Gulangyu Island, aka Piano Island, is a village with about 20.000 residents and over 200 pianos.
Shanghai is the true heart of China, being the biggest and most developed city of the Asian giant with more than 23 million people. Small and irrelevant until the Opium War, Shanghai has been through ups and downs under Chinese history until 1990, when it started to reborn from the ashes. This is one of the post card pictures of the city and most famous views showing the neighborhood of Pudong which 20 years ago was nothing but rural undeveloped area. Today there’s the tallest China’s skyscraper, and the 3rd in the whole world. Shanghai reflects the speed and the intensity of the undergoing changes in Chinese society.
After more than three hours in a bus from Beijing, we finally made it to the part of the Great Wall known as Jinshanling – accounted as one of the most beautiful parts. To be there, face to face with one of humankind’s greatest creations is priceless. Since you’re kid you must have heard about the Great Wall, movies have shown her, even cartoons, and, even though it can’t be seen from space, its engineering and ambition climb steep mountains and slopes, presenting herself in a good shape even after thousands of years under nature’s actions and other sort of weather influences.
Besides the huge time zone difference, which makes you numb for a while, I arrived in Beijing in one of the coldest days of that year. Temperatures around -14°C and very windy. When I left the hotel without a jacket or a hat, I felt a heavy weight, as if someone had laid their hand over my head, but actually it was the cold wind starting to freeze me up.
Jumping to the other side of the world for the first time is a fantastic and exotic experience. It all begins with the length of the trip: about two days between airports and long Air China flights to arrive in Beijing.
Xangai, close to Hong Kong, is the most occidental and commercial city in China, being the main port of the country. High and night illuminated buildings are a characteristic from the local architecture. To support the energy demand on city, the electricity comes from the rural regions to the urban centers, say some Chinese. Besides most Chinese don’t speak English, calls attention their sympathy and we can communicate with them through gestures or basic words such as food, beer e best price.