Shanghai Journey – Rotary Group Examine Exchange Brings Excursion to Shanghai

Soon after a five week Rotary Group Examine Trade Trip to Japan — it was a enjoyment to fulfill my Japanese friends — and go off with them for three days in Shanghai and into the bordering Countryside.

The intercontinental firm known as Rotary promotes yearly journey that all folks amongst the ages of 26 and forty, male and female, and of all backgrounds – should know about – since it is a Rotary-funded six week research aboard and any person can use to be a part of this significant life experience. If you are this age group – you could enjoy the sort of knowledge that is described in my notes in this post. To locate out much more about the system go to the global Rotary web site and search for GSE – Team Examine Exchange – and speak to your neighborhood Rotary Club for much more information. After being the GSE team leader to Japan for our Rotary District, the subsequent travels ended up an invitation from Japanese pals to go with them to China.

And more adventures appear from Rotary GSE.

November 9th – Thursday, and eleventh – Saturday in Shanghai:

Dennis and I remaining at midnight from LA on Asiana Airlines – on a fourteen hour flight by way of Seoul, Korea — Incheon Airport – and on to Shanghai – Pu Dong Airport. With a three hour layover in Seoul -we initial got a glimpse of the Asian culture, and walked the lengthy corridor of the Duty Cost-free Outlets and stopped in the Wendy Café for latte and tea. When we landed in Shanghai – Mr. Gao Mim fulfilled us – with a signal that Ai informed me to see – with large letters stating “Dennis and Joan, Welcome to Shanghai”. Pleasant to have Mr. Go – who works for Kobayashi San – and Lilly, who is Chinese – meet us and spirit us away. Our baggage went by automobile to the resort – and Dennis, Lilly and I rode the Maglev from the airport to the west facet of Shanghai – a practice that expense 9 billions to create by the Chinese Authorities and flew to a optimum of 424 Kilometers in excess of the seven moment ride. They explained that it would get forty five minutes by auto – with the traffic in the City – to cross from the river and get to our lodge. An Australian sat across from us – and we marveled at the whiz of the train – and the instantaneous zip of a prepare passing in the other direction. Off the prepare and into a cab to the hotel, the Ramada situated in the western aspect, Pu Xi – the old component – among the People’s Square and the Bund – the waterfront at the Huangpu River. The 4 of us loved a late lunch in the restaurant, Nan Xinya, on the fourth ground of the hotel – with the spherical serving in the center of the table crammed with Cantonese flavors – which includes a fried fish with a pink sauce – tasty. Dennis and I napped – and went for a extended wander down the Nanjing Rd – the pedestrian avenue powering the resort – to the Bund – and enjoyed the array of colorful lights down the street and on the waterfront – and the blue boat that sailed throughout our view. It was a lovely night time – and the prolonged stroll back again took us to the People’s Sq. – when we understood that we would gone way too considerably and retraced our actions. We slept like infants on the organization mattress with the coverlet – and had been welcomed to China.

November twelfth – Sunday in Shanghai:

We woke to a misty sky – and prepared to meet Lilly at 9AM – and first appreciated breakfast in the hotel. Lilly took us in the morning to Town God Temple Bazaar – and the Yu Garden. The Yard was the home of Mr. Pan, constructed in 1559, in the Ming Dynasty. Backyard garden in China involves the trees, plants, rock and buildings – and is the home where nature is brought in to be seasoned in the living. We walked the route and by means of the Chinese constructions – close to the swimming pools – through the gateways – and liked the attractiveness of the growth, the numerous turning paths, the round entry techniques – the rocks from the base of the Taihu Lake (a single of the 5 largest new h2o lakes) with numerous interesting shapes from the erosion of the water – piled higher – and sometimes with a “tower of contentment” in the clouds (on the rocks) and Beautiful Jade Stone. 5 dragon walls, dragons with 3 fingers (for regular individuals) – a pearl in the dragons mouth – and a single with a frog in a sympiotic partnership – and tails that ripple the partitions foremost down the paths. Close to the corner, we exited the Yard into the a lot of outlets – and entered the Silk Factory – to see how the silk work spins alone in silk thread inside of its cocoon – and is cooked and put in water so that with a brush the ladies can stir the cocoons and find the silk threads. Then six or 8 threads are spun with each other to make the stunning silk thread – and we noticed the bedding and outfits that are traditionally made from the wonderful silks of China. Previously, ahead of moving into the Yard – we noticed the Nan Xiang Dumpling Cafe with a long line, and Lilly advised us about the yummy crab and pork dumplings. Soon after some shopping in the section keep – and seeking at pearl, jade and cherished stones in jewellery – we attempted the dumplings, with a bit of ginger inside – and they were scrumptious. We returned to get a silk blanket and protect in the Silk Manufacturing unit – and they even experienced “California king”. We hurried by taxi to return to the resort – simply because Kobayashi San and Gao San ended up waiting around for us for some lunch.

The organization van – Fukuoka Knit Business, Kobayashi San’s firm – took us across city – views of the streets of the Metropolis, the tall condominium properties, the theater and office buildings for this Metropolis of 16 million folks. We traveled to the Hong District, in close proximity to the Embassies, which includes the Japanese Embassy. The cafe was Chizhen in Hong Qiao – and we dined in a tiny area – and have been shocked by the array of foods on the round glass serving piece in the middle of the desk – and including the shark fin soup (pricey and a delicacy in China). We transformed the plans for the afternoon – excellent adjust – and from the hotel walked up the Nan Jing to Shu Ya Liang Zi – a traditional Chinese massage – on the eighth flooring – and all five of us sat in the area each in our very own reclining chair – with sizzling water at our toes – and then the foot therapeutic massage, deeply baring into our ft – and ear cleansing, significantly to our surprise. We were effectively rested and massaged and returned to the lodge, fortunately – and Dennis and I stopped in Yong An – the department store – and I enjoyed buying “hair toys” to hold my hair in spot – and the lady who showed me how to do this. Lilly taught us to say “Bu Ya Xie Xie” (no thanks) to all the suppliers who had been striving to offer us fakes, watches and purses. And also, Bu Xie (thank you). And “Ni Hao” (Mandarin for Howdy). That night we dressed and went to the Ritz Carlton to the Acrobat Present and to the Grape’s Garden on Xinle Rd. for evening meal – and had our 1st style of the Chinese delicacy of “river crab”. Dennis and I necessary some classes on how to eat this, and that the portion in the center is considered the very best. It is all exciting and a unusual expertise to be so generously hosted by people who know Shanghai and it life, and an addition to my Rotary GSE knowledge in Japan with numerous close friends there.