I went to the old city of Shanghai… Was difficult the find it because all small streets are filled with people and little shops. You have to look very well to see the beauty of this location. This location was build in the “Ming Dynasty” by a rich family the Pan-clan. It has been destroyed several times: Opium War, Taiping Protest.
They renovated all and you can see this, because it look old but it isn’t. Its ok, now we have a idea how it was in that period.
Here you have a impression of the Financial Area called “Lujiazui”. This district is located in the Pudong District of Shanghai.
Below you have a nice view of this area. Check the 360° degrees image:
I was at my hotel, little relaxing and i saw a very nice oppertunity to shoot Shanghai Skyline in a different way. The sun and sky was so nice, i shoot some images and this one is the best. I love the colors, and you can still see the buildings and know its Shanghai.
At moment of my stay in Hong Kong the weather was not best. So i had to struggle with clouds and took me some time to create this image.
Again, original one is huge in file size so to see the full version: Download link
Pixels: 12185 x 3727 (45,4MP)
What a cold evening. but i went to the “Bund” where you have the beautiful view of the famous Shanghai Skyline. I did a well done Panorama image of this nice place. But because its a huge image i share it using a download link from Dropbox: Download Link
Original File information:
Size: 645 MB
Pixels: 20074 x 5940 (119,2 MP)
Here some nice 360° images of Hong Kong:
So, first morning in Shanghai. It was a very unpleasant start. I arrived at my hotel in Huangpu District. Went to my room and with every step i feel more and more sad. Smell was like shit, the smell of wet dogs, 100 of them in 1 room. I opened my room and was almost crying. This was not the view how Hotels.com show the room. Was sitting on my bed and look around. Took some images because i want this for my memory (i’ll create a book of everything).
After 30minutes i decide to check-out and booked in meanwhile a other hotel. The reservation was ok. But because of my lost of my Macbook and the Payment of my Hong Kong Hotel and some other payments i knew my CreditCard limit was almost there. But ill took a taxi and went to “Novotel Shanghai”. Arrived there and explain everything (Thanks god they talk little bit english). It was no problem at all and they make a deposit of the amount i had on my CreditCard. At my room i called Rabobank and they give me the instructions to transfer money from my normal account to my Credit Card so i can use it when needed.
For now im at my hotel room, not coming out this day. Have to settle, have to be relax about this. I know problems are everywhere and you can solve it out. Im gonna edit my images, my panorama’s and my 360 degrees images. Next post will be a post of my Hotel in Hong Kong of “99 Bonham Hotel” that was a nice one! Loved it. Cheers
First 4 images was my previous hotel in Shanghai.
Below you see a 360 degrees of my current hotelroom.
Yesterday i went into HongKong with a local friend. He showed me the district called : Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀). Before i stared my journey i was planned to book a hotel at this district. Im so happy i didn’t book there. Wherever you walk there lots of Indian people who ask to all the caucasians if they need a room or taxi. The crowd is huge. Every street every restaurant is full of people. I was so lucky i booked my hotel on Hong Kong Island. Thats the better place to stay and walk around. My local friend told me also lot of people who lives on the island almost never goto the other side of the river.
To reach the Tsim Sha Tsui you can use the MTR or Ferry. The Ferry is nice to do, you will also passed by Apple Store IFC Hong Kong. In the Tsim Sha Tsui District there are streets with only electronics, or camera equipment, or dry food. Its funny to see that this is centralized.
After a long day we went back and drop my camera and went to a Japanese restaurant. It was delicious! All the breakfast and dinners where good. Prices are between 50-150 HK$.
When you visit HongKong and walk around on the island you will think whats going on here. All small streets seems so old and bad condition. But its stil the upper class location. In every street you can find restaurants and places to buy food.
At the end i went to Hong Kong Station and used the Airport Express Shuttle. It will stop on different locations and will bring you easy and fast to Airport Express Train Station. Within 24minutes you will be on the Airport. When you arrive you can buy a 2way Airport Express ticket include 3 days free use of MTR for 350 HK$.
Of a overwhelming by reaching my hotel in Hong Kong I forgotten my MacBook from the back seat. I feel so sad. Went to police and called some lost and found departments… Hoping they will find it. But for now this will be my last blog … Maybe some very easy one and just some iPhone images. But no high red experience photo’s.
Today i went to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. This temple has a part of tooth of the Sakyamuni Boeddha.
you can visit this temple for free and when you done on ground floor go up and see this tooth yourself. You have to take of shoes and its not allow to take photo’s. The ground floor is allow. Below you see collection photo’s of this wonderfull temple
Here you can see the temple 360 degrees:
It was a experience !!! I was at the “New Bridge Rd” near my hotel. Crowd of people waiting for the countdown, Dragon dancers entertain the people. Most of the people are tourists. Some locals told me that the Chinese community are at home and watch the countdown on television.
It was also the first use of my lens i bought weeks ago. A Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and its amazing what i can do now!!
Shoot night shots without a tripod. Ok off course its better to use, but when objects moving you can setup your camera well so its not needed.
It was a great night. I loved it, I enjoyed it, I was there!
How they decorate some buildings and statue and some nice art made of fabrics:
Chinese New Year is coming!! From 8 to 9 february we gonna celebrate it. My hotel is 1 minute walk from the entertainment. This evening they had a rehearsal for the television. Also the winners of “The Voice of” where here. In Chinatown you can see lot of decoration and at last moment the sellers of food, cookies etc etc try to sell the new year eve stuff. Below you will have the visual view of this all !!
I got my new room. For now seems its much better then the first one. The guy was very helpful to solve this for me. After i moved my stuff i went to Funan Digital Mall. Always nice to walk around. Its bigger then the biggest Electronic shop we all know in Netherlands. The Red/White one. After Funan had some dinner and went out for drink with a friend.
Here a 360 degrees picture of Funan:
Flight KL 0835 20:55 Destination Singapore Changi Airport, Arrival 5 February 16:20 (Singapore time).
This long waiting journey has been started!!!
Ill will come back when im landed.
Countdown shows 17 days left… Almost there. A dream will become real!! People and friends who live in Netherlands. 24th February 13:00 – 17:00 a farewell / bye bye event in “Cafe 1890” Amstelveenseweg 1124, 1081 JW Amsterdam.
Also done… I have register my whole journey at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In case of emergency.
Finally, got approval for Visa China and Thailand. There was some problems with Thai one. But today got email that i can pick up my pasport within 3 days 😀 Happy. I can visit China and Thailand without problems !!!
I got a email: Rejection visum Thailand.
Because im goto Thailand 2 times, i need 2 visa to enter the country. Now they rejected it because the “double entry visa” does not exist anymore. So my travel agent send me this rejection. We do now a new request for a “multiple entry visa” and now i have to prove i have over 5000,- euro on my bank account.
Everything is ok. This is the first little problem in the whole trip/journey preparing 😀