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An Indian Manufacturing Executive's First Visit To China - Part 7.

The author is an Indian executive, specialising in the automobile manufacturing industry and currently based in Muscat, Oman. These are his first-hand experiences of China.

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After the factory visits, took the flight back to Shanghai.

I reached the domestic airport and was told that there was a coach service from the domestic to International airport (the one I had landed for entry to China).

I checked in the baggage with the airport authorities and took a bus out to the city.

Here it was about 1900 hrs and was dark but the sheer size and magnitude of China's excellent infrastructure really is seen here.

At one time there were five levels of roads, and we were on the fifth level in a regular sized big 35 seater bus.

All the lower level roads and bridges took you to different towns or parts of Shanghai.

So if the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai ( Bombay ) plans to transform Mumbai into a Shanghai as they have proclaimed often; it will probably take the next three to four generations for them to do so if it is possible at all.

First, they need to discipline people. I was told that people in Shanghai reached their offices by 7 AM in the morning.

As I had said earlier, I saw a lot of ladies as policewomen, porters, airline and airport security staff and taxi drivers.

Yes even buses are driven by ladies, a scene that you will almost never see in India.

I had to take back the bus immediately back to the airport since I was running out of time.

So reached the airport, claimed by baggage; and took the bus to the international airport.

The distance is 55 Kms and the bus took exactly 55 minutes to travel from the domestic to the International airports.

Checked in, collected my boarding pass and waited for the flight back home, reflecting on my experiences there.

I was quite hungry by now and ate the rawa ladoos (Indian sweets) again at the airport itself.

Landed at Dubai airport after exactly 9 hours and spent time at the duty-free shop. Then waited for the flight back home to Muscat.

On reaching home told my wife that I wanted plain Indian vegetarian food, had lunch and went off to sleep for an afternoon siesta. Was fresh in the evening, and back to the regular routine at office.

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