World’s Largest Port

Today we visited Yangshan Port, which was about a two hour drive from our hotel. On the way, we had a speaker named Mac who is the Greater China Trade Lane Manager for Toll Global Forwarding. He discussed many aspects of freight shipping with us, mostly focusing on trade between China and the United States. We learned many different topics including types of transport, terms of sale, units of measurement, logistics, and tips for success in the business. I found this talk to be one of the most informational and beneficial, and I think I learned alot.

We then arrived at the port, which is the largest port in the world. It was an incredible sight to see, and much more interesting than I would have imagined. There are large cranes that seem to stretch on forever, as well as thousands and thousands of freight containers. During our visit, the port seemed pretty busy. But we found out that there are peak times when there are much larger volumes of containers being shipped. This visit helped us to see firsthand the emerging economy of China, and the fact that they are a world leader in exports.

When returning from Yangshan, I had the opportunity to meet with a friend of someone on the trip who studies in Shanghai. We went downtown and got delicious dumplings. They were different from traditional style, and were filled with soup. The best part was that they were only eight yuan. We then walked to the center of downtown, where three huge skyscrapers dominate the skyline. We stood in the middle and got an incredible view looking straight up through the middle of them.

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