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

Life In The City That Likes Its Eggs Sunnyside Up



   Alright, we're going with it: Shanghai is now Shanghai, The City That Likes Its Eggs Sunnyside Up until an acceptable replacement title presents itself.
   Shanghai is beautiful. Simply, beautiful. It doesn't look like a city so much as a port of call for giant starships masquerading as skyscrapers. Interspersed between these futuristic buildings are structures that are clearly relics of the city's colonial past. The effect is a disorienting one, as while walking through the city you switch rapidly between scenes from futuristic cartoons about warring space robots and those of disoriented colonials getting their bearings in a new place.
   We were lucky enough to visit the Shanghai Museum, a treasure trove of Chinese art ranging from 22 B.C. ceramic pieces to ceremonial pieces from the reign of China's last emperor. We also visited Yu Yuan garden today, an odd mix of traditional buildings and spandex-wearing European tourists. Yup, spandex. We don't need to investigate that much further.
   I think that's all for today. Thanks for reading, and be sure to write us when you get the chance.