After a full and interesting week in Japan, we arrived in Shanghai, city of 24 million, on the first leg of our China trip. Shanghai is vast and still growing fast. We were met at Pudong Airport by two graduate students from Tongji University who escorted us onto the Maglev train for the 30 km trip at 300 km/hr into the city. Breakfasts in major hotels of both Japan and China are large East-West breakfast buffets, with a full array of breakfast foods for every taste and many nationalities. I gave two talks at Tongji, where there is a strong research program in marine geology.
The Shanghai skyline is instantly recognizable as no other, and a fascinating mix of historic and contemporary architectures. “The Bund” promenade has historic buildings and many shops. In the evening, flashes of multi-colored animated light displays ripple up and over the Pudong area skyscrapers across the river.