Our day started with a ride on the subway to a market below the busy city of Shanghai. April 5th was the Qingming Festival so there is a short holiday over the weekend which means the city is VERY busy. Our first challenge was to buy a ticket and get everyone onto an extremely crowded train. We split into small groups so we could help each other on and off the train. You virtually have to fight your way on and off when it is this busy and at times you are just moved along by the crowd! We all arrived at the correct station and split up to try our luck at bartering with the shopkeepers. At this stage of the tour Andrew and Lachlan are leading the way with their hard line bartering!
After taking all of our bargains back to the hotel the student disappeared into the crowds in the East Nanjing Rd Walking Street to find some lunch. Most students headed to McDonalds and Subway before making their way back to a very relieved Mr Chester who was waiting at the beginning of the walking street.
We visited the Shanghai Museum after our lunch and spent some time looking at the ancient bronze, sculptures,seals, coins and much more. The museum is situated in The Peoples Square which is a large area of grass, trees and gardens amongst the tall buildings in the centre of Shanghai.It is a very popular place on beautiful Spring days such as this one. After the museum we went underground again and into a huge shopping centre and market area. Many of the Neerim girls had their nails done while the rest of us shopped or spent time in the amusement arcade.
Dinner tonight was in a restaurant near the Yuyuan Garden. After returning to the hotel those who were still feeling energetic went for a walk to see the Walking Street at night while others chose to relax in their rooms after a very bust day.