Settling in for Century duty in Shanghai

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

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56 floors up, this is the view from The Moodie Report’s Interim Shanghai Bureau.

I’m at the Jing An Shangri-La along with a few hundred colleagues from the travel retail community, here to attend the ‘China’s Century Conference’, organised by TFWA.

It’s always a pleasure to be back in this throbbing, sprawling city that (like The Moodie Report) never sleeps. I’ve just flown in from Hong Kong and just about have time to post this Blog before heading to the Opening Cocktail at Unico, Three on the Bund.

Just a few hours at Hong Kong International Airport today reminded me of why it is such a great airport. There’s always something new to see but actually it’s the old favourites that never fail to please.

It’s got some of the airport world’s greatest panoramas and if these don’t remind you all over again about the excitement of travel, nothing will.

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[This sweeping image takes in the airport’s two great duplex stores, Chanel (left) and Rolex (right)]

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There’s also of course the wonderful replica of a Farman biplane (below), suspended from the ceiling at T1 departures airside. The wood and fabric, French-made Farman was the first aircraft to fly in Hong Kong, where it was flown in Sha Tin on 18 March 1911 by pioneer Belgian aviator Charles Van den Born.

I flew in something rather more modern, a Dragon Air A321 to Shanghai, but I know which one I’d rather have taken. But for now, it’s time to leap onboard something more prosaic, a TFWA bus. It’s party time.

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