Archive for July, 2010

West to Kunming

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

It’s Wednesday and now I’m in Kunming, Yunnan Province.  I’m booked into the Empark Grand Hotel, another five-star place but more Chinese than the big international hotels like the Hyatt.   It’s equally grand, however; in fact the suite this time is even more opulent than the one at the Beijing Grand Hyatt.  It’s twice the […]

Back to Beijing

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

After coming over Business Class on American, I don’t think I’ll ever fly economy again – even on our own money.  The super-comfortable seats recline into an almost bed-like position, you get a quilt instead of the usual army-issue thin blanket, and even when you’re sitting up there’s about twice as much legroom as in […]

Zai jian, Shanghai

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Wednesday we had a lazy day, saving our energy for a return visit to the Expo in the evening.  The fair is on both sides of the river; this time our Expo cab driver (there were legions of specially painted cabs put in place just to take people to the fair and their drivers all […]