第十三天: Yu Are Beautiful

This morning we ventured off to the, as the title suggests, beautiful Yu Garden. The garden which is located in the Old City part of Shanghai boasted great views of the City God Temple being located right beside it. However, inside the garden, the views were much better. The pavilions and other buildings were connected by an exquisite infrastructure full of paths decorated with different rock structures and ponds. The buildings were full of history and ponds full of aquatic animals including fish, turtles, and geese. At one point throughout the tour, we walked past a stage where small, banquet sized concerts could be held. Fortunately, as we were meandering around that area, performers came onto the stage and performed some beautiful, authentic music. At the time it was really special and I never thought that they would still put on shows their. I could only imagine the feeling one would get watching a show here in the Yu Garden’s hay day. As with all the other historical sites throughout China, the Yu Garden’s wood buildings and pavilions were full of intricate details. It is astounding how well preserved everything for being completed in 1559, which is just under twice the age of the US being a country.

After touring the garden, you are led right out to a shopping area full of other tourists as well a fair share of locals who filled the vendor stations selling all sorts of gifts, crafts, and food. Some friends and I walked around for a little while, some of which still had to catch up on their gift shopping and some of which were just practicing their haggling. We all met back up with our entire group about an hour later to head back to the hotel.

And that was it! While the trip was not over their was nothing much exciting left to do. We went on to our presentations later in the day but that was in a conference room, our dinner was excellent, as usual, but nothing much crazier than anything we had ate over the past two weeks, and once we got home the priority was packing and getting ready for our flight the next morning.

Anyways, our presentation went exceptionally well. I was really excited to present because I thought our group had put together an amazing presentation. Add that to the idea business proposition that my group and I had come up, and what do you know, we won! Out of six teams, we had done just that put together the right combination of a great idea and quality presentation. As a token for our work, we received USB flash drives that the Sunshine Insurance Group had gifted the school. While it may sound like just a flash drive, I really appreciated the gift. First of all, it was 16 GB which is a pretty decent size flash drive to get for free. Also, it was beautiful crafted and when the cap was on the flash drive, the craftsmanship hid the fact that it was even a flash drive. It is going to be the perfect flash drive to load and save all of pictures from this trip onto!

Like I mentioned earlier, we leave the country tomorrow! So I am going to get to packing and hopefully find something fun to do for my last night!

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