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Shanghai World Expo 2010 – Photo Essay

Posted by on August 14th, 2012 in Asia, China | 5 comments

On my 2010 trip to China I ended up in Shanghai after a night train from Beijing; and since this was in 2010, the Shanghai World Expo was on. And World Expo is one of those things I haven’t quite ever figured out, so naturally I was curious. They have this huge area where all the countries come in and build a building for themselves and then they fill it with things they want to showcase about their country. And then people pay to come in to see the buildings and the stuff in the buildings. Which actually is quite like all the national houses in London during the Olympics. They were expecting about 70 million people to visit. That’s over dozen times the population of Finland; and a lot more than the population of UK. That to me...

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West Lake (西湖) in Hangzhou (杭州)

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 in Asia, China, Hangzhou, HDR, Photos | 0 comments

West Lake is arguably the most famous lake in China; not because it’s very big or because it is very deep, but simply because it is so breathtakingly beautiful. And after visiting the lake this summer, I understand why it has been such a famous location for over a millennium. The boat awaits It takes the whole day to explore the lake at a leisure pace. While it is indeed  possible to walk around the lake, I would recommend hiring a bike, as it’s not too expensive in Hangzhou and the traffic around West Lake is pretty nice as you don’t have to compete with cars. Or alternatively you can hop on one of the electric vehicles that constantly circle the lake transporting tired tourists onwards to the next view. Like I said walking is doable, but you better...

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