U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

2010 K-12 Study Trip to China

Day 1 (7/31) Shanghai Day 2 (8/1) Shanghai Day 3 (8/2)
Day 4 (8/3) Suzhou Day 5 (8/4) Hangzhou Day 6 (8/5) Hangzhou
Day 7 (8/6) Hangzhou Day 8 (8/7)
Day 9 (8/8)
Day 10 (8/9)
Day 11 (8/10)
Day 12 (8/11)

Day 1 (7?31?, ???)

First dinner in Shanghai.

Welcome to Shanghai

Finally after a LONG plane ride, the group arrived in Shanghai at 2:30PM local time today at Pudong International Airport . Although everyone was a little tired, we arrived safely and in one piece. After meeting our tour guide, Jack, we boarded a bus to get to our hotel, the Golden Tulip Ashar Suites in the City Centre in Shanghai. On the way there, Jack gave us a brief informative introduction on the city. He told us that if we wanted to learn about a city that had a century’s worth of China ’s history, Shanghai was the place to do it because it was more of a modern metropolis.

When we stepped off the bus, a wave of heat hit us – it was about 37°C ( 98.6°F). The hotel was very nice and the rooms were suites with a little room complete with a mini-couch and an office desk, as well as a bedroom and full bath. Some of us had a nice view of the City Centre where there were rich shopping stores that advertised brand names such as Louis Vitton , Dior, Prada, Bvlgari…basically brands that nobody could afford. But it was still really nice to see. We were given a chance to freshen up for an hour before we left for dinner at 6PM.

Dinner was delicious! After filling our bellies with good Chinese food, we took the bus to the Shanghai version of Times Square . There, we explored a huge mall. We walked past really interesting stores that were lined up next to each other. Although it was packed with people who sometimes stared at our group, we enjoyed looking at the sights and sounds while sipping on bubble tea. After an hour of this, we hopped back on the bus to head back to the hotel. While driving back, everyone in the group could not help but stare in awe at the bright, colorful lights of the city. It was a concrete jungle of illumination.

Before our 10PM curfew, the students mostly hung out in the lobby to e-mail parents about their safe arrival. Then it was time for a well-deserved sleep! Tomorrow, we cannot wait to explore the beautiful city of Shanghai!

by Emily Yang, NYU '14
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