On Saturday morning it was time to leave Busan and to say good bye to South Korea. In two groups we flew to Shanghai. With over 23 million habitants, Shanghai is a global city with influence in commerce, finance and culture. Our group met at 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Bund Riverside Hotel to make its way to the Tianchan Beijing Opera Central Yifu Theatre to see a traditional Chinese opera. After a short interdictory film we were astonished to see the traditional face paintings, colourful costumes and choreographies. Afterwards, we met outside the opera to get informed by the organisation team about the plans for Sunday. Then, everybody went out to enjoy the nightlife that Shanghai has to offer.
On Sunday, after a generous breakfast buffet, we met at our hotel lobby at 9 am and were given the admission tickets for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus by the organising team to get an overview of Shanghai. Shanghai is a vibrant city with a rich history stretching back over a thousand years. In recent times the city has witnessed extraordinary growth and the skyline symbolises its success and status as a truly global city. The bus ticket includes three different routes – the shanghai city tour, the pudong tour and the temple tour – with 20 stops at Shanghai’s attractions and places of interest, a digitally recorded commentary in 8 languages, as well as inclusive deals such as free entrance to the jade Buddha temple, to the jin mao tower observation deck or a Huangpu river cruise.
After the delivery of these tickets, the day could be planned individually, so that everyone could visit their preferred places and also get time to gather new energy for the upcoming tough schedule of the next few days.