Another busy day! It’s hard to comprehend it’s Sunday.
We woke early to walk to people square where we found so many activities.. The Chinese love their fitness. We first came across dancing. A person simply takes music and random people arrive at 7 to dance. It was amazing. We all got involved at first with silly freestyle dancing, until Mrs Saddlier organised two lines for the heel and toe polka. Weren’t we glad Mr J did bush dancing last week.
Many Chinese got involved. Even an 80 year old lady, that we found out goes every morning and has done so for years.
The further we walked the more amazing sights we saw. First up was Tai Chi. They were all in their silks and soo in rhythm with each other. Next we came across sword fighting/dancing (they were only plastic swords luckily) and people dancing with fans. There were even people off to the side playing badminton. Picture all of this in a heaps bigger Hargreaves Mall and that’s what it was like.
Next on our daily agenda was the planning museum. This was really cool. They have a full scale model of Shanghai that you can walk around.
Some facts for those that care;
* Shanghai has a population of approx 24 million people on land that is 6340 squared kilometres.
* in 1949 the population was 4.14 million with residents having 3.9 squared metres living space. But in2010 with the population over 20 million, the living space grew to 16.7 square metres. So heaps more people, same amount of land, yet quadruple the living space. The Chinese are well planned!
After expanding our knowledge of Shanghai it was time for lunch. We snuck off from our home group as Miss Gallagher wouldn’t let us have ‘any American take away’ again. We found a place where no staff spoke English, but somehow we managed to order pork dumplings and a noodle dish with Shrimps, chives, soya bean paste and some broth. Traditional Chinese and it was delicious. We even nailed the chopsticks. After full bellies we went to see another one at the temple.
It was absolutely breathtaking.
We visited the sights and took heaps of photos and even tested our good luck by throwing coins into a big temple. It took quite a few turns for us to be ‘lucky’.
After the temple we had an hour spare and after an unanimous vote we revisited the markets. More presents were purchased with Fras very happy with beats for 25 yuan and Miss G extremely happy with her tea set.
The night activity involved a river cruise on the Bund. As it was dark the lights of the buildings were amazing. The cruise took 45 minutes and we were in awe of the breathtaking views.
We also had our paparazzi again. All the Chinese love us ‘aussies’!!
We are off to bed as its late and we have to be up early to Skype the school. We can’t wait to talk to you all.
Tomorrow we leave for Suzhou.
On a lasting comment we thought we would share our biggest highlight so far.
Kurt – the metro system. I love getting on the trains, they go really fast and it’s cool to train surf
Fras – pearl tower. The views were awesome and I loved laying face first on the glass looking nearly 300 metres down at the ground.
James- Pearl tower and the circus. Actually I wish the Circus was in the Pearl tower. The fact that the Pearltower was 273 metres tall and Layed on the glass. I loved everything about the circus!!!
Talk to you all tomorrow