By John B.

After visiting WestRock, our tour of Shanghai began with a visit to Tianzi Fang, an old shopping bazaar where we found all sorts of traditional gifts.  Jake and I enjoyed bartering with locals when trying to buy chopsticks, waving cats, and silk scarves.


We worked up quite an appetite shopping, and ate a delicious lunch at Din Tai Fung.  From its Taiwanese origins, it has become famous for its dumplings and has attracted the attention of multiple Chinese celebrities. We are pork dumplings, fired rice, and sampled Zongzi, a recommendation from our very own Price Withers. The restaurant had a glass opening to the kitchen were we were able to watch the chefs prepare meals.

After lunch, we toured more of Shanghai’s highlights including the French and British concessions. These areas of China were occupied by each country respectively, but when they were released to China, East met West, and now “yesterday’s buildings meet today’s fashion.”  On the way to our next stop, we drove down People’s Avenue, a street where people used to race horses, saw Shanghai City Hall, and the park where locals would go to set up their children for marriage.


We then arrived at the Bund, a sightseeing stop, and saw the skyline of China including Pearl Tower and Shanghai Tower.  Our final stop at local markets was the highlight of our day.  We certainly will come home with some high quality goods.

We are currently riding the high-speed train from Shanghai to Zhenijang where we will be greeted by a representative from our partner school, Beijing New Oriental Foreign School. The bus will take us to Yangzhou where we will meet our host families.