Home' The Australian Senior Traveller : September 2010 Contents 4 THE SENIOR TRAVELLER September, 2010
WHEN there are so many exciting
things to see and do at the Shanghai
World Expo, it is at first disconcerting to
discover that you, an unassuming-looking
visitor from another country, have become
an attraction of sorts.
"Ah," they nod knowingly, "Kangaroo,
koala," when they learn where you are
from. "Can we take photo please?"
Young and old cluster around for a
group shot as cameras are produced and
shutters click. I idly wonder what remarks
this photo of a slightly bewildered grey-
haired westerner will attract in far-away
parts of the country.
It seems every Chinese at the expo has a
camera and is intent on capturing every
single element of this $69 billion dollar
event which now has just less than eight
weeks to run.
If you're planning to come, don't be
deterred by what you've heard about the
long queues for entry to the pavilions.
Is it possible to enjoy a great day without
venturing inside any of the pavilions?
Yes, for in most cases the exteriors pres-
ent the most interesting aspects. Just wan-
dering around the spacious 5.2km site will
take you on a journey of discovery -- and
there is free entertainment, such as street
parades and music shows, in each of the
Every day, the Shanghai Daily, available
at your hotel, will list what's on.
So spend a day or two at the expo and
then set out to discover all the city's other
THE 16th century Yuyuan Garden, a two-
hectare classical Chinese garden in the
middle of a bustling bazaar of the same
name in the old city of Shanghai, is a good
Then join the throngs at The Bund to
promenade the banks of the mother river
of Shanghai, the Huangpu. On one side, a
two kilometre sweep of historic waterfront
buildings; on the other, Pudong's gigantic
skyscrapers of varying architectural
styles. To see these buildings from above
take the elevator to the Shanghai Jin Mao
Observatory. You will reach the top of the
340-metre high building in just 45 seconds,
but what you will actually see from there
depends on the clarity of air on the day.
A clearer perspective of this ever-chang-
ing city can be seen at the Shanghai Urban
Planning Museum which makes sense of
the building frenzy that has taken place. A
scale model of every building in the city
stretches across a wide expanse of floor
and is continually updated (by a man who
gingerly traverses the miniature city on
When the hustle and bustle of the
streets gets too much, take a taxi to Fuxing
(pronounced Fooshing) Park in the French
Concession area to see life at a more
People gather to play cards or mahjong
with their friends, do tai chi or use the
pavement as a dance floor. A long notice-
board displays the day's newspapers
behind glass for people to read.
A popular pastime for locals is to take a
trip to one of the neighbouring water canal
towns, such as Zhujiajiao about an hour
from the city. And you should too.
You can wander the narrow streets filled
with the pungent smells of open-air food
vendors offering local delicacies such as
pork knuckles and "stinky tofu". You can
climb aboard a wooden boat for a peaceful
single oar-propelled ride through a net-
work of waterways, drifting past old wood-
en waterside houses and under ancient
arched stone bridges.
SHANGHAI abounds with cheap and
cheerful shopping, ranging from small
sidewalk shops to department stores such
as The Number One Department Store.
However luxury brands now have enor-
mous reach into Shanghai with China pur-
chasing a quarter of the world's luxury
Shopping in the crowds and the heat
requires stamina, but two popular shop-
ping enclaves are easier to negotiate.
Xintiandi, easily reached by taxi, has a
number of more interesting shops offering
contemporary Chinese fashion, home-
wares and souvenirs as well as a good
range of restaurants in shaded pedestrian
Tai Kang Lu is popular with westerners.
Its cutting edge design studios, artist gal-
Shanghai abuzz with
World Expo crowds
The Shanghai World Expo is temporarily swelling the city's already massive 25 million population to
record numbers as people flock from abroad to enjoy China's latest gift to the world, an event to rival --
even surpass -- the Beijing Olympics. However, as SUE PRESTON reports, it is the millions of people
descending on the city from within China itself who are giving Shanghai its extraordinary buzz. Most
don't have passports so the 130 expo pavilions representing almost all the nations in the world are
enabling some people to see, for the very first time, the world at large.
MURRAY RIVER RUN
SPIRIT AUSTRALIA CRUISES
PH: 1800 442 203
Cruising the length of the Murray River
accommodation in Riverland Motels
Blanchtown to Lock 7
5 days - 428kms
Loxton to Mildura
5 days - 505kms
Albury to Echuca
6 days - 500kms
Echuca to Mildura
8 days - 827kms
The Great Value
Asia & Beyond
* Fully inclusive from Australia, international &
domestic flights, meals, accommodation & transfers,
Entrance fees, English speaking guide! Compulsory
insurance, tipping & fuel surcharge are extras
10 Days Japan Cherry Blossom From $4080
Tokyo, Hakone, Mt.Fuji, Toyhashi, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyoto
9 Days Around Taiwan Island Tour From $1980
Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake
12 Days Mighty Yangtze River From $2650
Shanghai, Nanjing, Mt. Huang, Wuhan, Yichang, Chongqing
15 Days Egypt Encompassed From $3988
Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Nile cruise, Luxor, Hurghada
16 Days Vietnam & Cambodia Delight From $2980
Hanoi, Halong bay, Hue, Danang, Hoin, Saigon, Siem Reap
14 Days Cherry Blossom and Garden Tour $5080
Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kawaguchi, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka etc.
As well as these Fully Escorted tours, JTB can take care of your complete Japan travel arrangements, including Japan Railpass, All types of Accommodation, Transfers, Guided Tours.
Call us on 1300 739 330 or visit www.jtboi.com.au
JTB SYDNEY | Wednesday 29th September 10am - 12pm
Level 15, 383 Kent Street, Sydney CALL Kumi 02-9510-0176 JTB MELBOURNE | Wednesday 29th September 10am - 12pm
Level 6, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne CALL Tony 03-8623-0003 JTB GOLD COAST | Wednesday 29th September 10am - 12pm
36 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise CALL Jacque 07-5592-9432
JTB would like to invite you to a
JAPAN INFORMATION MORNING
It is a great opportunity for you to find more
about JTB's popular "Fully Escorted Tours".
Light refreshments will be served. (Booking essential)
Explore Japan by Rail - 15 Days
24 Oct 2010, 15 May 2011
From $5442 per person twin share
Explore Japan by Rail - 21 Days
10 Oct 2010, 14 Nov 2010, 15 May 2011
From $7252 per person twin share
This Fully Escorted Tour will take you all over Japan. Travel with your Tour
Escort on the famous Bullet Train, visiting Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Himeji,
Kyoto, Takayama, Hakone, Tokyo and much more. Our Tour Escort will help
you make your train travel a breeze. This tour is available in 15 or 21 days
Experience Japan with one of JTB's Fully Escorted Tours and let us look after you.
With an English Speaking Escort from Day 1, plus a local English Speaking Guide for your sightseeing, you can sit back, relax in the comfort of your luxury
chartered coach or aboard the famous Bullet Train, as you travel this fascinating country. Let us do all the hard work.
Discover Japan -- 12 Days
18 Dec 2010*, 16 Apr 2011, 21 May 2011
From $5172 per person twin share
Your Tour Escort will guide you around Japan's most famous cities, Tokyo,
Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. Take time out in the peaceful countryside of
Takayama. Travel with ease on coaches, trains and of course the Bullet
Train. Discovering Japan on this tour is made easy with the help of your
Tour Escort with you everyday. *Now available as land only
Beauty of Japan -- 11 Days
24 Nov 2010, 25 Mar 2011, 01 Apr 2011
From $6292 per person twin share
This tour operates specially for the spring and autumn beauty of Japan.
Experience the beautiful soft pink cherry blossoms that decorate the
country, or the warm foliage of reds, oranges and yellows on the Beauty of
Japan. Visit World Heritage sites in Kyoto and Takayama as well as the
modern metropolis of Tokyo.
Links Archive August 2010 October 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page