13 Jun, 2018 in Shanghai

China Europe International Business School is one of the largest EMBA/MBA schools in the world with over 800 students each year. Located in Shanghai, it’s considered a very prestigious program for Chinese future leaders offering intense short programs to train the next generation managers in China and the world. One of the business professors I […]

7 Nov, 2013 in Shanghai
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Being in academia I try to make it my business to visit the local campuses wherever I go, especially if the local campuses are affiliated with well-known universities. Shanghai has its fair share of universities, many of them the elite of Chinese higher-education. Among the big names you’ll find Fudan University, Tongji University and the […]

16 Sep, 2013 in Shanghai
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Zhou Zhuang is one of the loveliest watertown daytrips from Shanghai. It has magical narrow canals with atmospheric old Chinese houses and ancient temples. But what’s a place without the people? Though there’s no doubt Zhou Zhuang has become commercialized as "China’s number 1 watertown" for some it still is a place to live and […]

6 Jul, 2013 in Shanghai
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Quite a few things to see when visiting the gorgeous watertown of Zhou Zhuang between Suzhou and Shanghai, but of all the local attractions the most impressive is perhaps the Quanfu Temple dedicated to Buddhism. It dates back to the Song dynasty (1086) and has recently gone through some impressive reconstruction.   …

5 Jul, 2013 in Shanghai
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Although I’ve been to a number of watertowns around Shanghai and Suzhou (see Qibao and Xitang1/Xitang2), I can’t get enough of them, and with Zhou Zhuang you can really see why. Though somewhat touristic and a bit over-commercialized, those watertowns are perhaps the closest thing you can get to what we foreigners would consider the […]

3 Dec, 2012 in Shanghai
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Want to see grand Chinese acrobat shows? Shanghai’s the place to go. With over 5 theaters showing the daily tourist trap performances, you’re bound to walk into one at some point. It took me three visits to Shanghai to try it out, and I made my decision as to which place to go based on […]

25 Jul, 2012 in Shanghai
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The Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower is probably one of the oddest looking skyscrapers in the world. Took me some time to warm up to it, and I remember that upon first look I thought it’s utterly ugly and that it destroyed the Shanghai skyline, but when you think about it – it’s actually […]

24 May, 2012 in Shanghai
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Xi Tang, one of the water-town daytrips away from Shanghai, has a lot of local attractions to complement the lovely water canals. I spent an entire day with an open ticket to all the local sightseeing attractions.   The official Xitang website has a good summary of all the places, so I’ll just …

5 May, 2012 in Shanghai
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For a brief moment in time the Shanghai World Financial Center was the world’s 2nd tallest in the world. For a brief moment in time, it also had the world’s tallest hotel. For the briefest of moments it even held the title for the tallest observation deck and China’s tallest tower. But, with the skyscraper […]

29 Apr, 2012 in Shanghai
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There are a number of temples around Shanghai worth visiting (City God Temple, Confucius Temple, etc.), but Jing An Temple is probably among the oldest of those. Allegedly dating back almost 1800 years, "only" 800 years in the current location, it’s seen its share of history, though it’s now almost completely reconstructed due to an […]

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