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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Grocery shopping in Shanghai

I prefer the French chain Carrefour ahead of most other available choices in Shanghai. After many years in China I have learned to avoid going to these stores at peak times. If you visit the stores after work on a weekday you will quickly realize your mistake when you hear the saleswomen on microphones screaming about the yogurts and milk they are selling, when you are pushing your way thru the crowded, hellish and stressful aisles.

Screaming saleswomen, hellish aisles together with the not logical layout of the stores are three good reasons to avoid them during rush hours. Go there in the early morning and take your time to find the stuff you are looking for, don’t rely on the salespeople for any constructive help on finding products.

If I only need to buy a few things I prefer to pop into Lianhua, 联华. Lianhua is a typical basic local grocery store, they are usually within walking distance from most apartment buildings. They are really convenient for spontaneous and unplanned purchasing as well as quick shopping of small daily necessities.

The most unpleasant place to do grocery shopping is without a doubt the local wet markets. These are markets where everything is fresh and on display, meat, fish and vegetables of all kinds. Looks like a zoo and smells like a zoo. The shopping is done according to weight and everything is unpacked. Like another blogger wrote, some people love wet markets and some don’t. I really don’t.

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