Six students from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College trek across Mongolia in search of illumination, perspective, and the perfect cup of Yak-milk tea.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Did you know spell check doesn't work in China?

    One delightful night on the express train and we've arrived in Shanghai.
Our window was attacked by small rocks last night, making my cabin exceptionally happy to have double pain windows and obscuring our view for the remaining trip.
    Shanghai has changed a lot since I was here in high school. The industrial build up is amazing. The center of town is more remaining of the Jetsons than a Chinese pagoda. The city seems younger too. Maybe it is because it is a Sunday, or maybe I have jet lag cause it's really Monday, but there were an enormous number of college students and young parents with babies strolling the streets. It makes the city much friendlier than Beijing, but just as smoggy.
    Tomorrow we'll travel to the water cities, about 1/2 hour outside of Shanghai. They are supposed to be China's version of Venice and are quickly disappearing due to pollution, development and the water shortages. Steve's chosen a less visited site and we might not be overrun by tourists. Later we'll visit the Pearl Radio TV tower, the highest in Asia. I'm excited, I passed out at the top in high school and didn't even get to see the view. I let you know if I make it this time around...