Sunday September 27, 2020

Shanghai: The unreal China

Stepping off the KLM 747 at Pudong International Airport, there is an indefinable sense of foreboding.

1st April, 2006

Stepping off the KLM 747 at Pudong International Airport, there is an indefinable sense of foreboding. A uniformed policeman stands just outside the aircraft door. There are no ‘welcome’ signs at immigration.

Europeans queue in a line marked ‘foreigners’, with unsmiling officials carefully scrutinising each visa for several minutes.

A host of preconceptions conspire to leave visitors uncertain about the wisdom of having decided to holiday in the world’s last great Communist...

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