EFZ spring break trip day two with Dylan Nir '13, Preston Kung '12, and Zoë Gilbard '14

Dylan Nir '13:
Today was interesting experience filled with a traditional Chinese breakfast, a trip to the Shanghai Art Museum, a walk around the Bund, a trip to the movies to see Conan, and an amazing “hotpot” dinner. The main thing I took away from today was that China’s cities are not so different from American cities; I often forgot I was halfway across the world as I enjoyed the sprawling urban environment.

Preston Kung '12:
Today was pretty awesome. In a nut shell, I slept, ate, slept, ate, slept, ate, and finally slept! Hahaha Actually, today was pretty jammed packed with other things too. For example, after my 5 course breakfast, I interviewed a Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) doctor who had a PhD. We talked for about an hour and I was really impressed with the way she was able to explain herself in English despite never having left China or even gone to an international school. Later, Wu Jiacheng, my partner, brought me to Tian Shan, a local park, where we saw kids playing in the playground, couples leisurely and romantically walking, and seniors playing mahjong and xiangqi. Jiacheng’s family also took me on a tour around Puxi and we visited a bunch of pretty cool places. One thing that really surprised me is the friendliness and the hospitality people offer you. Not only was my host family extremely hospitable, but even the doctor I interviewed gave me her phone number in case I had any questions related to Shanghai, not just TCM. She also offered me a free check up too! I really enjoyed my first “day” in China. The place is awesome, the food is awesome, and the people… you guessed it, are awesome.  I can’t wait for the other 14!

Zoë Gilbard '14
I have visited many cities in my life, but none with as many high-rise, sky scraping, seemingly infinite buildings as Shang Hai. Everywhere I looked, a glass building, swathed in the ever-present fog, looked back at me. The people are intent on reaching their destinations, walking faster than New-Yorkers at rush hour. Over the current of umbrellas, the wide Pu Dong streets are filled with Vespa scooters and taxis. I could do nothing but gape at the unbelievable scenery.