Sunday, August 5, 2007

Visiting Downtown Shanghai

This afternoon (Aug 5) we visited downtown Shanghai, starting with the Shanghai museum.  The artifacts there were beautiful and incredibly old.  The oldest object I saw, this bronze urn, was dated around the 4th century BC!Shanghai 051

We stopped by the tea room in the museum and bought incredibly expensive cappuccinos and a cake - all for about $15 US, a fortune by Chinese standards (the night before we fed our whole family on $12!)

Sophie didn't want to see any go to waste so she finished up the drips in the bottom of the cup.

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Next we went to the Pearl Radio Tower (outside and inside areas shown below)

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We took a stuffy, hot elevator ride to the mid section of the building where I took the shot below.  This really shows the rampant pollution here in the big city - this is supposed to be a sunny day!

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The sky then got quite threatening and strangely colored with all of the pollution...

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This was taken through a bus window as the storm approached...

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Then it rained, rained, rained!  We met more teachers that came in today and had dinner in the hotel; not much to write home about unfortunately, but we did stay dry!  There are now about 30 teachers and tomorrow we start Chinese and Teaching English as a Second language (TESL) courses.

We got back into our room about 7:30pm and Sophie dropped into bed from a very busy day!

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