Tsing Tao

18 Jul

Friday July 15, 2011

I posted my latest blog on Friday after my Chinese culture lecture. After I posted it, we left for a Confucian temple. Unfortunately it was an extremely hot and humid day and the one in our group responsible for leading the way that day has zero sense of direction. A 20 minute walk from the metro station to the temple turned into a 2 hour, not so exciting, adventure. Once at the temple, we were so exhausted from the trip that I don’t believe we appreciated or enjoyed it as much as we should and could have.

Confucian Temple

Tree of Wishes, Thoughts, Wants, and Prayers

Confucian Temple

From the temple, we walked to the Yu Garden are that has beautiful gardens (which we had previously toured with the ISA group), as well as a multitude of shops in beautiful architecture buildings surrounding the gardens. We found a cool little stand where a man would write anything you wanted in Chinese characters on the back of beautifully designed cards, fans, or scrolls. He was entertaining and fun to watch. Emily and I were on our own at this point and continued to explore the Yu Gardens area until we ran in to Josh, Sarah, and Ryan. Tsing Tao, an extremely popular type of Japanese beer, had set up a bar, chairs and tables, and a stage beside one of the main ponds. Luckily, Sarah, Ryan, and Josh walked by at the same time the festival was setting up so we were able to enjoy a table and chairs. I have learned that getting a seat anywhere in China is a luxury.

This is how you must cross many of the streets in Shanghai

We sat for close to 2 hours listening to the band until it was time for us to leave for dinner, where Em would later meet up with us.We walked 10 minutes to the metro line, then at the other end, took a cab to the restaurant: Burger Bistro. The sign read that the restaurant was FAMOUS for its burgers and after having one for myself, I don’t doubt the claim! We all left the restaurant very please and very full! From the restaurant we went back to the hotel to rest for about and hour before going out to a bar called Windows Underground. The bar was a lot of fun and we met a lot of new people. We met a chinese guy, Samuel, at the beginning of the night and he stayed with our group all night. ( We all exchanged emails in hopes that we can meet up again before we have to leave). We also met a group of people that are working in Shanghai for the summer. We discovered that one of the guys grew up just two streets down from Ryan. Even when you are in one of the largest cities in the world, it is still such a small world!

Rockin and Rollin in Shanghai: Me, Emily, Ryan, Em, Devin, and Zack

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One Response to “Tsing Tao”

  1. Cyndee July 20, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    Boo. Hate that u didn’t get to enjoy the awesomeness of the temple but glad u enjoyed Yu garden. My pics did it’s beauty no justice. Hope urs r better. I was fascinated with all the meticulously placed stone paths. Did u finally get ur pkg? Hope so since u now have only about 2 1/2 weeks to eat the 20+ lbs of food n it. Bon a petit. Dined with Corbin and Katy @Carrabas tonight. They r enjoying ur blog and send u their love. Kelseys still loving France and Spain. They unfortunately had an “anti American ” experience but aren’t letting it affect their time any more than y’all did. I’m so proud of u both!!! Hope ur continuing to progress with urMandarin. ILUVU OH SO MUCH!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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