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Day 5: Shanghai

November 8, 2016 | By |

Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.

At Taoyan Village we try to have breakfast. Somewhat overwhelmed by the long line behind us (you order as you go in) we randomly order everything kinda wrong, but still delicious. We end up with some sausages in rice and an enormous bowl of ice cream.

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We visit the 1933 Slaughterhouse. It’s a brutalist beauty, described by Atlas Obscura thus: “Built in 1933 in pre-Communist Shanghai, the four-story building was designed by British architects and built by Chinese developers with British concrete. Today the building is an eerie Gotham-Deco achievement in concrete, glass, and steel, and the last remaining of its design in the world.” It’s a fantastic building.

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On our way back to the French Concession we pass by Double Rainbow, a massage parlor where blind masseurs give the best massages. So good.

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An excellent espresso at French Concession (West) and a bit of window shopping. Beautiful neighborhood.

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approach At long last, touchdown in Shenzhen

Late at night and with a 2h delayed flight we arrive in Shenzhen. Driving into town by cab at 2am, with the neon signs and city lights look ominous in the night smog. It’s like a scene in a David Lynch movie.