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Five of 上海 · Pic­tures of Shang­hai, I mean. Not in­clud­ing any tourist at­trac­tion­s ...
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Jing ’an Temple · Its sprawl­ing gold­en roof, all curls and curves, dom­i­nat­ed my hotel’s neigh­bor­hood vi­su­al­ly. This is im­pres­sive since its neigh­bors are tow­er­ing skyscrap­ers and gleam­ing mall­s. I wouldn’t say it re­al­ly be­longs on Shanghai’s must-see list, but there were some aw­ful­ly nice pic­tures to be tak­en in­sid­e ...
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上海: Shanghai Wrapup · Mis­cel­la­neous pic­tures and thoughts to wrap up the Shang­hai se­ries. Th­ese should be tak­en very light­ly, based as they are on a big four days of jet-lagged re­portage ...
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上海: Yuyuan Garden · Estab­lished, it is said, in 1559. Od­d, but good ...
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上海: Shanghai City Temple · It’s near the fa­mous Yuyuan Gar­den, in the shop­ping dis­trict that sur­rounds it. “It’s Old Shanghai” Doris said of the area, and she was right ...
 
上海: That Light · I haven’t been to Chi­na since the Nineties and that was Hong Kong, but I re­mem­bered the spe­cial Hong Kong light. There it was again in Shang­hai, so maybe it’s Chi­nese light, or at least South Chi­ne­se ...
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上海: Those Buildings · I al­ready not­ed that the re­al­ly in-your-face thing about Shang­hai is its for­est of huge soar­ing build­ings. Enough pic­tures have prob­a­bly been tak­en, but I couldn’t re­sist adding a cou­ple to the col­lec­tion ...
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上海: After Dark · The lights are bright in Shang­hai at night, most places ...
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上海: 430 km/h! · When I ar­rived, they’d said to take a taxi to the ho­tel so I did, and the price was rea­son­able, but it was an hour of dice-with-death Shang­hai driv­ing through not-very-exciting neigh­bor­hood­s. But then I found out about the MagLev train to the air­port. It’s re­al­ly fast, and the sta­tion (a short taxi ride from the hotel) is to­tal­ly all mod con­s. I lashed out for the first-class tick­et ...
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上海: Under Construction · Shang­hai re­al­ly is. They’ve built a mega-city in a young life­time and they’re not slow­ing down at al­l ...
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上海: Hidden Stories · I have a lot of pic­tures, but not so many word­s, from Shang­hai. I’m im­pressed but inar­tic­u­late be­cause af­ter four days on the ground, I’m most­ly mys­ti­fied. I’m old enough to have a few re­gret­s, and among the sharpest is that I’ve nev­er tak­en the trou­ble to be re­al­ly flu­ent in a lan­guage oth­er than English. In par­tic­u­lar, I am in awe of my col­leagues who switch back and forth be­tween Man­darin and English three times in a sen­tence. And ev­ery­where I look I see sto­ries I’ll nev­er know, be­cause, first of al­l, how could I ev­er get in­to a con­ver­sa­tion with the wom­an on the back of the bi­cy­cle be­hind the oth­er wom­an on the bi­cy­cle, both of them laugh­ing so hard they’re in dan­ger of swerv­ing in front of a BMW? And if I could, I wouldn’t un­der­stand the word­s. And if I did, I maybe still wouldn’t get the joke. And there are twen­ty mil­lion peo­ple here, that’s a lot of sto­ries ...
 
Tech Days Talent · I’m here in Shang­hai at­tend­ing Sun Tech Days. This is a soup-to-nuts show, ev­ery­thing from the op­er­at­ing sys­tem up to Web Ti­er Orches­tra­tion. I am def­i­nite­ly play­ing the wild-eyed-crazy role in this pro­duc­tion; my mes­sages of rad­i­cal open­ness and Web 2.0 inside-out in­for­ma­tion flows and do­ing not nec­es­sar­i­ly Java-based Web de­vel­op­ment are a lit­tle out­side for this crowd, I think. But they have some­thing we don’t have at most of our New World tech shows: a tal­ent con­test! ...
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