Dr. Chun
Shanghai, China

October, 2014

 

In the fall of 2014, my wife and I went back to Beijing and Shanghai with a group of executive MBA students and their spouses. I am always amused by the ancient, mysterious, and beautiful land that is proud of her long history, resplendent culture, and distinctive customs.



     
     
013Despite the long and exhausting flights to Beijing, we all were in high spirits.

023Next morning, we were excited to visit our great hometown company, CB&I. It has a branch office in Shanghai.

 
033We were heading for Yu Garden, which is a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai.

043The garden was changed and rebuilt for hundreds of years by different descendants of the original builder. Even though many people have had a hand in rebuilding the garden over the centuries, it is seamlessly blended.
 
053Yuyuan Garden can be divided into six main scenic parts with each parts has own features. 063The garden is a virtual maze of caves, gardens, rockeries, paths, bridges, and buildings. Every corner you turn has a new surprise, and a totally different view.
 
073One of the EMBA students is working for a company that has a manufacturing plant in Shanghai.  We were thrilled to visit the plant. 083Another hometown company, Albemarle, has graciously invited us to its Shanghai office.  We will bring Tabasco sauce and Community Coffee next time!
 
093In the evening, we walked along Nanjing Road and arrived at the Bund. The most famous and attractive sight are the various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.

103We crossed the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel and Walked to Oriental Pearl TV Tower.  The tower is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.

 
113Next morning, we took a bus to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town in a suburb of Shanghai.  The town is known as "Venice of Shanghai."

123The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate bridges in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble.
 
153It is said that to visit Zhujiajiao without seeing the bridges means that you have not really been to Zhujiajiao at all! Bridges here are distinctive and old, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. 163In the centuries past, the water town was a trading area due to the many canals, which were used to ferry products along in little boats and barges. Boats are still very much part of the charm of the place, functioning as a nice way to get a view of the town and experience the local life.
 
173The main streets are touristy, with artsy bars, cafes and shops, and some attractions, but most streets are lined with new apartments and old residences. 183We saved the last evening in Shanghai for the Huangpu River cruise.  The Huangpu is the largest river in Shanghai. It divides Shanghai into Pudong (east side) and Puxi (West side) of the river.
 
193During the cruise, you can find the obvious differences of architecture between the east bank and the west bank. On the west bank, a lot of western-style buildings can be seen, full of exotic flavor, while on the east bank, rows of skyscrapers spring up and rise above the clouds. 203After the cruise, we had a late dinner at a dumpling restaurant in Nanjing West Road.  The last dinner in Shanghai...
 
213A pleasant walk back to the hotel from the restaurant.  Every tree on the street was lit up like a Christmas tree!

223Next morning, we were waiting for the flight to our next destination, Xi'an!  She was our local tour guide.
 
     
 
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