China travel guide showdown: Ctrip YouTube vs. the new Shanghai top 10 things-to-do list vs. sci-fi Shanghai

Culture | by Fred Shasta
Posted: March 3rd, 2011 | Updated: June 1st, 2011 | Comments
Pudong Lujiazui skyline Our China Travel editors are a flexible—and, dare we say, talented—bunch. Stephan "Top 10 Sexy" Larose and Sascha "Virility Shellfish" Matuszak are off on a two-week whirlwind tour of Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu and Hangzhou, where they'll be shooting fantastic video for the brand-new watch 'em on Youku if you like.) And Aimee "Daughter From Hell" Groom? She's put together a no-nonsense insider's guide for Luxun Park, which Stephan and Sascha also happen to have visited for a Ctrip YouTube video on parks in Shanghai. A taste of the kind of insider tip you'll get from Ms. Groom:
You can fork out the RMB 150 entrance fee and head up to the official observation decks on the 94th, 97th and 100th floors or you can take the free elevator up to the 100 Century Avenue bar and restaurant in the building’s Park Hyatt hotel, where, although a few floors lower down, you can put your funds towards a quality cocktail and enjoy equally spectacular views. Read the rest of Top 10 things to see and do in Shanghai...
Cheers to that! And then there's David "Spider" Perry and his cyberpunk-and-Negroni-inspired travel guide spoof. Giving you the lowdown on the future Shanghai of 2512 AD, it grew out of a H.A.L. Groupthink call for science fiction (other sci-fi Shanghai pieces from the writing collective include Katrina Hamlin's Restricted Areas for Aliens and Andy Best's Faded Pages Torn from Old Books). Anyway, we've seen the future ca. 2512, and it goes something like this:
As difficult as it is to believe today, this quiet fishing village was once a bustling megalopolis. Today, little above the waves remains visible, but at the height of its glory the original Shanghai was the financial and entertainment capital of the People’s Republic of China, not to mention the de facto money and pop-culture heart of the Earth Prime post-Water War era’s Han-dominated globe. Shanghai’s underwater ruins have long been popular with divers, ectopaths and the odd bathy-projection enthusiast. For the past two centuries few but the hardiest of extreme travelers have ventured to this remote spot on the far Pacific side of the sparsely populated East China Archipelago. Today, however, all that’s changing. Backpackers, fractal hoppers and a growing number of vanguard tourists are exploring Shanghai, drawn as much by the lure of the colorful indigenous human-animal hybrid Dongwuren population as by the massive lost city beneath the sea.
Freaky. Read the rest here.
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