Posted by: Jason | December 21, 2009

Shanghai Days 2 and 3

We wrapped up the trip with two light days – the Zizhu Science and Technology Park and Coca-Cola headquarters on Friday, then the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum and Yu Garden on Saturday morning.

Zizhu is a massive planned business community – dozens of international science and technology firms, three universities, and housing/recreation for 70,000 on-site residents.  A representative from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau gave us a really brief tour of the grounds, then brought us to Coke.  Unfortunately, instead of a discussing of the company’s environmental policies, wastewater treatment, or pollution controls, we got a 90-minute presentation on Coke’s Chinese marketing strategy and a tourist-type tour of the headquarters building.

Saturday morning was reserved for leisurely packing and goodbyes, but a handful of us left early and went to the Urban Planning Museum and the Yu Gardens market.  It was worth it for the scale model of the city alone.

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