Peter first came to Shanghai in 1978, and back then, there were no lights in this city. Everything closed at 6 pm except for a few government-approved restaurants that served really bad food. Then there was the original Friendship Store, where foreigners were allowed to buy drab green canvas bags, drab green Chinese army hats, some old wooden wind-up clocks, and really bad luggage.
Well times have changed radically. It is now the coolest city in China, and perhaps in all of Asia. For all the latest on travel Shanghai, tune in this weekend to Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio, broadcasting from The Peninsula Shanghai in China.
Click here to listen to the show streaming live from 10 am until 1 pm ET on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Featured guests include:
Peter Hibbard, MBE, historian and former president of the Royal Asiatic Society, discusses what attracted him to China, recounts the highlights of Shanghai’s rich history and shares the best places to visit in the city.
Terrence Crandall, executive chef of The Peninsula Shanghai, comments on adapting to life in the city as an American expat, the differences between American and Chinese cuisine, and cooking with unusual ingredients.
Russell Flannery, a senior editor and the Shanghai bureau chief of Forbes magazine, takes a look at China’s economy and the changes it has undergone throughout his time there.
Florent Bonnefoy, travel guide manager of Michelin Maps and Guides: Greater China, shares Shanghai’s must-see destinations and the process of overseeing Michelin’s Green Guide collection in Chinese.
Spencer Dodington, co-director of Luxury Concierge China, discusses Shanghai’s architectural design as well as how the city has evolved to welcome travelers.
Lynette MacDonald, editor of Shanghai Family magazine, provides insight into how to make the best of living as an expat family in Shanghai.
Han Feng, a fashion designer, compares life in Shanghai to life in New York City, explains what it was like to work on Madame Butterfly and the new Karate Kid movie, and shares a few of Shanghai’s hidden gems.
By Alex Francis for Peter Greenberg.com