Our man in Shanghai
FOW held a trade mission to Shanghai in November. Grindlay Clarke shares his experience of the event
Arriving in Shanghai whilst it is enjoying the tail end of a
cyclone, adds considerable dampness to what is already a rather
grey construction site. Your correspondent, however, was
daunted neither by rain, nor a total absence of Mandarin, when
he decided to eschew all offers of limousine hire, and make his
own way through the myriad minibus offerings to discover the
local conveyance, which, for a bargain fee of 30 yuan, would
transport him to the budget hotel which FOW had selected as the
Parsimony was rewarded, for upon checking in the guest
directory 'lodging regulations' stated:
1. Nausiating odours are forbidden in the hotel.
2. Don't shout, get drunk.
3. No fighting, gambling, drug taking and whoring.
4.The health club features table tennis and British pool
My first evening meal, with FOW's finest, Mr David Setters
and Ms Sue Lovell-Greene, was an extremely pleasant dinner in a
restaurant atop an elderly building fronting the Bund. All
Eurex product punning opportunities were exhausted early -
thankfully, as former Eurex ceo Jorg Franke was one of the
participants under the RTS name.
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