No matter how the media reports, I am feeling the development speed of Shanghai is slowing down, from the tiniest things happening around me. Shanghai is still growing, but not at a speed like years before.
When I was in university, especially in the years of 1998, 1999, Shanghai changed so much. New bridges, new shopping malls and office buildings (like those in Xujiahui) and the elevated roads became into being. When I return from a vacation longer than 2 weeks, sometimes only for several days, I will find significant change in the appearance of the city. That was the most exciting part of the city and is among the most exciting memories I had.
However, I don’t feel the excitement when I am back to the city. The basic infrastructure of the city has been built and now the constructions are focused on improve, instead of build. I don’t see something very new when I am back. The city does not change at the speed it did.
The Shanghai’s growth seems to be slowing down.
P.S. F1 ticket
I got the assignment to buy 21 F1 tickets tomorrow for Sept 26, 2004. I am not sure if I can get it now – it seems too late. Even if there are some tickets left, it should be the grass ticket – the area without seats and people have to stand there to watch. Anyway, compared to those who traveled thousands of miles to Shanghai to see the circuit, it is much easier for us to watch it.