On Tuesday, September 6, the guytai biking subcommittee checked out the 30-km route from Sheshan, a small mountain in Songjian out to the west of Shanghai (with a cathedral and observatory atop), in to the French Concession, then chilled out with beer at the Café Monmartre. On the way, we noticed the Happy Valley amusement park. During a conversation a couple days later, Conrad, an American theme park designer, said Happy Valley doesn't have anything to fear from the new Disney Shanghai, since they're such different experiences. We also noticed the 200-ha Chenshan Botanical Garden.
During the weekend of September 9-11, guytais took turns staffing the booth the World Events Agency so generously provided us at the Shanghai Expat Show (aka “the Expat Expo”). Besides educating passers-by on the benefits of the guytai lifestyle, a guytai’s daughter’s Interact (“baby Rotary”) club sold baked goods, generating cash to be donated to the Will’s Foundation orphanage on Chongming Dao.
“On October 8th, a group of guytais visited the SAET Group plant in Songjiang (the western, industrial, part of Shanghai). SAET makes a very specialized type of equipment, the devices used to induction-heat metal to very precise specifications (for a perfect balance of strength and flexibility). Unlike some of our tours, the SAET folks said “sure, take all the pictures you want. Our intellectual property is very hard to copy because it’s so high-tech.”
The plant has about 50 staff, of which three are Italians. In this picture, Ilarion explains to us how SAET devices have to use a combination of water and oil+water cooling to avoid overheating. SAET’s clients tend to be the companies which build the assembly lines for carmakers. After our tour, we ate lunch in the showroom-restaurant of the nearby AJISEN RAMEN plant; if nothing else, we were confident we weren’t eating fake noodles.”
Picture © Howard
On Thursday, November 13, the guytais visited the Sino-Finnish Centre of Tongji U. Tongji is one of Shanghai’s Big Four universities (Shanghai has many more, but these four are the ones in the country’s top 25, and they’re each huge—over 30,000 students).