M50 Creative Park – Shanghai Off the Beaten Path

Shanghai Off the Beaten Path

Earlier this week I was in Shanghai on business. Had free time on Saturday, and since I was staying in the area near the Shanghai Railway Station, decide to explore the neighbourhood around the Intercontinental.
Ended up having a good walk in the area, crossed Suzhou creek, passed by a number of fruit and vegetable stores and local fast food places. Certainly a way to refresh your experiences in local Shanghai.

China Shanghai M50 Creative Park

M50 Creative Park

Eventually I came to the M50 area. The actual address of the art area is No.50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai.  Walked through a number of art galeries / small art shops and even had nice chat with several of the artists.
You can buy some interesting porcelain, tea sets, leather items and clothing.
Overall good to explore – especially if the weather is nice.

China Shanghai Street Art

Street Art in Shanghai

If you come from Aomen Road you will get to experience also some interesting wall murals.

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Chunfen – Springs Comes to China

Spring Traditions – Chunfen

Living in China, I am constantly reminded of centuries old traditions.  It is very interesting to note how in this vast country with cosmopolitan cities, traditions appear to be growing in importance.  On Monday, March 20th – one of the many customs is being celerated.  Chunfen marks the arrival of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere / China.  Fields around Shanghai are covered in rape flowers and peaches, plums are begining to bloom in many parks around the cities.  This is also the time the kites appear – you can see many of those starting to color the skies above the Bund in Shanghai…

China Beijing Tian Tan Temple of Heaven

The tradition as I understand dates back for over 3000 years and in Beijing for example the emperor would lead the royal court to official ceremonies to pray for good harvest…

If you want to see the beautiful side of this time period and festival go to one of the parks in Shanghai – and experience the blossoms starting to show up on trees…

What other festivals do you find interesting in China? 

China Huanshan


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Shanghai Photo of the Day

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Shanghai  We continue the postings of a few photos as frequently as possible… Why?  Because it is fun…and may be you will find some interesting places you would like to explore by yourself.   If you would like to see … Continue reading

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In the spirit to keep the audience focused on Photos from the key cities in China, here is the next few from The Bund in Shanghai 


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Shanghai: Photos for Today


Here, I continue to publish photos from life around the city of Shanghai.  hope you enjoy them.  Then if you want to find some more digital images head out to http://travel-photos-52.com

In the mean time – here is more from Shanghai.  The photos below were taken at the area of the Bund near the Peace Hotel on Nanjing Street.  It is amazing to see the Bund devoid of people….as the day is just starting….Enjoy

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Plane Carry-On Bag Packing Tips

Plane Carry-On Bag

The holidays are fast approaching and with that many of us will get on the plane headed to spend time with friends and family as well as take some well deserved time off on a vacation.   With that in mind, how do you make travel more comfortable is one ever existing challenge.  

Travel the worldIn general, I see two different approaches to packing a carry-on bag for a trip.  One, for the business traveller / trip, and a second, different approach, for the leisure travel we take.  Let’s see what those two methods are – at least in my opinion

Carry-on Luggage Traveler Case A: The Business Traveller

One thing I have learned during my years of traveling on business (all told – 3M miles plus flown) is that you need to be flexible and mobile.  Therefore, pack your luggage accordingly – no check-in bags.  Which in turn, means, your carry-on is your whole luggage!

Why is that important — well, having carry-on luggage only allows you to change from one flight to another, when things go wrong (delayed or missing flights) – having no check-in bags allow you to be flexible and allows the airline to book you in the last minute on another flight, which can help you make that meeting you would miss otherwise!

So, what do you then out in your carry-on bags?  Simple!  All the clothing you need for your trip, shoes (dress and sports), your electronics (laptop, chargers, portable drives, adapter plugs and converters, noise canceling headphones), medications, snacks – those are critical – when you travel you may have a challenge getting food if you arrive late and restaurants are closed.  What then?  How about some great sources of protein – peanuts (sorry if you have allergies)

Case B: Leisure Traveler 

Now we are talking something quite different – you are headed on a well deserved vacation.  You need to start the vacation the moment you get going even on board the plane.  So you have to have all the necessary fun items in your carry-on bag.   Start with the  noise canceling headphones – bring those as you will have a great time watching a movie or enjoying music….and not hearing kids crying etc.

Flight Sky CloudsOne of the things I always remember to bring are my multiple cameras – what other way are you going to capture the great moments.  The photos from the trip will continue to bring you great memories years later.  Plus you can capture great photos of the flight, the sky and may be your family asleep in funny poses… Oh, well do that at your own peril.

TRAGBARS 3 in 1 Toiletry Bag DETACHABLE for Men & Women toiletry TRAVEL bag WATERPROOF cosmetic bag c/w HOOK for HANGING toiletry bag DELICATE nylon bag. Perfect gift for the holiday season.

OK, so hopefully these items will help you have a pleasant flight, nice experience and a successful overall trip.  Safe Travels!

Sunset at 33K feet


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Shanghai Skyline 上海

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Shanghai Skyline How about the Shanghai Skyline…?  You can see it below.  May be you can recognize some buildings that you know.  Or may be you will get excited and plan to visit the city.

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Gifts for the Traveller

Gifts for the Traveller

The holidays are coming fast.  Just two days from now is Black Friday and eventhough it has lost some cache as the one day for major deals, it still serves as a reminder – have you bought gifts for the traveller – the friend or relative in your life that is either a road warrior or travels just for fun.

With that objective in mind, I am putting together this posting – hopefully as a useful guide to help you find the gifts you need.  Have I tried all the items on this list ?  Well, no, some of them are too new, as well as, I have had enough experience with these and similar products in my travels to be able to assess their potential.

While today’s planes (especially those bound on international flights) offer power outlets with increasing frequency, some of the items on the list below are intended to help you arrive with charged mobile devices and ready to roll.

The list below is no particular order – it is truly reflective of my own experience of traveling 200K miles on planes this year (and in previous years)…Hence the recommendations:

  1. Noise canceling headphones.   I like the ones which are IN EAR – why?  The over the ear ones cause physical discomfort after pressing on my ears for 8 hours (or 16 hours on a flights like Dallas to Hong Kong)… As a result I like the Bose headphones shown here           
  2. Charging power banks:  I am sure you have arrived at your destination only to start searching immediately for power outlet to charge your phone so you can make that call to find your car, or colleagues.  The need is even greater when you arrive at a foreign airport and the person who was supposed to be waiting for you is not there….or your plane was late… The portable power bank becomes invaluable in those situations.   Which one to buy?  I have used multiple – Mophie, Sony, Anker… I usually look for the one with at least 15K mAh capacity so you can charge several devices at least once each.     if you prefer a very slim one with the power to charge one to two mobile devices once, then the Mophie is a good one.  I have used it for over one year and am happy with it.      
  3.  Portable Keyboard – it is a great tool for you while traveling.  If you are going on a leisure trip you most likely do not want to lug around big laptops (no matter how small they have become these days).   A mobile device (tablet or a smart phone) plus a keyboard like the one reviewed here is the way to go.  

I will pause here and let you think if any of these work for your plans.  The next installment will come out in a day or so.   In the mean time – please give me feedback…!



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Nanjing – From Bird’s Eye View

Nanjing Bird’s Eye View

Greetings!   I have always been amazed at the different views one gets when staying at high floors of either hotels of appartments we all live in.   This time around – let’s have a view of the city of Nanjing….

Here are a few photos – and more will come by the next weekend.  Enjoy


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More from India — The Taj Mahal in Photos

Taj Mahal

Agra - Taj Majal

  Agra Taj Mahal

This is probably one of the world’s most photographed sites.

The mausoleum and its surrounding buildings (like the guest house shown on the photo here) are all incredible demonstration of architecture and art.

But my words and descriptions are not much compared to the actual images – so you can just go ahead and browse them…

I have migrated my photo galleries to a new Blog.  The objective is to provide a much more focused and easy to use – I hope that is the case, but you be the judge – interface and overall setup. 

The new Photo Blog is located here and the Taj Mahal set of galleries on it can be accessed via the image link below.  Enjoy and do let me know with feedback.

India Taj Mahal

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