LH F to Shanghai and Tokyo (photo report)

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    Last September, I spent a week in Shanghai. Here are some photos from that trip (they are all clickable).

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    LH F, FRA-PVG. Inside the FCT in FRA

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    Food at the FCT

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    Food at the FCT

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    Being driven to the plane

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    Onboard. 5 pax in the F cabin today.
     
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    Not a heavy champagne drinker ;)

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    There are 1000 photos like this on FT, but this is the first one in this forum :)

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    Takeoff

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    Sunset outside
     
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    Appetizers (I selected "all of the above" from the menu ;))

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    Salad

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    My entree

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    Before landing in PVG
     
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    In the terminal

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    Boarding the maglev train

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    Inside the maglev train

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    Top speed

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    Arrived in Shanghai
     
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    Taking the subway to my hotel at the main railway station

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    View of the main railway station from my hotel

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    Shopping street

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    Shopping street

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    The Pudong skyline from the waterfront
     
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    The Bund

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    The Pudong skyline from the waterfront

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    Next day - waiting in a huge queue at the Expo entrance

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    Long queues everywhere at the Expo

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    But almost no queue at this pavilion ;)
     
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    Inside

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    Since everyone is waiting in a queue, the rest of the Expo park looks quite deserted

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    Saudi Arabia pavilion (waiting time in the queue: 8 hours). In the following days, I explored the city in the daytime and only went to the Expo in the evening with the crowds already gone.

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    Inside the Chinese Provinces pavilion

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    Tea ceremony in the pavilion
     
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    The Netherlands pavilion

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    UK pavilion

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    Next day - view from the subway on the way to Pudong.

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    World Trade Center among other skyscrapers
     
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    Walking along the Century avenue towards the World Trade Center

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    The official Expo mascot (looks like a happy tooth often shown at a dentist office :))

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    I was very lucky to see blue sky in Shanghai. Even tourist brochures usually depict just smog in the sky.

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    Looking up at the WTC before ascending to the observation deck

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    View from the crowded lower observation deck
     
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    The staircase between the observation decks is the only place not crowded there. All steps are numbered.

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    Top observation deck, even more crowded, partially with a glass floor.

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    Buildings from the communist past

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    TV tower and the top of the Jinmao tower

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    At the Shanghai aquarium (sadly, missed the shark feeding by a few minutes)

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    WTC and the Jinmao tower - the tallest buildings in Shanghai at the present

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    View of the skyline from the Bund

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    On the Bund

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    Inside the French pavilion at the expo
     
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    Sign at the French pavilion teaching the good manners

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    Next day - walking to Old Shanghai

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    At the City God Temple

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    The old town, looking sparkling new ;)
     
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    Bridge leading to the Yuyuan Garden

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    Yuyuan Garden

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    Yuyuan Garden
     
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    Watching Shanghai dumpling being made

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    Less glamorous part of Old Shanghai. Walking to the Confucius Temple.

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    No running water here??

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    At the Confucius Temple
     
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    An exhibit at the Shanghai Museum

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    Unlike Japan, chairs were known and used in China in the past centuries, at least by the nobles.

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    An exhibit at the Shanghai Museum

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    People's Square

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    Inside the German pavilion at the Expo (German passport holders could use the VIP entrance)

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    A show inside the German pavilion

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    The Expo site in the evening. Most visitors leave at about 6pm, leaving almost no queues and the Expo site deserted like a suburban commercial area at night. The only lively spot in the evening was at the Australian pavilion with some live music played.

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    Next day - People's Park

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    Inside the modern art museum located in the People's Park

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    Rain

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    Hiding from the rain in the Barbarossa Lounge located in the park
     
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    Next day - excursion to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

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    At the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou. It was built by a govenment official who retired at a very early age.

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    The humble official probably stole so much of the government money that he didn't have to serve until the old age!

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    At the silk factory in Suzhou. Quite interesting (I think the factory store was the only mandatory part of the excursion ;))
     
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    The show of the modern, wealthy China came to an abrupt end as we left the motorway to drive to Zhouzhuang

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    Arriving in Zhouzhuang - a water town full of channels

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    The same pork product sold everywhere in Zhouzhuang.

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    The main channel, lined with tourist shops and cafes

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    Riding in a gondola

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    Going back to the group bus

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    Checkpoint on the motorway back to Shanghai. Apparently not everyone is permitted in!

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    Cantonese food at the Expo

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    The UK pavilion in the evening. The queue took 20 minutes (several hours during the day)

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    Inside the UK pavilion.
     
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    Next day - the lounge at the airport. The Internet is uncensored in the lounge!

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    This bird will bring me to NRT

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    CA C, PVG-NRT. Pre-departure drink

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    The business class cabin. Quite OK for a short hop.
     
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    Pepsi :(

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    Onboard meal

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    Dessert

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    Long bridge linking the Japanese islands of Honshu and Shikoku

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    Landing in NRT
     
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    The new Keisei Skyliner train. The seats now turn automatically in the direction of the travel!

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    In Tokyo

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    Omotesando avenue

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    Yoyogi park, 100% humidity and really fresh air compared to Shanghai.

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    Tokyo Tower.
     
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