Day 2 in Shanghai!

Lunch at the Factory

Today we went to a clothing factory in the suburbs of Shanghai. After an hour-long bus ride, we arrived at a small, single story clothing factory of only 110 employees. The owner (a woman) greeted us and showed us around. Surprisingly, there weren’t a ton of machines  (only one room of them) and the rest of the work was done by hand. After lunch, we spent some time socializing with some of the girls in the factory – many of them were between 17 and 22 years old!  At first, they were skeptical and a bit shy, but after we sang a song in Chinese for them, as well as some Taylor Swift, they really opened up. They were super friendly, wanted to take tons of pictures (especially of the blond-hair blue-eyed girls in our group), and even gave some of us lollipops.

Mirrored Reflection

Mirrored Reflection

After we left the factory, we returned to the hostel before taking the subway to the Pudong (financial district) region of Shanghai. Compared to some of the other parts of Shanghai, the financial district is super modern and could even be mistaken for New York City or Tokyo. We went to the Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory, which looks like a bottle opener (look it up!) to watch the sunset. It was 101 floors tall with a glass floor so we could look down on the streets and the river. We were super impressed by the elevator – it was so fast that our ears popped (it went 8 meters per second!) and felt sort of like Drop Zone on the way down.

We ended the night by stopping for dinner in the People’s Square and doing a quick debrief of the day. We are all tired from our adventures but super excited for the next day in Shanghai!

Shanghai Panorama

Shanghai Panorama

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