Decathlon sporting goods

I truly love going to a Decathlon store! Good quality to a very decent price! Me and my two sons have bought a lot of clothes and sporting goods in Decathlon’s stores here in Shanghai. Our favorite is the big one near Zhouhai Road but most are OK since they are all fairly large and stock more or less the same items.

Decathlon started with one store in Lille, France in 1976 and was founded by Michel Leclercq. The brand came to China 2003 and have had a rapid growth here with aproximately 220 stores today. This large amount of stores in China make this the 2nd biggest market for Decathlon after France.

As I see it there are some issues with a brand like Decathlon. Their success greatly contributes to the decline of independent retailers and its spread of its own brands causes difficulties for traditional manufacturers.

I am part of the problem as I am a regular customer in Decathlon, but it is really difficult to resist their competitive price and good quality. However, I am more than willing as well to pay some extra money for brands like Nike, Bauer or New Balance. So for me personally I hope for the success of both independent manufacturers and big chains like Decathlon . I am a loyal customer of both.

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Crowne Plaza Lake Malaren

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Crowne Plaza Lake Malaren. It is a super nice hotel in the fast developing northern suburb Baoshan. It is about a 30 minutes drive from the city center and actually almost the same when going by metro line 7. The station, Meilan Lake, is just 10 minutes walk from the hotel.

The environment around the hotel is beautiful as it is adjacent to the Lake Malaren Golf Club. This golf course consists of 2 Jack Nicklaus PGA accredited 18-hole courses.

Both the hotel and the golf course are part of the greater Lake Meilan Luodian New North Town development.

In a coming post I will write more in detail about Luodian Town, or the Scandinavian town, a small town with architecture inspired by Sigtuna in Sweden.

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Shanghai metro

Shanghai is actually the third most populous city in the world so no wonder why rush hour here sometimes can feel like a nightmare.

The metro is really the way to get around the city. The metro system is the largest in the world by route length. I personally believe it is also one of the best with trains on the busiest lines every two to three minutes during rush hour.

As you can see in the photo above the metro can get very crowded during peak hours. Honestly it is over all a rather painless experience. Just be patient and be ready to defend your spot in line when the train arrives, cause the peoples’ “queue etiquette” isn’t as developed as the metro system.

The photo is from the metro station Century Avenue from the other day when I was transferring from line 2 to line 6.


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