Shanghai is simply impressive.
For the past two days, our team of partner schools has been cared for so kindly by our China team members, Jane and Penny, and provided such a keen insight into an amazing powerful and influential city.
If Beijing represented China’s past, Shanghai is most certainly the future.
After the Opium War, Shanghai has grown with tremendous speed to be a city of creativity, financial power, and a status symbol of where China hopes to continue to grow.
From visiting the Jade Temple, Chinese Garden, museums and stores, the “first timers” are a bit overwhelmed.
Not in just the amazing experiences thus far, but by the vast contrast of what we expected.
As we sat on the 94th floor of the highest tower in Shanghai (well at least for three more months) we all reflected on the shocking differences in thought we are experiencing.
Mary Kay Napoli from Villa Maria Academy, said it best when she said “I was warned that China was dirty, faithless, and overly crowded.” As she paused, the group, in solidarity, understood how baseless these claims were.
Our New Oasis team has been amazed so far by the cleanliness of the streets, the array of floral arrangements everywhere (even the highways have hanging baskets!) and the immense spirituality the people express. And although we are in cities that have more than 20 million people, the people smile, say “nihao” and want to take photos with us!
It is the human connection of kindness and spirituality and respect for nature that is bringing a local perspective to a global community.
Words can not truly express what the past nine days have taught the group however one thing is certain- the discovery of connecting to another country is an overwhelming and changing experience!
Director of Homestay 360