January, 2010

Jan 10


On Friday I biked over to Wusong, which is one of the main port areas in Shanghai. There was a huge number of ships all over the river. There were also small cities of container storage yards. The size of it all and the amount of activity was pretty mind boggling.  

My route for the day
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Jan 10


Yesterday I checked out a park on the western outskirts of Shanghai called Sheshan. Because of the cold and the steady rain, apart from the maintenance people I was the only one in the park. With the fog and lack of people I felt like I was walking in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Jan 10

Jiangsu bound

Today was the  warmest day since I can remember, so as always, I went for a  ride. I decided to bike through the Baoshan district and made it right over the border in Jiangsu Province. It was pretty much industry the whole way there, from electronics to fish.

My route for the day
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Jan 10

American Dreams

Another day off work, another bike ride. Frances bought a bike a few days ago so I rode with her to her teaching job. I decided to keep heading west towards Anting, which is the center of the Chinese auto industry. On my way there I stumbled on something kind of strange. On the side of the road there was an abandoned theme park named American Dream Park. It was boarded up and it seemed that there were people living in the ticket office. I looked it up later and apparently it opened in 1997 but quickly folded. It seemed to be a strange place to put a theme park, being surrounded by factories and junkyards. I finally made it to Anting with just enough time to explore the Auto City, which is either half built or half abandoned. 

My Route for the dayView Directions to 墨玉南路 in a larger map

Jan 10


Check out the CNN Go story Frances and I did about Thames Town here

Yesterday, Frances and I went to check out Thames Town on the outskirts of Shanghai. It was built a few years ago as an English-themed suburb. It reminded me of Wee Britain from “Arrested Development”, or a much stranger Forest Hills. As most of the shops were closed, it seemed like a town abandoned by everyone except wedding photographers.