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Students with Confucius Institute Scholarships take part in Shanghai culture investigation


12 November 2015 | By Wain Williams, Williams Michael | SISU

  • Shanghai Tour

    Yu Garden

  • Shanghai Tour

    Yu Garden

  • Shanghai Tour

    Warehouse of Four Banks

  • Shanghai Tour

    Warehouse of Four Banks

  • Shanghai Tour

    Huangpu River

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n 14th October, 2015, the School of Chinese Studies and Exchange at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) organised a day trip around Shanghai, with the purpose of introducing the scholarship students to some history and culture of Shanghai. There were three main groups who took part; short term language students, bachelor degree students and master degree students.

The trip began at 12:30, and everybody met at the fountain in the centre of the campus. We met our tour guide on the bus, who introduced some local history to us as we drove to our first destination, which was the “Warehouse of Four Banks”, a relic left over from World War Two, when the Japanese army invaded Shanghai and attempted to loot the city. The four major banks of the time had all their gold bullion and other treasures locked away in this large warehouse, and so the Japanese shot at and bombarded the walls with cannon fire. The original wall is preserved so you can see the damage done. Inside are some exhibitions regarding the war which explain the what, when and why of the incident, as well as how the Chinese Nationalist military defended the area.

Our second destination was Yu Garden, which the guide explained to us was built during the end of the Ming dynasty by a prominent local business man. The garden is in an identical style to Suzhou, so for those who don’t have the time or means to visit there, Yu Garden is a fine substitute. We also had plenty of free time to explore the surrounding area, which is known as Cheng Huang Miao (City God Temple), which is a shopping and souvenir area, where the buildings are set in a neo-traditional design. The area is extremely crowded, with tourists coming from all over China, however it is a good place to pick up some local handicrafts, such as snuff bottles painted from the inside, finger paintings or sandalwood scented fans. Tough haggling is required however!

As many of our classmates practice Islam, our dinner was in a Xinjiang style restaurant, where it could be made sure the food was Halal. We had grilled mutton ribs, fish, beef and kebabs, all with a Central Asian flavour to them. After dinner we headed over to the dock for the final part of the itinerary, which was a cruise along the Huangpu River at night to enjoy the lights of the city. The contrast between old and new on Puxi and Pudong respectively, is mesmerising, on the one side you have the colonial architecture of the Bund, mostly built by Britain and other colonial powers during the 19th Century, and the other side you have the futuristic skyscrapers posing menacingly down at “old Shanghai”, almost tauntingly making a statement “this is modern China”.

All in all we had a great day out, and I would like to thank SISU for organising such a nice trip for all us students, so that we could appreciate the city we will call home for our time here.

The author is an international student from the United Kingdom, studying at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).

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