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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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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Fuling Tomb

Our sightseeing adventure this morning took us to the Fuling Tomb, the resting place for the First Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. This was one of the most beautiful of the temples we have seen with luscious gardens and greenery. In the back of the last temple was the burial hill where the Emperor’s remains are buried.

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The more corner monsters on the end of the roof line the more important the building. The most we saw were in the Forbidden City.

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