Paul Merton In China: Shanghai (Part 4)

Paul Merton In China: Shanghai (Part 4)

Posted On: January 11, 2012
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The last leg of Paul’s journey sees him enjoying some new experiences – the first of which is a trip on the fastest train in the world: the $1.2 billion rail link from Shanghai’s airport. The train reaches 270mph during its eight-minute journey, and Paul is astonished by the quiet, smooth ride: “It’s wonderful – exhilarating,” he says.

Shanghai has developed more than any other city in China: 20 years ago, there was just one skyscraper; now there are over 300. Paul’s hotel is the tallest in the world and his room is over 80 storeys up – not ideal considering that he is afraid of heights, and cannot even go near the balcony that overlooks the vast central shaft of the building. “Money is what Shanghai does best,” Paul says, before meeting Rupert Hoogewerf, author of China’s Rich List. Rupert describes modern China as an example of “raw capitalism”. With no inherited wealth, there is a first generation of rich people who are enjoying the economic boom.