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.
We have touched down in Shanghai after a little unpleasant turbulence and will be heading to our hotel.
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.
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.