Having returned from my trip to China a few weeks ago, I have had a little time to go through the many photos I took of this beautiful and interesting country. Having lived in Japan for a number of years I was always comparing the sights and culture to that of the Japanese so it was really very interesting to have the opportunity such as this tour to visit China. The trip was put together by the Confucius institute coupled with my employer, the Catholic education department of South Australia and the Chinese government with the aim of promoting Asian literacy and encourage cultural exchange between both teachers and students in both countries.
Our first stop was Shanghai, the world’s largest city by proper population. Shanghai is also a very young city having mostly been built in only the past hundred years. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. We as the teachers delegation visited the Bund, and the Yu Gardens with a whilwind trip to the Shanghai Museum. The School leaders delegation got to see all of them, but we were whisked off to our next stop of Qufu, which I’ll write about in another blog post.
Shanghai – The Bund
The Bund is technically not in any of these photos as the Bund runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River which is behind me when I took these photos. On the opposite bank however are these magnificent examples of ultra modern architecture.
Other Parts of Shanghai, including Yu Gardens
Shanghai has everything you could expect from a giant metropolis in China, complete with street vendors, giant skyscrapers, slums and the historic Yu Gardens which are now a pretty nifty traditional center piece for tourists.