Wow!

Shanghai is such a surprise. I was expecting a quaint, old turn-of-the-last-century city, but it's just like a set from a Star Trek movie! Yes, the charming old avenues and classic flapper-era buildings of The Bund are still here, but rising above them into the clouds are countless fast-forward fantasies of some pretty visionary architects. Everything here oozes creative freedom in a big way.

Luckily the old street markets still survive, 'cause my mission is to find lots of cheap antiques and funky Mao-era kitsch for my friends. My guide also introduced me to a market that specializes in "copywrong" products as he joked. OK, OK, enough with the shopping. But, you better rent a moving van to pick me up at the airport!

I was also surprised that Shanghai has some great little gay clubs. The comrades here are definitely fashion hounds and super friendly. You've got to visit the fabulous Eddy's Bar, which inspired me with lots of re-decorating ideas to show off my new collection of Chinese porcelain. Oops, shop talk again.

Anyway, you guys better make plans to come back with me next year. In the meantime, don't work too hard!

-- Trevor
 

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