Posts Tagged ‘Shanghai’
Superlative words about China’s building of skyscrapers there aren’t enough of!
Here’s the latest tower over them all:
It does bring to mind the adage of “What goes up must come down!”
With the fire in the 30 story tower last month that killed 57, it seems that we should pay more attention to the adage!
- China’s Skyscraper Boom Buoys Global Industry (abcnews.go.com)
- Deadly Shanghai Fire Underscores Shortcuts in China’s Building Boom (time.com)
- Skyscrapers: Stand tall (economist.com)
It could be a personal illusion, but the real sense of making my way here is with me tonight and it feels euphoric.
I did a few real things today and got paid for it with a promise to pay more later. And I got a real prospect of marketing into a big market later this week.
How can I not think I am making some kind of headway? And I doing it with Chinese associates, even though I speak nominal Mandarin. The secret it finding the right associates and I seem to have found one rough jewel, Dean, and my own assistant, Scott, who feels more reliable and worthy of trust.
I have to say to the blogosphere that doing business in China boils down to finding the right Chinese associates. Although I will add this proviso! I am at the beginning of the commercial journey, the very edge of the beginning!
But if you think that my feelings of good existence comes down to marginal commercial success, let me set you right. I have a feeling of good life! I am usefully employed with prospects of better things, I have good Chinese and foreign friends and business associates. I have business connections with Chinese and Chinese organizations that I built myself. I am happy that is working, or seems to be.
I enjoy lots of good wine, spirits, cheese and crossover cuisine at home. I have good convivial friends for dinner and light partying thereafter. I have a warm and cooperative connection with one family that owns a respectable manufacturing company and I do more than English training for them.
- A Rather Disappointing City – Dalian, China (travelpod.com)
- RPT-Dalian Port to raise up to $904 mln in Shanghai offer (reuters.com)
- Dalian Take 2 – Dalian, China (travelpod.com)
- Intel Opens First Chip Manufacturing Plant in China (nytimes.com)
I posted about the start of this when it began:
Driverless vans end 8,000-mile test drive to China
Four driverless electric vans successfully ended a 8,000-mile (13,000-kilometer) test drive from Italy to China — a modern-day version of Marco Polo’s journey around the world — with their arrival at the Shanghai Expo on Thursday.
The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras that work together to detect and avoid obstacles, are part of an experiment aimed at improving road safety and advancing automotive technology.
The sensors on the vehicles enabled them to navigate through wide extremes in road, traffic and weather conditions, while collecting data to be analyzed for further research, in a study sponsored by the European Research Council.
- Driverless vans end 8,000-mile test drive to China (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Without driver or map, vans go from Italy to China (ctv.ca)
- Driverless vans end Italy to Shanghai trip (cbc.ca)
- Driverless van covers 8,077 miles between Italy and China (cnn.com)
It surprises me that an Italian R&D facility is leading this novel live experiment. And of course any project that has its home base in Italy offers great images:
And here is the text post that accompanies the image:
21 July 2010, 7:24 pm
July 21, Mr. Graziano Delrio, Reggio Emilia’s Mayor, greets VisLab’s Intercontinental Challenge offering the crew an Italian flag, emblem of this city where it was originally created in 1797. The flag – known as “Tricolore” – will attend the trip all the way to Shanghai where it will be given to Milan’s Mayor Mrs. Letizia Moratti as a handover to 2015 Expo’s hosting city.
It seems that Americans are not any part of this advanced application of robotics and solar power. Hold the hankie Tom Friedman!
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- Robot vans begin 3-month Italy-China journey (news.cnet.com)
- Solar Powered, Driverless Cars To Drive 8,000 Miles from Rome to Shanghai (treehugger.com)
Since Robert McCrum’s recent book about the English language phenomenon the world over is being reviewed in many parts of the world where English is used for everyday discourse, as for example in Malaysia, India, and hopefully in certain parts of China like Shanghai, a Google search this morning 2010/5/24 listed more than one hundred relevant citations which is something of a record for us.
Here is the link to this website which offers an interesting set of photos, descriptions and videos about Shanghai and the upcoming 2010 World Exhibition!
Here’s one example:
In the foreground is the new Shanghai and across the river the older city with the Bund prominent on the riverside.
He has many sets on his flickr site all under Creative Commons license. Just great stuff!