August 29, 2013
Today was the last full day of orientation. We had one more Chinese lesson, shared our teaching ideas with our groups, and went on a walking tour of a part of Shanghai. Apparently, there is the oldest street in Shanghai where we went but now it has been taken over by shops and a colossal Starbucks. My feet and knees are quickly deteriorating from all the walking and standing and despite being caught in a tsunami and standing under an awning for a good half hour, we enjoyed wandering through the small streets and popping in and out of the shops. I asked how much something is in Chinese by myself and Duncan haggled a bit and I ended up buying some stamps to use on my students instead of going out and buying stickers. Our group also found these great shirts!
To finish off our stay in Shanghai, I figured I’d share with you some interesting facts about Shanghai:
– There are <19 million people living here
– Is the 8th largest city in the world
– Is the world’s busiest seaport
– Is sinking at 1.5cm/year
– Has the largest subway system (which I rode today!) and the largest bus system in the world
– Is known for having sweet food
– (and) is considered a paradise for world adventurers
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