I’ve just got back from a week filming in Shanghai – both around the City and capturing thought-leadership content from cancer experts from around the Asia Pacific region and mainland China. I was expecting quite a culture shock but first impressions were that this was a well-oiled, hugely dynamic megacity that was bridging the East and the West pretty well. Obviously we’ve all heard of the smog and pretty sad that it turns out to be true – everyone wearing masks, a pall over the landscape decapitating the high rise towers and turning the bling skyline into a fog of neon. Our camera crew were fantastic and curated our time there really well with full HD multi-camera studio and top notch location filming. The weather did clear up on the final day – hence the timelapse above! And we did treat ourselves to a very civilised nightcap or two in the Roosevelt – one of the sky bars dotted along the bund.
I did get a nagging feeling that I was in some enormous Chinese Truman Show. And slightly weird when Twitter and Facebook are blank – and Gmail is, well, managed. Pulling back the covers just a couple of blocks from the big shiny European store brands and western high streets, there was another side of life with some serious street food happening and some well-organised rubbish sifting. Great dim sum at Din Tai Fung – Thanks Robert!
Looking forward to Beijing!