Jin’An Ladoll Service Apartment

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Ladoll Service Apartment is at the heart of city centre and only 5 minutes stroll to Jin’an Temple. Metro and bus lines are darted around within walking distance. The location is fab and simply offers the super base for anyone staying for a couple of days or longer.

By all means we put this one as one of our selections is not only the location. The vicinity is one of the most interesting areas in Shanghai. The street it is at is Yu Yuan Road, which is a long stretch road over one and half a mile. Its history dated back in Qin Dynasty, there had been celebrities and politicians living here in the cottages and apartment blocks. Lots of those houses still are around today, some have been kept as museums.

Ladoll is a converted apartment building with five storeys. There are two types of rooms to choose from: studio or with lounge. Reasonably priced, the rooms are pretty cosy with kitchenette. No flair but comfy in the décor. You can get on the metro Line 2 for a big grocery shopping if you fancy staying in, Carrefour is just two stops away. But you are so spoilt with choices and it’s a task to decide where to eat at such a prime location.

It has the character for an accommodation centrally based, you feel the buzz when you walk out the place and step into the pavement, Only a couple of yards away, you can see the queue at a DimSum outlet.

One of the good signs is lots of locals staying here. Plus, staff are friendly and helpful.

One of the sunny afternoon, you may feel so intrigued by the noise outside the apartment, next you find yourself wandering along this popular road, and, by chance you may discover your favourite antique shops, book store, music studio…

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Mao on the notes

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When I came to England, I often got caught out to answer the queries from my tutors and fellow students. Once on my dentist coach, my dentist suddenly quizzed ‘how do you think of Mao?’, when I was looking up the ceiling with mouth widely open. I am not of the generation who put political events robbed away their youth. I didn’t satisfy people’s curiosity over the analysis about Mao.

When I came to England, I often got caught out to answer the queries from my tutors and fellow students. Once on my dentist coach, my dentist suddenly quizzed ‘how do you think of Mao?’, when I was looking up the ceiling with mouth widely open. I am not of the generation who put political events robbed away their youth. I didn’t satisfy people’s curiosity over the analysis about Mao.

On the other hand, it is a complicated subject to discuss Mao, in an objective way. Mao was in the conversation then, his images have been on the Chinese bank notes ever since. Chinese economy was rapidly becoming the ‘World workshop’. The currency of Chinese yuan is thirteen-ish to one pound. In the peak, one pound reached a value of 16 yuan.

How time changes, fast forward Chinese economy has superseded the UK, Germany, Japan, it sits at the second row on the global GDP wealth table now. So, where is the value of Chinese currency? A couple of years ago, a pound could get ten yuan or a bit more; then post Brexit, a pound is now roughly 8.7 yuan. Apparently, one pound has halved the value that it was.

It may appear that your money does not go as far as it did. On the other hand, it presents great opportunity for export. With pound tumbling, UK export can sell more to the market.

The Chinese are craving for luxury goods and sophisticated service, this is a new age for anyone who embarks a path to empower businesses. Today, major businesses have established their presence in China, there is still plenty of room for the new start ups or SMEs, this is the market you cannot ignore when you want to survive and grow, especially anything luxurious.