The Bund

The list of “must see” places in Shanghai is short. My travel “bible” is the book “1000 places to see before you die.” I track my progress against that list here:

The Bund is one of two places listed for Shanghai, China. It might be the most photogenic place in Shanghai.

I arrived at sunset, which was lovely; but I’ve heard sunrise is even better.

I think it will be my favorite place to walk.

I’ve seen lots of other pictures of the Bund, but what surprised me the most was the river traffic.

I live near the Mississippi River in St Paul. I’ve stayed on the Thames in London, the Seine in Paris and traveled the Danube river. I have never seen so much boat traffic on a river anywhere else. And I was shocked at how fast some of the barges were going.

I love to kayak. I asked a friend before arriving in Shanghai if I could kayak on the river. She laughed, and now I know why.

After seeing the Huangpu river night I had a funny vision in my head of kayaking “frogger-style” across the river – and losing.

I look forward to exploring both sides of the river.

Chinese Medical Exam

If you are going live in China for more than one year you must submit for a medical exam. They did the following tests:


Eye exam

Ultrasound of liver/stomach?

Blood draw

Blood pressure

Chest X-ray

Health questionnaire


I asked several people about the purpose of these tests; and got a variety of answers. It would make sense to look for communicable diseases, such as HIV and tuberculosis.

I am not sure I passed the eye exam, but I won’t be driving so perhaps it doesn’t matter.

What are they looking for?

How did this happen?

I am moving to Shanghai, China. How? Why?

I have long dreamed of living, at least part time, in Paris, France. But I never actually believed I would leave the US to live anywhere else; much less a country I have never visited before – China.

DH works for 3M and has traveled to China (Korea and other places) many times over the years. I met him in Singapore once, but was never excited about visiting China.

He started looking, within 3M, for a different job, and this 2-year assignment basically fell in his lap. I’ve known for years that he wanted an overseas assignment, but those were getting more and more rare. It costs a company a great deal of money to transfer an employee from the US to another country.

This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

I know that, but it took me several months to get on board with moving to Shanghai. And, I am still not sure I am really there yet; but more to come on that.  I leave Friday for a short visit.