhou and Fuzhou, and back to GZ for a good look at GZ). I simply MUST get to Quanzhou, not just for the maritime museum, but out of a desire to see the last Manichean church in the world. (Its in use as a Buddhist temple -but an image of Mani can still be seen on a wall- verified by scholars from my university).
So let's see ... !!