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Finding my zen in Yu Garden

Finding my zen in Yu Garden

Awaking from my slumber, after just a modest 12 hours sleep, I felt refreshed for a full day of sightseeing in Shanghai and first on my list, was the famous Yu Garden’s. As mentioned in my previous blog, I was somewhat disappointed by Shanghai, China was nothing like I had seen in the movies. It was all modern skyscrapers and pristine promenades, where were the dodgy side-streets? The traditional temples? I hadn’t even been attacked by Jackie Chan. Just a…

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First Impressions of Shanghai

First Impressions of Shanghai

I only had two days in Shanghai, and for my first day, I was completely jet-lagged, though that didn’t stop me from going out to see the city. I just sort of explored it in a zombie-like state. Included in my maglev ticket was unlimited rides on the Shanghai metro for one day, this was useful as my hotel was a little way out from the main attractions. The Shanghai metro was a beacon of efficiency though, and soon I…

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Touchdown in China, Welcome to Shanghai

Touchdown in China, Welcome to Shanghai

Due to the de-icing in Helsinki, we were about an hour late arriving in Shanghai, which with hindsight was one of the best things that could have happened, (more on that later though,) first, I had to get through passport control, and China was not going to make that easy. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I arrived at passport control, the majority of my fellow passengers were Chinese nationals returning home, so they went down their own little…

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The Mysterious Visa-Free Transit Visa to China

The Mysterious Visa-Free Transit Visa to China

“Do you have a visa for China?” The check-in lady peered over the counter, lowering her glasses and pursing her lips. I smiled and responded, ”I don’t need a visa for China.” Which is not exactly true, I was trying to avail myself of a little-known secret called either the 72-hour visa-free transit visa or the 144-hour visa-free transit visa, depending on which city you are arriving in. It was such a secret in fact, this check-in lady had never…

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