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Discussion in 'Asia' started by judge4re, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

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    Okay, I'm sure that I'm not the only one in this town. Anyone want to get together to watch a race (the wife and I are partial to O'Malley's) or dinner sometime this month or next? Any of you guys from HK going to be in town soon?

    Cheers,
    Erik
     
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  3. bubba

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    Don't know exactly when I will be in town next time. Will give you a holler beforehand.
     
  4. stokpro

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    Erik, A bunch of us (20+) from Seattle will be attending the Shanghai GP in Sept. and could all meet up then. I forget what hotel we're staying at, but will keep you posted.
     
  5. W00dEar

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    fock shanghai, no wonder why my family left there 20 yrs ago. whole place is just BS.
     
  6. judge4re

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    Andrew:

    If you want, I can arrange two 17 passenger vans for you to take you from the hotel to the track. That way you don't have to know too much Manderin.

    Just give me a heads up a couple of months before the race.

    Cheers,
    Erik
     
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  8. stokpro

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    Thanks Erik, but I'm pretty sure we have hotel to track transportation covered. Looking forward to meeting you. What are you doing over there?
     
  9. stokpro

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    what's wrong with shanghai? i enjoyed my visit there last year. love the jin mao tower grand hyatt!!! awesome views.
     
  10. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

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    Working as an ex-pat.
     
  11. W00dEar

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    The way things work is just so damn shady.
    Seriously, I don't see how ANY FOREIGNER(without a hook-up in Shanghai) can buy F1 tickets. Their websit is a down most of time, the ticket ordering system does not work, the creditcard process system does not take non-China creditcard... The whole experience is a big joke.

    I got my tickets because I still have some family member back there, but I was not able to buy diamond section no matter what. What p1ss me off the most is, they can tell me straight forward that diamond tickets is not for sale to general public, I will be ok with that. but they keep lying, keep telling BS like they will release a small block every few days on website so just keeping checking. Checking something that would never exsit on a website that's down 85% of time and slow as hell the rest 15% of time?? WTF??

    I went back there 5 days in last 3 years, place is nicer everytime, food is wonderful, people are cool, but this F1 thingy is just really irritating me.

    Btw, when you are there for the event, make sure eat lots of crab, it will be in season :)
     
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  13. shelbee

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    Sound like fun for the event. But I think I will watch it @ Speed on my HDTV
     
  14. shelbee

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    Agree with Stokpro. Any city is unique there are pluses and minuses. If you don't like it, just don't go. But I am sure the food is excellent. This is the thing I enjoy when I travel
     
  15. judge4re

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    I just got an email yesterday. One last hospitality suite. Seats 10 people, around $26000 with all the fees.
     
  16. W00dEar

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    You mean like box seats? vip secition, whatever they call it?
     
  17. judge4re

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    Yep. A bit steep for me.

    As for Shanghai being BS, the wife and I had dinner at Jean Gorges last night. Prince Andrew was there as well (but not having dinner with a lowly commoner like me). I guess you're right, the police don't close the street when I try and get in the back of my car...

    For those in town, we'll be at O'Malleys on Sunday. Probably get there at 7:00 PM for the race. Look for the red bearded guy with the Ferrari of Houston polo shirt (or jacket if the weather is cooler).

    Cheers.
     
  18. Napolis

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    Ride that Mag/Lev train! $6. 265mph. Cool article in todays NYT's.
    Best
    Jim
     
  19. W00dEar

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    What are some unique restaurants there? I left 20 years ago at age of 10, don't know what is "in" now days in Shanghai.
    I don't care for Jean George likes because we have those right here in NYC, I want to try things that I can not get anywhere else. I tried some great Chinese places(all serving crabs and sharkfin stuff) last Christmas time, but not top notch western places that's unique. Only went to M on the bund, which is just like the sister joint in HK, average food, great view though. Xingtiandi 88 is just good for drinks the most. Any suggestion for good food that's unique?
     
  20. W00dEar

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    They got that going to the track??
    I thought it only runs from/to the Pudong airport?
     
  21. Napolis

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    Just to airport.
     
  22. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

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    Jim's right, only to the airport. I can see it come into the station from my roof. Haven't ridden it yet, but I have a friend from NJ in town for the next two weeks and it is on the list of things to do.

    As for restaurants, it depends what you want. The Hard Rock Cafe closed about 2 weeks ago for lack of business. As a foodie, I take that as a good sign.

    For entertaining Western guests, my list is as follows:

    Grand Hyatt (American Grill, Cucina, Cloud 9)
    M on the Bund
    3 on the Bund (I haven't tried all of them yet)
    Peace Hotel
    Paulaner
    Latina
    Paladio (Portman-Ritz)
    I can't remember the name of it, but the Italian one at the St. Regis

    Now, if you want authentic Chinese, the list is endless. Any style is available. Also depends which side of the river you're on. Only offensive part to a Westerner is their habit of answering their cell phones any time, any where.
     
  23. W00dEar

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    Hard rock cafe closed?? hahaha, is that the one right by Portman Ritz Carlton?? About damn time! I stayed at Ritz for all my previous visits, always passed by Hard Rock cafe(tony roman's on 2nd floor i think), place is dead, and they charge $12 USD I believe after 10pm for entry, what a joke.
     
  24. judge4re

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    That's the one. Tony Roma's is still there (hey, I crave ribs every now and then). Malone's is around the corner if you want a burger.

    After SARS, they stopped serving snake. Never was a big fan of having a live cobra brought to the table before they served it. You can get the three treasures at just about any of the decent Chinese restaurants.

    For the uninitiated, the three treasures are shark fin soup, abalone, and bird's nest (robin vomit as my wife calls it, she won't touch the stuff).
     

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