Villas 1931 Hotel Shanghai
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... point, security cleared, second ticket point we were unceremoniously heading through customs. As this is it, we are leaving China. Wow- what a journey. We had a massive flow of appreciation and accomplishment wash over us as we were waved through by the super smiley immigration officer. I did however cause a drama- one of the loose straps on my rucksack got caught in the escalator steps causing it to be evacuated, stopped, cut and then re tested. Oops!!! Now in the ...
- Woke up and headed east of our hostel to the Yu Garden
- Walked around the Yu Garden (paid for entry). Also, the surrounding area is very neat (touristy Chinese style, but still neat).
- Ate at a Steamed Dumpling place near the Yu Garden.
- Walked west past a few parks and through some of the main central parts of the city.
- Walked further west through what seemed ...
... plenty of photo ops. I was even brave enough to try a sample of street vendor food- we'll see if I will regret that later today! I forget the Chinese name of the food we tried but it was similar to a pancake, like scallion pancake back home but a little fluffier. It was quite tasty!
I was interested to learn that TCM is rooted in Taoism. Taoism focusses on our existence in the universe; that we are part of, and related to forces in the universe. ...
... 10 photos in all. We're gonna miss this when we leave (NOT). We also caught some of Shanghai's famous Nanjing St, with bright lights, endless shops and 1000's of people. We woke the next morning to screams and breaking glass outside in an alley below our 4th floor dorm. Thinking it was a fight kicking off, we joined our room mates at the window to find 2 paramedics carrying out a bodybag surrounded by locals crying. This was a shocking start to the day and ...
... and told not to come back to the school until Friday.
As for Caitlyn, Ashley, and I, we made our temporary homes on the third floor of the school for the next few days. Those apartment were nice except my bed felt like I was sleeping on a hardwood floor, so I slept on the couch which was A LOT comfier. Since we couldn't go to the school to work we had to do all our planning at home. So for Wednesday and Thursday ...