Week 2 Shanghai, Beijing & Osaka
With the start of week 2, we also added another city to the list. While most of the group travelled back to Shanghai Sunday night, Martijn and Kelly stayed in Beijing for further research and several appointments. Besides gaining a lot of new information through almost 10 appointments, both at companies and universities, Martijn and Kelly also gained a new physical skill, a flat-footed squat, also known as the asian squat. Many western people find this way of ‘sitting’ to be uncomfortable but with a bit of practice it does get better!
A lot has happened in Shanghai as well. Willemijn went to many parks and malls to conduct her survey among the Chinese public. And Walter and Annabel flew to Osaka on Wednesday after 1,5 week of hard work in China. Excited for what Japan has in store for them, it was unfortunate to see another part of the group leave for Japan.
We tried to dive into the traditional Chinese culture by going for a traditional Shanghainese dinner at Jian’Guo 328 in Shanghai. A tiny restaurant in a former french concession,
Dishes include include the deep-fried duck legs, aubergine casserole, scallion-oil noodles and yellow croaker (that’s a local fish) spring rolls (Lonely Planet)
In Japan they celebrated a week of hard work by having dinner and singing Karaoke with the Japanese students they have been working with for 2 weeks.
While the Japan group did not have much time for excursions, as an early morning flight to Tokyo awaited them on Sunday morning, the Shanghai group took the train to Huangshan for a hiking day at the famous Yellow Mountains and ancient village Hongcun.