Day One at the Portman Ritz in Shanghai


Day 1 in Shanghai

Luggage Stack

Just a few pieces of Luggage

I arrived yesterday with all of my baggage in tow. So happy everything arrived safely. See picture attached. Thank heaven for Pilates so that I could stack all of my bags.

I took a walk trying to reset my circadian rhythm and noticed that I saw 4 Starbucks during my walk but only one nail salon.

Bear, Not Dog

This is a Bear Breed…

I also saw this cute little bear breed dog. I could easily sneak this little cutey into the hotel with me-look at that little dog. I am thinking of bringing Lilo with me in the Spring-but she will need to diet to fit on the plane.

Today I had the physical.
It took about 90 minutes-I am not sure if I am super impressed by the workings of the Chinese government or freaked out. The place was wall to wall people but my escort Tim, told me today was a slow day because of the holiday. In 90 minutes, I met with the Chinese official to file my paperwork in order to receive my work VISA. The physical was interesting and freaky- we had to cover our shoes with plastic shoe bags and then change into a ‘one size fits all’ robe which did not fit the European men going through the process-embarrassing for all. I had my measurements taken(I am so on a diet), eyes checked, an EKG, a chest X-ray, blood taken, and an ultrasound of my lungs-for less than $100 USD. All of those medical exams would have been more than $1000 USD at home.

The thing that freaked me out was as I went through this medical assembly line- the exam rooms did not change the bedding or the paper liners between people. When they took blood the phlebotomist did not change her gloves-she did use a clean needle though so I probably should not complain…showered upon my return to the hotel. Pictures of the process attached.

I also found out that I have 5 days to get a temporary residency permit to file with the local police. The Ritz Carlton was able to fulfill this request.

Ritz Comfy Robe

Hotel Comfy Robe

I feel like Eloise but the much older version living at the Ritz.

Tomorrow I begin at the office…stay tuned.

I want to thank everyone for their comments. It makes me feel not so far away…keep the comments coming and I will send the moon cakes.


  1. Stephan rosen
    Sep 6, 2015

    You enjoying the food? That dog was sooooopoooooo cute!

  2. Bill
    Sep 7, 2015

    Hi Lynn – we already miss you here in the good ole USA. The dog was interesting…

  3. Beth
    Sep 16, 2015

    So why did you have to trace your hands? So interested to understand this requirement of the physical. 🙂

  4. Karen Zac
    Sep 22, 2015

    Hi Lynn
    We miss you at Pilates
    Nice work on this blog
    Take care xo

  5. Pat
    Sep 22, 2015

    Hi Lynn – I’m thoroughly enjoying reading about your experiences. Your sense of humor and dry wit are keen as ever. Happy the Pilates came in handy 🙂

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