My first visit to China started in Shanghai, where I was met by my son; who can thankfully speak Chinese. I was impressed by how friendly and hospitable everyone was, which was evident when a Chinese guy took a photograph of me so I took a photograph of him and we both ended up laughing at each other. I was struck by how Communism and Capitalism cohabit side by side, where you can walk past the big stores such as Rolex and Apple and then walk down a side street with residential buildings and you could see someone having a shower in the street or hanging out their washing. The Bund is where people congregate to see the buildings light up in the Pudong district and see the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower. We had three days there before moving on to Suzhou.