BC: DEPARTED | China | 24 FEB 2013
FC: CHINA | INTERIM 2013
1: CHINA | CHINA | ARRIVED 16 FEB 2013 | FROM SINGAPORE TO SHANGHAI TO HANGZHOU TO XIAN TO BEIJING. THE MOST AMAZING SITES AND FOODS EXPORED. | SHANGHAI: view from Oriental Pearl Tower
2: On the 16th of February 2013, I finally arrived in Shanghai, China. As soon as we got off the airplane, we headed our way to a round pink building called the Oriental Pearl Tower, where we saw the skyline of Shanghai. | ORIENTAL PEARL TOWER
3: Buildings in Shanghai | Shanghai World Financial Center- also known as "Beer Bottle Opener" | View from the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower | Tiffany and Rachel in front of the Oriental Pearl Tower | Jane and Aiko at the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower
4: On the second day in Shanghai, we went to the Jade Buddha Temple, where we were able to see Buddha's made out of Jade (two of which are at the temple, the other two still in the mountains in Mongolia. | Jade Buddha Temple
6: The Bund | shanghai
7: By the riverside, we were able to see the great city of Shanghai. At the Bund, we were able to see most of the buildings in Shanghai. From across the other side of the river, we saw the Oriental Pearl Tower, and even the "beer can opener" building. For about 30 minutes, Tiffany, Rachel, and I walked by the river and saw a great view of the city.
8: SHANGHAI MUSEUM | At the Shanghai Museum, or also known as the art gallery, we saw many historical artifacts. We saw headless sculptures, the evolution of coins, calligraphy, as well as various outfits over time. What interested me the most were the calligraphy, because their shapes of the writing was so unique and beautiful to see.
10: West Lake | hangzhou | 18 FEB 2013
11: 3 pagodas stood on top of the West Lake. We tried to take the 3 pagodas in one shot as our tour guide told the story of the "White Snake Lady"
13: Tea plantation | TEA PRODUCTION After the West Lake, we went to see how tea was made. We all sat at a round table, where one nice lady came around and poured us tea. A professional of tea came into the room to explain the benefits of tea. Unlike a normal tea bag, real tea that was produced from a tea plantation will help clear the bad factors in your body (it cleanses your body). After hearing the benefits of tea, I quickly bought one for my family. We were also introduced to the famous "Dragon Well Tea"
14: Six Harmonies | Pagoda
15: At the Six Harmonies Pagoda, Tiffany, Rachel, and I challenged ourselves to reach to the top of the pagoda (which we did). Halfway down, Rachel and Tiffany decided to pull a prank and left me in the darkness...
17: Finally, the one I've been dying to see before the trip was the Terracotta Warriors. The warriors that I've only been able to see in my textbooks were in front of me. Examining the structures and quality of the warriors filled my body with excitement.
18: The Great Wall of China Tiffany, Rachel, and Lainey, all persuaded me go to the top of the Great Wall. After minutes of moaning, grunting, and rests, we finally reached to the top of the Great Wall. At first I didn't want to go to the top, but as I reached to the top, I was so proud of myself.
20: TIANANMEN SQAURE When we reached Tiananmen Square, every corner was a historical site. One corner was the Forbidden City and the other one was the tomb Mao Zedong
23: The last stop of the trip was the Summer Palace. Many of the citizens of China visited the Summer Palace to dance and exercise which was very interesting to see. Although we were sad it was our last day in China, the Summer Palace nicely concluded our trip. | The Summer Palace