For the first 3.5 days of my trip, I was a co-leader for a pre-conference site visit. My friend Rachel and I lead a group of study abroad advisors from colleges and universities across the US. We got to do lots of typical tourist activities, but also we got to help our Shanghai staff show off our study center there. I work with some amazing people who pour their hearts and souls into their work. Throughout the visit, I felt so happy and proud to work for my company.
For the first 4 nights of the trip, I stayed in this amazing hotel, the Moller Villa.
My first day in Shanghai was a free day until dinner. I spent the day walking around the neighborhood and trying to orient myself. Of course, when I was feeling super overwhelmed, I found one familiar place.
The next day we spent touring the city, having a lecture with one of our professors in a traditional tea house, eating more food than I could have imagined, and ending the day with a boat ride along the river.
|Market near the Tea House|
|Entrance to the Pearl Tower|
|View of the City from the Pearl Tower|
|View of Pudong from River Boat Ride... I <3 Shanghai.|
|Pearl Tower and on the right, the Shangri-La, my hotel|
|View of the Puxie side of the river|
Most of the cabs in Shanghai are Volkswagen Santanas.
And because you all know I love a good sign, here's the decal that was on the toilet in my hotel.
Now to me, this says don't weigh your luggage on your toilet. I mean, I know the technology in China is pretty advanced, but I didn't realize they had made a toilet that could weigh things... especially luggage. Apparently though in Chinese it says "Don't put heavy weight on the toilet seat cover" or something like that.
This is just the beginning of my million pictures from Shanghai! Tune in the rest of the week for more pictures of my exciting trip!