- $7,035.57 = How much it costs to travel around the world through nine countries over five and a half months
- Revisited: How to pack for an independent traveler with no set return date
- A glimpse in the thoughts of Bolod Namkhai Mukhadi
- Beijing to Ulaanbataar Mongolia: The nitty gritty of independent travel
- How to get Chinese and Russian visas as a United States citizen: My experience
- Writing assignment: "Inside The Candelaria Festival of Puno, Peru"
- Marathon hitchhiking: Southern Mexico to Michigan in 7 days over 3,400 mi
- Mango Surprise: Being the victim of a random, delicious act of kindness
- Legendary Vagabonder Rolf Potts with priceless advice on travel
- Fire juggler in San Pedro de la Laguna, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
- Romania: WWOOFing in Transylvania and back to the US
- Bulgaria: Nice cities, tipped off about an isolated beach, and getting perspective from a prostitute's cigarette burns
- Kazakhstan Pt. 3: Almaty, where kids watch pole dancers, and joining the family
- Kazakhstan Pt. 2: Astana, WTF? Diagnosis: major inferiority complex
- Kazakhstan Pt. 1: Whoa Aunt Jemima's!, the Darth Vader Mosque, and a failed haircut
Shanghai: The sights and the sounds
Written by Tyler Cole | 23 February 2011
My first stop traveling in Asia, I thought I might try to mash up a few videos that I took of Shanghai as opposed to just pictures (my camera has HD video, after all). Sorry in advance for the poor filmmaking skills, but I'm using a point and shoot after all. I thought this video might speak better than my words for the town. It's obviously not exhaustive, but just a few things that caught my eye or are not usually photographed. However, the aspect of Shanghai that I don't think I captured was the sheer size.
I tried to get a lot of aspects of Shanghai, from the materialistic to the spiritual, and even a shot of a John leaving from a "massage" parlor. If people like it, maybe I can put a little more work into them and make videos of the other places I visit.
Overall I really enjoyed Shanghai, first being graciously hosted by the parents of a high school friend. His dad was working on supplier development and had a nice pad on the west part of Shanghai, and it was a great place to adjust to the time change. I also went with his dad to the nearby town of Hangzhou, famous for it's longjing tea and scenery (Hangzhou article is here). I also got the chance to stay at the home of the family of a colleague from the lab at the University of Michigan, which was located on the Pudong side of Shanghai. They generously offered me a comfortable room for a few nights, and Yunzhe, who studies engineering in Australia, gave me a little tour of downtown.
Below are some photos: