Monday, March 22, 2010
March 20th – Shanghai
This year, Shanghai is about to experience its Coming of Age party, when the World Expo opens in just 40 days time, so I thought that maybe, this time, there wouldn't be so many building sites, so much dust in the air, and the noise of so many jack hammers and demolition cranes. I couldn't have been more wrong – the whole place is being given a noisy and messy makeover, but it's nowhere near finished yet. Pavements are being torn up and re-laid, new roads are being constructed, and even more skyscrapers are shooting up. Whether it will all be finished in time for May 1st is anyone's guess, but if any city can turn it around, it's Shanghai.