Shanghai: Prostitutes, pollution, and fried chicken

I arrived in Shanghai one day ahead of what is expected to be its largest typhoon in years. From the airport, I took the Shanghai Maglev Train, one stop, and from there I took a taxi to my hotel, located in the Bund, a colonial riverside neighborhood of Old Shanghai, the river being the Huangpu River, which splits Shanghai in two: Puxi to the west of the river, and Pudong to the east. The Bund is the cultural center of Puxi. While waiting for the Maglev, I watched coverage of ping pong from the Olympic Games. China led South Korea.

Shanghai is one of China's cleaner cities; however, the atmosphere seems more polluted than my previous trips to China, even Beijing, although to be fair it is probably just the typhoon.

At the hotel, I decided to get a massage. Approaching the spa, I was intercepted by a prostitute who was loitering in the hotel and presumably shoving business cards in the hands of any foreigner who walked past. I spoke with her for a minute or two, partly to be polite and to allow her to "save face" following my rejection, but also because initially I thought she worked at the hotel spa. She wasn't dressed like a prostitute, but her broken English made her intentions clear.

Before my spa treatment, I drank jasmine tea and crysthanymum tea, and afterward I was offered lemongrass tea, fresh yogurt, dragonfruit, canteloupe, and watermelon. My favorites were the crysthanymum tea, which tasted like buttered popcorn, and the dragonfruit, of which my masseuse said, "In China, too much dragonfruit."

After clearing customs at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the first thing I spotted was the Ronald McDonald of China: Colonel Sanders, alongside his pesky Lǐ-Xiǎolóng-branded rival, Kungfu. Lǐ Xiǎolóng (李小龙 / 李小龍) translates in the West as Little Dragon Lee, the name of a guy more widely known as Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee's face is plastered all over Kungfu, a healthier alternative to KFC, which is by far the #1 overall fast food restaurant in China.

The Shanghai Maglev Train (or Shanghai Transrapid) doesn't run on tracks. It levitates above the tracks, and during my trip it reach speeds of 301 km/h = 187 mph, but during rush hour the Maglev reaches 431 km/h = 268mph, making it the world's most fastest commercial train.

I'm curious to know what exactly Nini wrote on her business card.