I recently took a trip to Shanghai, China for work. There was a trade show in Shanghai where we had a booth, so I went over to set up some equipment and help out with the exhibit. This involved a 13 hour flight from Chicago to Shanghai, which was not as bad as I anticipated. I thought it was going to be thoroughly miserable, but it actually wasn't too bad. I slept a little, read quite a bit and watched part of a movie.
The hotel I stayed in was a very nice Four Points by Sheraton in Shanghai. It was a very western hotel- the staff spoke English, there was western food, etc. The only odd feature was the window into the shower, shown below. I have never seen that before.
I had a chance to see a little of the city while I was there, which is unusual for a trip like this. I saw an exhibit about the urban planning and development for the upcoming World Expo in Shanghai. I also went to the Yu Garden to see some Temples and other local culture. For the entire album on picasa, go here:
I definitely recommend that you go to China if you have the chance. There is a great deal of history and culture there to see, much more than is possible in a single trip. I was lucky enough on this trip to have some local guidance from some of my colleagues from the area.
I will post some more about specific parts of the trip if I have a chance.