Visit to China – Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and Beijing

In April I travelled to China for a two week trip, which included attending the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, visiting the Great Wall in Beijing as well as relaxing and taking in the environment and culture.

The Grand Prix was amazing and I even had a behind the scensles look at the McLaren garage.

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Grand Prix in Shanghai

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After the Grand Prix weekend I flew to Beijing where I stayed at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, a very good hotel and the room was excellent.
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I visited the Forbidden City which absolutely amazing and full of significant history.
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The Great Wall of China was an extremely inspiring part of my visit to Beijing. You’re on average 3,500 ft above the town below. The purpose of the wall being built is in itself very interesting.
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After Beijing I then flew back to Shanghai for the weekend where I stayed at Hilton Shanghai.
The view from Hilton Shanghai at night was rather special.
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Though in arriving at the airport the taxi queue was ridiculous.
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I saw a couple of friends who were also in Shanghai and took in some of the iconic architecture of Pudong right next to the Bund.
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I will share more of pictures soon and some of the interesting things I saw.

Just need to sort through the images and video still!

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Amsterdam for 14 Hours

This weekend just gone I travelled with a friend to Amsterdam for just 14 hours!  Why you may ask?  Well it was actually to gain the remaining 10 tier points I needed to move up to a tier with British Airways.

I arrived in Amsterdam at 8.10pm, made it to Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, checked in, got changed, went to the executive lounge, had a couple of double gin and tonics, a beer and then went back to the airport to take the train into Centraal station.

First drink once there was in a bar that I call “Monkey in the Corner”, purely because it has a life size monkey doll in the corner next to a staircase that leads to no place at all but a wall!  Next stop was another traditional Dutch bar where we had some more beers and some Bitterballs, a wonderful savoury local snack.  We had a few more beers and cocktails.

We then took the train back to the hotel at 1.45am, went to sleep, woke up, had breakfast and then flew back to London at 10am!

With the flight from London to Amsterdam being just 45 minutes it was actually a really easy trip, an interesting 14 hours.

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View near the airport

Cathay Pacific scandal to delay ad campaign

Cathay Pacific will delay a global marketing campaign, due to photographs of crew members allegedly engaging in a sexual act being published.

The airline was due to launch the campaign in September and the tagline was “meet the team who go the extra mile to make you feel special”.

Click the following link for a full story on BBC.com: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14526285

Been away again

I’ve been away again and neglected this blog for the last 2 months!  It has been rather a busy period, and I’ve been away for work during this time to Paris, Dubai and Washington DC, so I have some excuse I guess.

Anyway, I will be putting more interesting stuff on here shortly, and very frequently too!

 

New Virgin Atlantic TV Advert – “Got it”

The new Virgin Atlantic TV ad starts airing globally later this month (October 2010) on tv, in cinemas and on the internet.

Some great imagery and filming that really showcases the Virgin Atlantic product.  See it below!  I didn’t spot Sir Richard Branson.

Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express Advertising – Not Impressed

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve read the newspapers, watched tv and have seen the new brand adverising campaign by Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels Group’s other more budget brand Holiday Inn Express.

The headlines “Stay Impressed” and “Stay Picky”, lead the campaign.  I must say that I am not entirely impressed by the message or the creative.  The ordinary looking people is fine but it actually makes the creative look cheap, ultimately reflecting on the brand.

The other thing is over the “picky” element, and how they highlight you can choose a type of pillow, well this is nice but probably not the most important factor in choosing a hotel brand to stay with.  Good that they’ve tried to differentiate though.