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My trip to Shanghai went swimmingly. It kicked off with W3C Tech, which was a thoroughly lovely event.

W3C Tech

I gave my talk—The Design Of HTML5—with the help of an excellent interpreter performing . It was my first time experiencing that—I had previously experienced simultaneous interpretation in Spain and Japan—and it was quite a good exercise in helping me speak in complete, well-formed sentences (the translation usually occurred at the end of a sentence).

Translating Speaking

Once my talk was done, I took some questions from the audience and was then showered with good wishes and tea-related gifts. They really made me feel like a rockstar there; I’ve never had so many people want to have their picture taken with me or have me sign their copies of my books—the publishers of the Chinese translations of DOM Scripting and Bulletproof Ajax were also at the conference.

Book buyers DOM Scripting, translated Posing Signing

W3C Tech was held on the east side of the river so I spent the first few days in the futuristic surroundings of . Once the event wrapped up, myself and Jessica moved across to a more central location just off . I quite liked the hustle and bustle, especially once I remembered the cheat code of “bu yao!” to ward off the overly-enthusiastic street merchants. I wish there were something similar for the chuggers here in the UK, but I have the feeling that the literal translation—“do not want!”—will just make me sound like a lolcat.

Futurescape Gliding down Nanjing road

Anyway, I had a great time in Shanghai, doing touristy things and taking lots of pictures. I particularly enjoyed getting stuck in at street-level exploring the markets, whether it was electronics or food. The fried dumplings——were particularly wonderful. I plan to deliver a full report over at Principia Gastronomica.

Food carts Dumplings

So long, Shanghai. ‘Till the next time.

Pudong illuminated

Zånhae nights

It’s been good to be back in Brighton—especially over the past few days while Tantek has been around—but now it’s time for some more travel …and nipping up to the first day of UX London doesn’t count.

I’m going to Shanghai. Shanghai! I know, right‽

Ostensibly, the reason I’m going to Shanghai—I just like repeating that—is to speak at an event called W3C Tech this weekend. But I’m not about to turn around and hop on the first flight back, so I’m going to be spend the week afterwards being a tourist.

I fully expect to culture shocked but I’m really looking forward to this. So many things to see! So much food to try!

If you’re familiar with the megacity, I’d love to hear your suggestions. Feel free to leave a comment (that’s right: comments!) and assuming adactio.com isn’t blocked by the great firewall of China, I’ll check out your recommendations.

Oh, and on the subject of the dodgy web situation, I’m guessing you won’t be seeing any Twitter updates from me for a while. Also, if you send me an email, you probably won’t get a response any time soon …that’s got nothing to do with censorship; I’m just crap at responding to email.