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shanghai-confucius-temple-wishesGreetings from China! I’m here in Shanghai managing catering for the guests at a global beauty brand’s conference. Above is a scene at the Shanghai Wen Miao, also known as the Confucian Temple: these wishes will be tied to the wishing tree. I’m staying at the Westin Bund Center where there’s a daily Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in the lobby decorated with a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.westin-shanghai-bund-centerA few blocks away, the waterfront area of Central Shanghai is known as the Bund and a central figure is the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Towershanghai-pearl-towerOverlooking the Bund is the Waldorf Astoria.waldorf-astoria-shanghaiSurvival supplies in our office include adaptors and chargers of all kinds, a dedicated calligrapher for the many table numbers and place cards, Chinese Snickers and Red Bull and aids for whatever ails you.shanghai-office-suppliesIt was sunny on Friday when we did a site visit at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center.shanghai-exhibition-centerLove the ceiling.shanghai-exhibition-center-ceilingAnd back at the temple:shanghai-confucius-templebefore heading back and diving into the many details, a moment of stillness and peace…shanghai-confucian-temple-altarkind of like this dog soaking in the day.shanghai-dog