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Buns & The Bund

After Thursday morning discussion sections at ECNU, I usually like to catch up on notes/some work at my favorite coffee corner: 520 Coffee. Norah Jones-playing 520 Coffee is my little safe haven when I want to escape the busy streets and city life on their comfy couches. If you’re ever in the mood for a convenient chopped salad, warm sandwich, or dessert buns right off of campus, this is your place to study and dine with plenty of seating.

After some studying, a handful of us decided to visit a rooftop venue on the Bund which overlooks the stunning Shanghai skyline.

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IMG_6132 520 Coffee: my favorite study corner

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Excursion #2 – Ni Hao, Bao

The Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation, a huge beneficiary of China’s rapid urbanization and development, is the world’s second largest steel manufacturer, producing an annual sum of over 30 million tons of steel. We visited the factory in which they heat, mold, steam, and cut massive rods of steel into functional pieces and the Baosteel exhibit where they showcase the importance and global presence of Baosteel products.

Safety First


Never have I experienced heavy manufacturing operations other than what I have watched on “How It’s Made”. From the viewing balcony, I could feel the furnace heat radiating upwards.


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A Footprint of China’s Rapid Urbanization

After each of our Friday field trips end at around noon, we are dismissed to explore the city or return back to the dorms – whichever we prefer. A large group of us decided to check the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum off of our Shanghai bucket list. The Urban Planning Exhibition Center is a 6-story building showcasing historical, current, and planned buildings. China’s incredibly rapid development and urbanization over the past few decades can be illustrated through this exhibit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASUPEC – Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

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Excursion #1 – Redeveloped Shanghai Slaughterhouse

My roommate and I rose at 8am to the chugging and hissing sounds of the charter bus parked in front out of our building, waiting for us all to file in and explore the parts of Shanghai that have demonstrated urban development/industrialization in recent decades.  Today, the itinerary held plans to visit a former Shanghai slaughterhouse which has been redeveloped to hold office spaces, creative coffee shops, upscale furniture boutiques, photography studios to name a few. It was interesting to note Continue reading Excursion #1 – Redeveloped Shanghai Slaughterhouse

Tianzifang Today: An Enclave of arts, alternative cuisine, and blood bank?

A fun, cosmopolitan maze of neon lights, boutique shops, unconventional cuisine, and cobblestone,  Tianzifang is a tourist attraction for the senses: twinkling lights for the eyes, aromatic restaurants, bustlin’ sounds in the busy alleyways, cheers for the 2014 World Cup from neighboring bars, and fascinating foods for the palette.

Formerly a residential area in the French Concession, Tianzifang was redeveloped for businesses in 2006 and popularized by the media.


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