Today was another transition day that started with a six-hour train ride from Xi’an to Shanghai. Although the train ride was a little bit longer than the first train that we took, I thought that it went by much quicker because I actually was able to sleep on the train. After we got off the train, it was time to hop on the bus and go to the hotel. Along the way, we learned some interesting facts about Shanghai and started to take in the culture surrounding us. Some cool new knowledge included learning about the control on driving during certain times of the day on the highway and the large cost associated for getting a license plate that would allow someone to drive during these times.
Additionally, we also learned that Shanghai hosts the second tallest building in the world, although I am convinced that the building with the museum that we visited is taller. This brings me to the next part of the day, which was a museum that had fascinating exhibits that took us through Chinese history. I think that the first exhibit was my favorite part because it showed all of the different means of transportation throughout time in modern day Chinese history, which was actually in my opinion quite similar to the way American automobiles evolved. Both countries used cars, busses, and trains as a means of transportation, although I get a feeling that trains may be used slightly differently in China than in the United States. It seems as if trains are used to get much longer distances in China compared to the United States.
After the museum visit, we went to eat dinner, and I think that this dinner was definitely in my top three dinners in China so far. I thought that every dish tasted good. If I had to choose a favorite, I would say that the ribs were definitely a contender as my favorite ribs that I’ve ever had.
The highlight of the day was by far the boat ride. Getting to see the incredible city at night was breathtaking. I also found the boat ride to be extremely relaxing and a break from the packed schedule of the trip so far. If I had to recommend an activity to do in Shanghai, the boat would be at the top of my list.