This is my second visit to China, and I was very impressed to to be in what is now the largest city in the world. It is definitely more of the metropolis landmark than Beijing, which I had visited last year. I was staying at the Novotel Shanghai Atlantis in Pudong, and from my room on the 31st floor, the view was fantastic. Just as I was told, Shanghai does display all the signs of a vibrant financial centre, and convinces you, without a doubt, that it is the best place to do business.
To get there, I took a long journey with Qatar Airways. It involved a six hour afternoon flight from London to Doha, and yes I finally made it to city in the Middle East. But it was not for very long , just two hours later, I was headed for a nine hour flight to Shanghai, which had me arriving the following day in the afternoon. The experience was very revealing, and full of surprises to me, as I was passing through that part of the world for the first time.