Another early start today. The days are long yet eventful so even though it’s tiring, I wake up excited! The trip is coming to a close which is sad but I am happy I made the most of my time here. In our last full day, we got on the bus bright and early and were surprised to see a Pitt alumna! She has lived in Shanghai for quite some time which I thought was interesting. She picked up and left everything she knew for a completely new environment. This is something I never thought I would see going to China as it is a very lonely life when you don’t know anyone at all, let alone not know anyone who speaks the same language as you. But at the same time, I respect this choice because it shows that she wanted to immerse herself in the language and culture which takes a great amount of bravery. Even though she has been here for quite some time, she has plans to move back which is a good end goal. She is experiencing different perspectives which I respect.
After this small interaction we had on the bus ride to the port, we finally arrived at the Yangshan Deepwater Port. To get to this port, we took the world’s longest bridge at a remarkable 20 miles! The bus parked on the side of the road and we were able to walk up to this vantage point where we could see the whole port. The view from here was breath-taking, so many containers and cranes. It made so much sense in my head why the world depends on logistics networks like these. There are so many details and much organization that goes into creating a place like this port. There were containers from all over the world but the most surprising one to see was from my savior, Costco! It proves that this port helps the world function. Without it, it might not be possible to trade and ship on an international scale. Along with its remarkable infrastructure, the geography around the port was also amazing to look at. This place was indeed an engineering marvel.
After the port, we left to go to a company by the name of Lingang Modern Logistics. They have many connections with countries and shipping companies and they are the ones who do the work and computations to make these ports work efficiently. It was cool to see the amount of connections they had around the world because it shows that working on an international level requires a lot of cooperation with others. This company works in a different port and we were able to go see theirs. There was a parked ship which had a bunch of brand new cars, and we soon learned that this port was a large mover of automobiles! The amount of new cars that were parked was something I have never seen before. One shipment of cars can hold 2400 which is just an insane amount of cars in one place. Then we went to their cafeteria, where the lunch was seafood. I was told that this was the more traditional Chinese lunch and that the places we have been going were more Chinese-American than traditional. I thought this was funny because the places we have been going are nothing like the Chinese-American I know. It just shows the culture difference between mainland China, tourism China, and American Chinese.