September 19th, 2009 – by: csusb1
The Coca-Cola Company
Arriving in Shanghai
we quickly noticed the difference between China and Taiwan. Shanghai is a bustling metropolis full of culture. The city boasts a population of 22 million. People all over China wish to live there. However, there are many differences between the US and China. For example upon arriving in the mainland we had 1 hour to register at our hotel per government regulations. And all visitors must declare the intentions, were they will reside, and how long in order to pass customs. So once at the hotel we presented our passports for the check-in process. Then we were off to our first dinner in Shanghai. The next morning we visited the Coca-Cola Company and were given a tour of its production line, various products, and a brief history of how it became the worlds most enjoyed beverage.
We met Chinese students from the university... We were given a special tour of the campus. They showed us their classrooms, library, and dorms. It is an impressive school. We were invited into one of the classrooms in the School of Economics and Management where we listened to a lecture on Chinese economy and trade. It was detailed and informative. The instructor told us the different kinds of business ventures one can enter into and the tax and government laws concerning them in China. We then departed the university and were off to lunch with our fellow students. It was dinner time so we departed from our new friends and made our way back to the city for dinner.
The next morning we went to the Bund area, alongside the Yang Tse river that divides east Shanghai from west Shanghai.
Here we took advantage of the wonderful scenery by taking many photos. Then we headed to the museum to learn of ancient Chinese traditions, cultures, and currency. We followed by going to the Yu Yuan garden. It was a marvelous site full of plants and extravagant architecture. We learned about its origin and took many photos. Just outside the temple was a Bazzar, which is a shopping spot where bargain can be made. We shopped and purchased many cultural items for relatives and friends. After an exciting shopping experience, our destination was the ERA show. The show was eccentric and amazing. It is unimaginable what the human body can do, and the performers really put it to the test. It was a great day and another was sure to follow.
We traveled to Water Town, which was roughly an hour from the city.
The town looked much more rural and had many sections full of rivers. We explored the town and took many photos with the majestic view. This was another great place for bargain shopping. We couldn't believe how low we got some of the prices! We took a boat ride through the city which was very pleasant and relaxing. Our time spent in Water Town was extraordinary. We ate lunch and headed to Nanjing Road. This are is famous for its shopping centers and tourist location. We spent a few hours shopping and eating snacks. It was now dinner time and we dined at a Japanese restaurant. After a great dinner we rested for the upcoming day. In the morning we visited the school and had a lecture on Chinese holidays, such as the Spring Festival, the dragon festival, and mid-autum festival. Then we visited the Chinese Stock Exchange and learned how business is conducted and the manner in which Chinese stock operates. For dinner we ate on a boat! Which is in the shape of a dragon. This was sadly our last night in Shanghai.