My trip to Shanghai, May Holiday 2002


Not much room in the sleep cabin of the Shanghai Express. Kim picked the bunk with the baby next to him and I was sleeping next to a businessman. The baby didn't make a sound and the busniessman snored all night.


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ALL RIGHT! Only 22 more hours on this train!


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The people in the dining car didn't like us staying there. I heard that this was going to be a problem, so we told them we weren't going to leave, and they left us alone.


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And the journey begins. Little did we know that the train station is just about the most historic location here. Shanghai is affectionately named "The whore of the East" because the Europeans bent this place over and gave it a good rogering with their big capitalist meatstick.


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View from the hostel #1.


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View from the hostel #2.


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Kim and I, happy we're not on a train. When we got to Shanghai, we immediately booked airfare home.


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SPEED CAT! We rented mountain bikes from these guys. About 100 yards from the store the first time, the chain broke. The next day, I woke up and the tire was flat.


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The hostel crew: Tim, Fergus, myself, and Benny.


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These bind guys gave pretty good massages. As an added bonus, we got to watch them bump into each other as they walked around the room.


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Here we are at the International House of Lawsuits. You cook your food over an open flame while burning embers of wood float about the air.


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Hostel crew redux: Tim, myself, Ken and Benny. Getting ready to get shitfaced at the cheap bar.


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I don't know what a "Bund" is, but that's the name of the place in Shanghai with all the money. All the buildings have distinctly European style.


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It took us almost 15 minutes to cross the street at night here. The government gives everyone their vacation at the same time. It's communism baby, YEAH!


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Close up of the most expensive ad in Shanghai.


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Daytime shot of the Bund from across the river. Not quite as exciting as the other side of the river.


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The other side of the river.



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What the hell kind of drugs was the architect doing when he thought this one up?



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Some high-school girls (pictured) who were out drinking at the Weigoren (foriegner) bar decided to take us up to the top of this building with lax security. The view would have been a lot nicer if there wasn't so much pollution.


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Shanghai Moon.


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The Windows Bar. Lots of English speaking foriegners and cheap beer.


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We were kicked off the roof of the hotel we were staying in. That didn't stop us from going back and getting booted another three times. I can't believe they let me stay for a week.


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Suzhou is supposed to be the most beautiful place in China. Personally, I think it's a big waste of time.


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This was as far as I was able to climb the building I explored at seven in the morning. It was seven AM and I had nothing to do, so I walked past five or six construction workers at the gate and just started climbing stairs. I cut my hand climbing through the bars on the previous level and figured I'd stop here.


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This soccer team was from BEIJING coming all the way to SHANGHAI to play a few games. That's a 16 hour train ride for football (they were pretty excited to see a white guy in a team China jersey).


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And there was a cloud in the sky, man, it had this big vein in it, man, and it was BLEEDING on me maaaaan.


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Bugs and frogs made out of palm leaves. It's nice to have a picture of them, but it'd be pointless to buy one.


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I didn't know what could have possibly been in this store. They're so anti-sex in China, it couldn't have been more graphic than a Danielle Steele novel.


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As seen leaving the train station: I think this message would have been better illustrated using those monkeys from the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" posters.


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I swear that there were more people in this shot when I took it. This place was mobbed: the "line" for the escalator was two minutes long.


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I think this accurately conveys how many bicycles there are in China.


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GOURANGA!


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I'm the king of ROCK, there is none HIGHER, Sucka MCs should call me SIRE!


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Gettin' friendly with the locals.


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Nothin left to see here. Jump back on The D!