Amazing Shanghai

We have seen a lot of China over the past several weeks but none of that prepared me for Shanghai. Every other place we have been is still growing into something new or deliberately remaining ancient. Shanghai on the other hand is a truly vibrant metropolis with an energy that rivals the best cities of the west. During our visit, we spent some time in two markets, checked out the amazing skyline, and took a river boat cruise on Huang Pu river.

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Maglev Train

After checking into our hotel, we headed back to the airport to catch the Maglev Train. This is the magnetic train that travels at a high speed from the airport to the city center. It can travel at speeds up to 430kmh. And so it did! 430kmh is really fast.

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A Home Cooked Meal in Shenyang

Nothing could complete our time in Shenyang better than a home cooked meal. We were invited to the home of Caroline’s host family for our final dinner in Shenyang. It was our first dinner meal without a Lazy Susan but the table was plenty full.

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By all measures this meal rivaled all of those we had in restaurants and it was prepared by Cindy’s mom! My favorite dish was the short ribs.

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They had this deep meaty flavor, were tender, and had a perfect soy-based glaze.

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This dish was refreshing and meaty all in one. On top of a lettuce leaf was sticky rice topped with beef that was marinated and pan fried. Added was a sprinkling of Japanese sesame shake (sesame seeds, salt, seaweed).

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A pan fried white fish was light and flaky.

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Here is another rendition of mashed yams with blueberry jelly. It was really good in an unexpected sort of way.

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These were fish balls that had a lovely seafood flavor in a bite sized morsel.

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And here are our wonderful hosts who invited us to their home, offered us a delicious meal, and made us feel part of the family. It was a perfect way to end our stay in Chenyang. Xie Xie!

Final Meeting

We gathered together to share some snacks and words of thanks for all who made this experience possible. Each EA student and his or her host made a statement generally in their non-native language. All of the statements were heartfelt expressions of appreciation for the great week we spent together.

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Golf Range

After a fast food extravaganza, we headed out to the driving range to get a little workout. Golf in China is a relatively new sport and generally reserved for people with leisure time. You won’t see Yucai students here unless they are escorting EA students!

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