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Your First Week in Shanghai

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You’ve just spent a very long time on an airplane and arrived at the Shanghai airport. Welcome to China! Now what? Hopefully, you have someone who picked you up from the airport and brought you to where you’ll be staying. If not, put on your walking shoes and good luck hitchhiking! Just kidding, we know you are more prepared than that. Being the savvy China traveler that you are, you will have already printed out your destination in Chinese to show to the tens of airport taxicabs waiting to escort you to where you’ll be calling home for the duration of your stay in China. You should have plenty of time during your 1-3 month Gi2C internship in Shanghai to get a real feel for the city.  Once you’ve unpacked and are over jetlag, there are so many things for you to do and see in Shanghai that you might...
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Shanghai interns’ Huangpu outing: Tianzi Fang on Taikang Lu

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Tianzi Fang  is a walking and shopping area filled with edgy marketing and design studios, gorgeous fashion and interior outlets and established artists of all varieties. There are also some great restaurants, cafes and bars to sustain this hungry creative bunch and the curious who walk around this local Shanghai hangout. The area was originally a residential and factory zone and is now home to Shanghai’s trendsetters. The architecture is breathtaking, the shops filled with novelties, the food is delicious and the people you’ll find out and about are as diverse as the shops within. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and enjoy the mix of old with new. Our Shanghai interns found it to be “a very interesting place to visit filled with character”. Most likely they’ll be back on their own to spend some more time in this eclectic part of town.
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MAY
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Life in Shanghai - Urban Planning Museum Outing

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Our Gi2C Group Shanghai interns  checked out the Urban Planning Museum last week. It’s not your typical museum as it allows you to have a Godzilla perspective of a mini-sized Shanghai! The model shows not only existing structures but also future buildings. Shanghai has changed so much in the past 20 years, it’s ridiculous, and seeing where the city is headed is even more exciting! We hope our interns will stick around and work in China  long-term to be apart of and contribute to this rapidly developing city and country. "Undoubtedly, the Urban Planning Exhibition Center, both outside and inside, is what one refers to as splendor of the mind. I had the chance of joyfully observing the scale model of Shanghai, a delightful garden of steel and concrete, so immense and diverse for the eye to capture at once. Also, I found visual fascination in how Shanghai has evolved...
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Exploring The Ancient Water Town Of Zhujiajiao With Gi2C

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Some of our newly arrived Shanghai interns recently had the opportunity to explore to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao which is just outside of Shanghai . This village has over 30 pedestrian bridges, which are the perfect place to stop and take a photo. Going under the bridges on a riverboat cruise is also a great way to experience Zhujiajiao. Let’s see what our Gi2C Group  interns had to say about it. This Chinese little old town is a very interesting one. It is the Venice of Shanghai and if you are interested in experiencing its beauty, you need to go to Zhujiajiao to explore it yourself. I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to visit this town that has so much historical value. I loved to see the Chinese landscapes and architectures. One thing I have learned from the tour was that Shanghai is not representative of...
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Hello Yuri, Your interns seem in awe of that ancient town. Their feelings are reflected in the beautiful photos and heart-felt co... Read More
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JUN
08
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Day Trips from Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang


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China is big. Huge. There's lots to see, and as an intern in China , you won’t see it all. But at  Getin2China , we encourage you to at least try. Traveling around China is easier than ever before, and transportation is rapidly improving, making it faster and more convenient for tourists to bob around. As a transport hub in China, Shanghai is an excellent base for day trips or other short hauls (and so is  Beijing  - check out a previous post about short haul trips from Beijing here ). We take a look at two can't-miss destinations during your time in Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. Suzhou Contrary to an image of China as one of environmental degradation and cities of concrete and steel, Suzhou, directly west of Shanghai in neighboring Jiangsu Province , offers something vastly different. Known as the 'Venice of the East' for its abundance of...
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Life in Shanghai: Getting Shanghai'd!

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We've gotten Shanghai'd. And now, so can you! The following post is a narrative about some of the best ways to spend a night out in Shanghai. It is common knowledge that Shanghai is mainland China's most cosmopolitan city, but most people have no idea just how cool this place really is. Whether you are looking for glitz and glamour or grungy chic, Shanghai has something for you. The evening is the best time to arrive. Shanghai comes to life at night, the bright lights illuminating the collision of commerce and culture. Modern China is on display and there is no better way to take in the show than on the bank of the Huangpu river with a cold Tsingtao and 10,000 other - mostly domestic - tourists snapping photos. Behind you is the elegance of the Bund. Sophisticated and a symbol of status, the Bund is a reflection of...
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06
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Life in Shanghai: A 10-Minute History [Video]


While combing through YouTube's densely populated content listings, I came across this awesome little video about one of the world's great cities - Shanghai, China. The video is jam-packed full of interesting information regarding all things Shanghai. Take 10 minutes out of your day and become a Shanghai expert! Enjoy. Get in2 China YouTube Channel
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Life in Shanghai: A Dumpling Destination



Shanghai is China's sweetest city. Well, at least from a culinary stand-point. Shanghai cooking uses the more sugar than any of China's 33 different sheng , or provinces. This translates to a large number of sweet and savory snacks to be found throughout the city. Another well-known culinary tradition in Shanghai  is the Shanghainese obsession with delectable dumplings. Steamed, pan-fried, soup-filled - though many different varieties can be found around town, I'll be introducing you to my two most favorite styles of dumplings, both of which happen to be indigenous to Shanghai. We know that interns get hungry, so here you go - eat your heart out! Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) - Tender, Soup-Filled Flavor Explosion The first time I tried Xiao Long Bao, it changed my life. I had no idea it was even possible to cram so much deliciousness into such a small, delicate package. Traditional pork or pork...
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