The Chinese New Year/Spring festival took place during our two-week break from school. During the break, I along with seven other students took a five hour train to Shanghai. Shanghai was just wonderful – much different from Tianjin – and because we stayed in Pudong everything was within walking distance. Shanghai also more “tourist friendly.” I was surprised to discover how many “western” style eateries there were. I’m not lying when I say one of the best burgers I’ve ever had was in China.
While in Shanghai we visited the Pearl Tower , Jing’an Temple, Xaihai Temple, Disney, Shanghai Museum, and Hangzhou. Disney was my favorite thing out of the whole trip. I’ve been looking forward to going since I got here. The park is beautiful – it’s the newest out of all the Disney parks and has rides the others didn’t. Not only that, the castle is the biggest one I’ve seen – definitely a place I believe everyone should try to visit when coming to Shanghai.
We visited some historical sites too. The Shanghai Museum had artifacts dating all the way back to the Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). The temples had statues that people would come and pray to. We also visited a neighboring city, Hangzhou, where we ate, visited a mall, and walked miles around the west lake. All in all, our break was amazing! If Shanghai wasn’t so far away I would’ve definitely gone back.