I just returned from a work trip to shanghai recently. The work trip allowed me to meet up with a friend whom I have not seen in the last 3 years ago, as well as explore the city.
Shanghai as a city has developed so much and is continuing to grow. There is now a running track that runs from the north bund to the bund itself. We took a midnight run from the hotel to the bund and it was enjoyable. In fact, the MD of Shanghai told us that Shanghai is a very safe city and I must agree as well.
Wherever I go, the dynamism of the Chinese economy is still strong and has not diminished the least bit. While the prices of food and lodging has not increased to the levels seen in Hong Kong, I still sense that there is a large undercurrent of people who are still trying hard to make ends meet in this city.
The death of the brick and mortar is most apparent here, most of the cheaper products are now available online and those that remain need to be fashionable and upmarket enough for the face saving Chinese consumer. Most of these products have prices comparable to Singapore or any other international location.
On the work front, this trip has given me another opportunity to play a part in the new global HR setup. Even though HR is very far from what I want to achieve in my career, I am getting a better appreciation of how it is more than just payroll and more about people.
As of now, this opportunity is another stage for me to show what I am capable of. I hope the next 6 months will be one of opportunity.