Running at THINK 2018: that was the year! - The least we can admit, and this has already hit Twitter all week, is that not everything went smoothly at our conference this year. You'd think, pun inten...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
My last evening in Hong Kong graced me with a typhoon (videos of the typhoon in the HK post below). So, I was a bit tired when I got to Shanghai. As I landed mid-day, I didn't get a chance to do my run until after business meetings. Despite the late hour, it was hot and humid still. Nevertheless, like each time I run in a new city, I enjoyed the run. I was in the Pudong region of Shanghai which was a newer growing financial district. I ran along city streets, passing the Shanghai science museum and some parks.
Right away I noticed an hierachy - runners gave way to cyclists - cyclists gave way to moped riders - they gave way to small cars - they gave way to larger cars. Taxies just didn't give a shi!
I ended up running through a small park and then on the way back saw some local sights.
The next morning I woke up and decided to run near Century Park. This was the largest park in Shanghai and I wanted to find the location as my web research told me this was a good place to run (and just a short run from to my hotel). I got there and ran around the outside of the park (it opens at 07:00 and I got there at 06:00). I had a great run and saw many other runners. Here are scenes from the outside:
At one point I ran across some older Chinese ladies practicing their sword skills with real swords. Not sure this would be allowed in a U.S. park.
Then as the sun started to rise, I headed back to my hotel knowing that I would run through Century Park the next morning,
The next day I headed to Century Park with 10 RMB in hand (equal to about $1.50) to pay admission to the park. What a bargain. The park has a large lake in the center and trails with rocks, stone and dirt paths through out it.
I ran past some wonderful coves and gardens and over Asian bridges. What a way to start a day:
As I ran, I saw maybe a dozen other runners. There were a lot of locals, one who took my photo.
The park has great flowers, lakes and designs.
Then, on my way running back to the hotel I noticed certain signs - yeah, too bad the communists ruling class in China can't see the error in their way and decide to allow capitalism to enter China:
After my run there, I decided to run and see other parts of Shanghai such as the Bund (old Europoean settlement area) and shopping districts: