Zài Jiàn Shanghai

Wow, it is our final week in Shanghai and the past month in China has just flown by. This week was filled with trying to do everything for the “last” time. Classes were filled with final presentations on our Yiwu project and on our course long Real Estate project. We had our final Encounters class in China, our final speaker who spoke about Venture Capitalist and many farewell meals and events. We said goodbye to our laundry lady, bun lady, scallion pancake man, the bubble tea couple, noodle man, and the worst goodbye was leaving Professor Mulcahy.

On Monday we had a farewell dinner hosted by IES in the city center. During the dinner the restaurant put on a “Changing Faces Ceremony” which was awesome! It was this man dancing and throughout the performance he literally changed his face. Check out my video because everyone got very excited every time he would make the switch.

After dinner the group all went over to the Shanghai World Financial Center, also known as the “Bottleopener” for a farewell drink. The Bar is on the 92nd floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center, and it is currently the tallest building city, but not for long. It was very cool to be able to look out and see the top of every building around us.

On our final day Katie and I spent some time seeing the sites that we knew we had to see before we left. We first went to the Jing’an Temple which was incredibly situated in the heart of the city. When we got off of the metro we were very confused as to where we should go because we were surrounded by skyscrapers, and when we asked someone they just pointed up. The whole time we had been standing right underneath it. Rounding the corner we came to the entrance and were amazed when we walked through the doors. We spent time walking into each and every room, admiring the Buddha statues, columns, decorations, the large drums and before we left we lit our incents and said our prayers.IMG_2473 IMG_2474 IMG_2478 IMG_2490 IMG_2513 IMG_2528 IMG_2539 IMG_2555 IMG_2556 IMG_2558 IMG_2566 IMG_2570 IMG_2580 IMG_2590 IMG_2600

Our final stop of the day was the Yu Gardens. The day was so pretty to spend in the gardens and we ended up making a couple of friends along the way! We sat, people watched, smelt the flowers and played with babies. It was incredibly therapeutic.IMG_2607 IMG_2613 IMG_2623 IMG_2629 IMG_2631 IMG_2652 IMG_2671 IMG_2668 IMG_2675 IMG_2677 We then had to rush home to get back in time for our Farewell Dinner. The dinner was wonderful, we ordered Tomas’ Scioko sausages, cracked open Vinces’ wine and shared photos, videos and memories from our month together. The best part of the evening was when Sammy Dane revealed the video that he made for Professor Mulcahy. The majority of us were in tears and were very sad to say goodbye.

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The next morning we had a full day of travel ahead of us. We said our final goodbyes to Professor Mulcahy, the Ramada Staff and Lu, the boys pet “dragon.” Right as we were about to pull away, Professor Mulcahy runs on the bus with new Kiwi friends who were going to sing us a Maori Farewell song. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?! I was obviously ecstatic and I knew today was going to be a great travel day.

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