Sunday, August 31, 2008

Beijing Olympics & Shanghai impressions on a nutshell

I just arrived now in Tokyo, but I must summarize my rich experience lived in Beijing & Shanghai.

I can summarize Beijing Olympic experience as STUNNING!
I saw 21 games on: Football, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Handball, Judo, Kong-Fu, Basketball and Tennis.
Did 3 great sightseeings days: The Forbidden City; The Great Wall of China and The Summer Palace!

My secret project for the end of the year retrospective movie got some great new shots. Just you wait for 31st of December 2008 and see...

After Beijing Olympics closing ceremony, I only had 2 days left so I went to Shanghai, the city in mainland China for Finance & Trade, and thus is a city of international immigrants. I met my Brazilian friend Saulo, now a CEO for China´s branch of an international shipping company. He gave me an insight with a local perspective of the cities Highlights, among them: Shopping, Chinese Massage, the Pudong skyline, tailors that design and deliver a custom suit in 12 hrs

Thank you Saulo!!

Lessons Learned in Beijing Olympics?
* Buy a pre-paid SIM card to use your mobile locally with the friends you meet;
* Have Smoked Peking Duck and pearl prawns with friends @ restaurant near SciTech building;
* Buy the DVDs of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
* Travel with friends, and/or join groups to make your trip a greater experience;
* Shop in the Silk market, for silk clothes, bags, suitcases, wallets, ties, shirts, and everything you need FOR VERY CHEEP (as 10% of the first price offered, and close the deal in 20%);
* Go party in the Holland house (only valid for Olympic Games), and in Sanlitur neighborhood;

* Give up coming just because you have not been able to buy tickets.
* Forget to buy tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremony 1,5 years before the event.

But the best was MEETING PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, in the Olympic Spirit of ONE WORLD - ONE FAMILY!!!

Some of the international community (Dutch, German, Brazilians...)

The Dutch Hockey players!

The Great Wall and Uncle Ben (Steinbruch)! :->

TV & US Brazilians!!

Brazil´s VOLEY!

Brazil´s Kung-fu delegation!

Bruno de Luca Vai para Aonde? Por ai em Pekin!

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