IMG_6253Three nights and two days have been spent in Shanghai. Apart from being able to do washing and drying it during this time we had a wonderful time. The first day saw us in our cars early to drive to the MG factory. Because of traffic at 7.30 in the morning it took over 3 hours to get there . We were welcomed warmly and were given a tour in an electric cart of the factory. It was impressive to see the cars being assembled with most of it being automated. This was followed by an elaborate lunch at a Chinese display village. The plates kept on coming and everything from scallops to beef and fish dishes was presented. Wow…what hospitality!

We left lunch and it took another 3 hours to arrive at the service centre where the cars were to have oil changes, greasing and tyres rotated. Again we were welcomed warmly by the MG car club of China. The ladies were presented with a sherlock holmes MG bear and the men were given small model of the new MGZ car.


Ian and I met Angie and Dan Horan in the evening for wonderful meal at Vue, overlooking the old and new Bund.

The following day there was an organised bus trip but we decided to tour ourselves around Shanghai. What a great day although exhausting. We walked through the French Concession area on the edge of which our hotel was situated. This led us to the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Wow…this is a private collection of posters showing a stunning perspective of the 30 years of history following the establishment of the new China. We even purchased an english original copy of the “little red book”.

Exploring the charming shops at Tianzifang

IMG_6351IMG_6354and then we walked to the Bund and caught the underground cable car across the river to Pudong. To complete our cultural experience we caught the metro back to near our hotel, having to change trains once.

A wonderful day!

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