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


    Shanghai was a welcome change from touristy Beijing. The hectic car ride and authentic Chinese dinner with our tour guide and driver made it feel all the more real. The architecture in this city is magnificent. We were told that when a company wants to build a new skyscraper the city rejects all plans that are too plain or pedestrian. The result is a city with an inspired and original skyline, even through the dense smog. It's scope and beauty seems the physical manifestation of the most melodious Peking Opera.
    Today we visited the Shanghai Muesum of Boring Old Stuff. It was of course brimming with interesting Chinese cultural artifacts(1000 year old pieces of jade) which I found less interesting than sitting outside and staring at the skyscrapers. Oh well, one doesn't have to love everything intellectual. Anyhow, it was a good day all around.