To avoid the traffic going across the river, I chose to stay on the east bank of the Huangpu River, or Pudong, where all my meetings, exhibitions and the airport were.
It was a short trip, but packed and fruitful. This might be the beginning of a mega project. I had a nice chat with my friends the other night on how to face and handle stress. It was a good lesson learned.
Interestingly enough, we three gathered in Shanghai, flying from three different places and staying at three different hotels:
The club lounge of Double Tree was great. I particularly like the dinner buffet.
上海之行 — 待在浦東還是浦西？
I always arrive at the airport early, and have never missed a flight because of my late arrival – until last week.
I was having an early afternoon flight. My original plan was to skip the office visit in the morning and go directly to the airport. However, as our team got selected for the next round in a competition, I found it important to meet my colleagues before heading on a business trip. Time was tight, and I said to myself the meeting would need to finish in 10 minutes. Unfortunately, the meeting ran on for 50 minutes, and I ended up taking the next flight. This is a very good lesson learned for me. I should not take it for granted. A gate can close, and it really closes.
How to have Peace of Mind before your Flight
From now on, I will plan to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours in advance, ask my secretary to pull me out from any meetings when time comes and stay in the airport hotel for an early morning flight when necessary.
This makes me recall some of my favourite airport hotels such as:
- Royal Park Hotel The Haneda, Ota, Tokyo, Japan
- Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, California, United States
- Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Changi, Singapore
- Regal Airport Hotel, Tung Chung New Town, Hong Kong
Like today, I arrived at the airport 4 hours ahead, had a really good time at the airline lounge – working and eating. The Hong Kong style egg-tart was great! I even took a shower before making a move to the gate for boarding.
Yes, the three things I always do at the airport:
- Arrive early – work and eat
- Shop for souvenirs
- Take a shower
What are yours?
I met my friends from London in Shenzhen this morning. With no surprise, we talked a lot from Brexit, Great Britain Pound, to their retirement plan. They like Shenzhen very much, and feel like they may settle there. They are already enjoying sort of a semi-retirement lifestyle – working on stuff that interests them without worrying too much about business and finance.
During the very yummy dim-sum lunch, we also talked about flight and hotel loyalty programmes. They are IHG and One World fans. This time they stayed at InterContinental Shenzhen.
Looking at the blue sky and the modern cityscape of Shenzhen, no wonder this place is shortlisted.
After a nice dinner with friends, I was walking back to the hotel along the river. In my eyes was the Tianjin Eye, standing like a giant by Haihe (Hai River or the “Sea River”).
When I opened the door of my hotel room, I was caught by surprise. I could see the wheel right in front of me through the window!
A good choice if you fancy this view – book Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside.