Shanghai’d Day 2

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Offerings at the Confucious Temple

Spent the day wandering the streets and neighbourhoods of Shanghai – Fuxing Park, Xintiandi, Confucius Temple & Yuyuan Gardens. Wandered down many an alley through ‘wet’ markets full of seafood, veggies, frogs and other unidentifiable things.

Cargo bikes - very impressive.

Marveled at the kites, sites and madness on the streets where a mix of buses, taxis, cars, mopeds, bikes and pedestrians try to co-exist without too many casualties. Loved the bikes, the bike lanes, the bike parking and the cargo bikes – very inspiring.

And what up with the donuts? There are a serious number of donut shops in this city, Mister Donut, Dunkin Donuts, Donut Express – it seems fried dough is universally loved.

The enormous amount of development on what seems like every corner is for the upcoming World Expo this summer – the Expo logo is everywhere as are the little blue mascots that look alarmingly like gumby. Rumor has it they’re expecting 70+ million visitors over a 6 month period. That is like having 2x the population of Canada coming to your city. Hard to comprehend the scale of it & hard to imagine it will all be ready and emerge from the bamboo scaffolding to greet the world on time.

I’m spending this evening prepping for the first of 3 factory visits tomorrow – this one is to the facility that ‘cuts & sews’ our bags. Looking forward to it – we’ll be reviewing the findings from a series of audits we’ve done in the past year and assessing progress to date. More on that tomorrow…

Expo guy is everywhere

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2 Responses to “Shanghai’d Day 2”

  1. Leah Says:

    Great photos! I particularly like the cargo bike shot. Thanks for the update.

  2. eli and nate Says:

    Awesome update. We love the cargo bikes too. The person pulling all that stuff looks like you, denise. We miss you. Please bring us some donuts and some frogs. Eli wants orange juice too.

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