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Japan: Shanghai

Saturday, March 11

We flew with China Eastern, a you-get-what-you-pay-for airline, which meant a 14-hour layover in Shanghai. This was fine, as I had never been to China before; hitting two birds with one stone, A+. You always hear how shite the air quality is in China, but you don't really understand until you get there. I am fairly certain this is how my pneumonia progressed, but that deserves a blog post of its own. 

We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in the Jin Mao Tower, which was incredibly exciting, mainly because I had seen a photograph of its impressive atrium at the SFMOMA. I mean, just look at it. 

For the rest of the evening, Sam's friend guided us through the old and new financial districts of Shanghai. I wish I could tell you exactly where we were, but I don't remember. My b; I will consult Sam on this. It evoked Times Square, with all its pretty lights and hefty tourism, but with thrice the overwhelming stench of smoke. I swear, everyone smokes in Shanghai. 

Unfortunately, by 10:00 pm I was too exhausted to explore Shanghai further. We returned to the hotel, and left at the wee hours of the next morning to catch our next flight to Tokyo. 

Gloria Kohjapan, shanghai