On Tuesday, 13 September 2011, a five-guytai contingent headed south out of Shanghai to look for a bore. No, the car (as nice as it was, courtesy of a wife's job with a major automotive firm) was too small to fit in a sixth guytai; rather, we were in pursuit of a tidal bore. In certain places of the world-where there's a wide, deep, east- or west-facing bay shaped like a funnel to a narrow, shallow river-the incoming tide is concentrated into a wave which can be meters in height. And lo, near Shanghai, we have one of the top three tidal bores in the world-some say the very biggest.
The project I've spoken about earlier on Chomgming Island is well on the way and thus far I have received 3 computers of which 2 could be fixed. We still need more hardware for the school so if you or someone you know happen to have old computers, printers etc. please let me know. The kids will need at least 7 computers and my company will repair broken computers for free as well as destroying existing data on the hard drives for good at no cost.
We will also need people who are interested in helping with construction be it pouring concrete or applying paint. Please feel free to let us know and if you're not part of the Guy Tai group you can contact us through the "Become a Member" link, simply add information that you're interested in sponsoring hardware in the application form.
On Tuesday Mat 24 a group of us met at the Puxi and Pudong Ferry docks and set out for an exploratory cultural tour of the new “Cool Docks” area and the South Bund. We explored the Waterhouse Hotel that faced the new sandy beach next to the lovely blue Huangpu river and taste tested two of the restaurants in the Cool Docks complex – and Indian establishment and a burger place – both served good food. The roof bar of the Waterhouse hotel was not open but we did get a private tour of the place – definitely a bar to consider on a cool spring/summer (ha) night though I do think it might be pricey.
Thursday May 19 saw eight Guytais take a road trip to Sheshan, a small hill one hour west of downtown Shanghai. For those of you who don’t know it, it’s about the only hill anywhere close to the Shanghai delta. The hill is visible for miles around and it's notable for a cathedral and an observatory on the top. The hill itself is covered in trees and is a well known Shanghai beauty spot which attracts thousands of visitors on weekends. The cathedral was designed by Portugese missionaries and was built between 1939 and 1958. It was gutted during the Cultural Revolution and the stained glass windows were destroyed, but it was restored later on and today it’s an imposing structure and it’s the largest Christian church in Asia. The observatory was built back in the 1920’s with involvement from the French. Today it’s a museum.
On May 10 9 Guytais set out to visit Dishui Lake, which claims to be the largest man made lake in China. It is located SE of Shanghai just at the very tip of the land before Ocean takes over. In fact, the developers reclaimed a surprising amount of what was wetlands to create this lake and what will become the city that surrounds it. The plan to to house up to 800,00 people in the surrounding city. This is a city in the process of being built so if you come out to explore you will need to use your imagination. The lake is connected to the ocean through a canal that has a substantial lock on the ocean side to prevent the ocean water from filling the lake. It appeared that the lake was being fed by one of he local streams/rivers, and appeared to be fresh water.