The Wormhole

Back to China

I’m going back to China for quite a while.   This will be a fun trip, and I’m getting access to all kinds of incredible places. I’m not totally sure about the details of my adventure, but I’ll be sure to share them with you here.

I’ve also recently gone through the trouble of getting another Chinese Visa. These things are not terribly easy or cheap to get! The first thing that is horribly unnerving is the requirement to send my actual passport through the mail. It’s a major worry to do this! Furthermore, it’s not cheap — in order to get everything back and forth to me as quickly as possible, fees + Fedex costs over $300.

I like the “softcore Visas”, where you stand in line after arrival and then pay some shifty-eyed Indonesian customs worker $20 US cash and he stamps you through right away.

Daily Photo – The Wormhole

Shanghai has this incredible tunnel that goes under the river to the Bund. It’s just wild inside!

They have a series of robotic trains that shuttle people back and forth. Robotic doors whir open then shut again. The front of the capsule has a bubble-window that allows for a stunning view as you dip below the river and back up again. Colored lights in every lighting configuration fly by in beautiful colors. This is an amazing experience that I recommend if you ever get to Shanghai!

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  • Michael S. / MDSimages

    Hey, I remember that lil train! Love the colors of Shanghai. Check out the rooftop lounge at the Hyatt on the Bund. Cool place. I took this shot from there….

    This shot is really cool Trey. Enjoy your visit there!

  • Ben Lee

    Yeah China Visa’s a pain – though I’m not complaining as I have a 3 year multiple entry visa! Ah, the joys of being a British Hong Kong permanent resident. When will you be heading back to China?

    I spent 5 months last year in Beijing although I will admit to preferring Shanghai even though I spent just short of a week there.

    I never got through the Tunnel in Shanghai – next time! Cool shot

  • L.YK

    Welcome to China.

  • Andy Bird

    Wow this is like that ‘Rainbow Road’ track in the Mario Kart video games – very cool! My buddy was born in Hong Kong and is going back very soon to visit family – I wouldn’t be lying if I said I was a little bit jealous he’s heading back to that neck of the woods.

  • Stuck In Customs

    hehe the mario kart games – yes! :) and thanks for the link michael ! :) Ben – going back in a few weeks.

  • Henrik Sundholm

    I had no idea getting such a Visa was that difficult. Anyway, that’s a really interesting photo!

  • Nick

    Any photowalks in China Trey? I missed your London one as i’m currently in Asia making my way up to China and will be there for a month or so in October.

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, now that’s what I call colorful!!!! Beautiful capture, Trey!!!! Back to my normal routine. Have a wonderful week!!

  • Servalpe

    Wow, I love the color lines and the motion blur . Great shot, Trey !! I have a picture taken in a similar way in a carousel the Munich Airport Terminal:

  • Frank

    Wow, I’m in Shanghai tonight but have to leave tomorrow at 1:00pm. I’ll try and get to the tunnel tomorrow morning before I leave. If not, next time. Thanks for the tip!

  • casusan

    Oh wow – this is such a cool shot! Love it Trey!

  • Birgit

    love it

  • PeterG

    Spotted :-) Today my daughter recognized your tripod at a distance, heading for the Covent Garden market. The new Apple store down there is really cool. In the right light it could result in some nice shots.

  • Stuck In Customs

    THanks all!

    Peter G – oh you should have popped over to say hello! :)

    Nick – there is something planned in Beijing, but I need to put together more details for you !

  • PeterG

    Under normal circumstances I would have. But you were too far away heading in the wrong direction
    and myself packed like a mule with shoppingbags aiming for the underground, hotel an sanctuary :-)

  • Nick S

    Wow, that’s an amazing picture

  • Karen Weiler

    A Chinese visa is difficult? I had no idea. We went to China and Tibet last year and our visas took 4 days. We simply filled in the forms, brought them down to the consulate and presto! 4 days and $60.00 (CDN) later, we had a beautiful sticker in our passports. It could not have been easier. A visa for Uzbekistan? Now that is difficult to do from North America!

    But have fun in China!

  • Steve Krueger

    unfortunately the “Tourist Tunnel” is not as fast as it looks. :( I lived in Shanghai for quite some time and am amazed at how fast it grows within 6 months of visiting! have fun and enjoy the rest of China!

  • Joop

    How long will you be in SH? Didn’t meet you when you were in Seoul but send me an email if you want to have a beer while you are in SH.

  • Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all – not in Shanghai any more – but going to Beijing in a few weeks! :)

  • Jay Studio Photography

    WOW!!! Incredible sight… must go to Shanghai one day!

  • LightningPaul

    Great one.

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