We’re in Shanghai
We’ve made it to Shanghai and are having a wonderful time. We’ve spent each day at the Expo where the crowds are huge (500,000 each day!!) but well ordered. The heat is high, 102 degrees the first afternoon, but there are covered walkways with fans and sprinklers. The building designs are spectacular!! One is more creative and beautiful than the next. We’ve found great restaurants where Barry and I can eat a wonderful meal including beer for about $8.00, so Barry is especially happy. We did experience a torrential downpour at the Expo the first day there, which did cool everything down, but not before flooding the bank (China’s#1 bank) where we had taken refuge, so our time here is eventful.
To get a view of what we’ve been seeing go to <www.expo.cn> for a virtual tour. If we had looked first, we would have avoided Romania, and the reallllllllly long wait there for a twenty minute concert that told us almost nothing about a sustainable future or about Romania. But we loved the pavilions for Norway, Ireland, and Croatia all for different reasons. Most we’ve seen are at least good. Yesterday we were smarter about avoiding some of the heat and didn’t go until the afternoon; it was cooler and we didn’t get caught in a downpour. In the seven hours we were there, we saw only the US pavilion (we by-passed the line with our passports and the help of two Harvard students working here) and the Chinese pavilion. Each Chinese province has a different exhibit. Of course, I wanted to see the Zhejiang exhibit, but while most of the others were open for a walk through, Zhejiang had a two-hour wait with very tired looking people who were camped out on the floor. I learned people were waiting to see the very unique exhibit and a film about the water in Zhejian, but we didn’t wait. I figure I’ll get to see it for myself soon.
Tomorrow, we get picked up at 10:00 am to be taken to Lin’an and our school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University. We’re excited.