Tourist visa tends to expire rather quickly, and when it finally does you can extend it in SH. But when your new one month visa expires, too – you have to go to Hong Kong. Depending on current regulations (and those tend to change quite often) you can extend it for a shorter or longer period.

Again, perfect timing for my arrival. The city is “celebrating” the 15th anniversary of handover to Mainland China. The Mainland put some funky decorations here and there but not too big and not too many in order not to irritate the already unhappy locals who definitely do not like the way Beijing manages things.

Evening firework show gathers a crowd smaller than that participating in the annual march against everything and everyone. July the 1st of each year is the ultimate opportunity for expressing their opinion about local policies, Biejing policies, violating human rights in China, lack of…

Street art

Shanghai is stunning with its dimensions, noise, density of everything and everybody… There is no free space to be found, no matter day or night. Even when you take the last subway you cannot just sigh and sink into your own thoughts. You have to think collectively here, immersing yourself into the stream of people flowing one way or the other. One of the most amazing things is the lack of accidents between the participants of the traffic, even though nobody respects traffic signs or regulations – bicycles and scooters dash through the pavement and cars hardly ever respect the red light. I kind of tried to collide with cyclists and motorcyclists rushing through MY pavement. And I almost got it, it’s just that the very last moment they twist and dodge like some evil snake – they don’t even touch you and there is no way you can let go of your frustration. You can only…