Just got back from a week in China, its my 3rd time there. I get amazed each time with something different.
Spent most of the week in Shanghai, it was cloudy most of the time as typhoon Sinlaku was forcing lots of clouds in.
Western influence is becoming more evident, lots of KFC, McDonalds and Poppa Johns Pizza where all around.
We were connecting through Beijing so we took the Maglev train from downtown to the airport. This was an awesome experience. It covered ~40 miles in less than 8 minutes. Top speed was 430 km/h or ~270 mph.
I took some video on my camera, the quality is not the best but you can get the feeling for it.
There are 8 videos, about 30 seconds each, #5 is when we are at top speed. I've never been on anything on land that went this fast, it was really amazing.
Got to spend 1 day in Beijing, taking in the Great Wall, Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City. We only got to drive by the Birds Nest since we were so rushed for time, but it is truly a impressive site.
The Paralympic Games were still going on and the crowds around the stadium were large.
Overall I was very impressed, the Chinese really made their country look good.