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It’s easy to think that there’s only one right way.  I often think that things that I’m used to back home are just “normal” everywhere.  Yesterday, I saw a guy on the side of the road with a pet turtle on a leash, and today I saw a cat on a leash. I had to laugh at both because it was so unusual for me.  I’m used to seeing dogs on leashes, but it’s a strange sight to see other animals like this. It made me stop and think — is my perspective correct?

Over the past few days, I’ve been touring around Shanghai with our second group of students.  My view of the city is vastly different the second time around.  Seeing something for the first time makes all of my senses come alive. I notice things differently, and I am so busy looking around that I can barely focus on anything else.  Returning here, I am starting to notice different things about the city, and I’ve also had more time to focus on other things, like conversations with others and shopping.

Shanghai is a massive city, and I have been seeing it from a number of different perspectives.  No matter which view, visiting Shanghai feels like going into the future.  Here’s the view from just below the World Financial Center (the building on the left).  The building on the right is shorter, even though it looks taller.

Here’s the view from the top of the World Financial Center, pictured above on the left.  Last time we went, it was very cloudy (see that post here). We got a clear day this time around.  Wow!  Notice below the lighted up building in the front — that’s the building on the right in the picture above.

Finally, here’s a view from across the river, taken a few hours ago:

Which view is the best? In my opinion, the world is a more beautiful place with multiple perspectives.

Mao Mao Mao

Who was Mao Zedong? We see his face everywhere — on almost every piece of money, on paintings hung in restaurants, on products sold in shops, and more.  Mao was the first leader of the “People’s Republic of China,” bringing the country together despite civil war that was taking place when he came into power. To many older Chinese people, Mao is a hero, and he is almost worshiped like a God.  Many younger Chinese people (and foreigners) do not like Mao.  He brought Communism to China and forced people to give up their religions and other traditions in order to become more modern and industrial.

If you visit China, you will see Mao EVERYWHERE.  See if you can tell which of the images below are making fun of Mao, and which are showing him respect:

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As the new students arrive, I am realizing just how much I’ve learned about China since I got here.  And there’s so much more to do and see. Today, we did a lot of airport pick ups, but the new session and the real exploring begin again tomorrow.

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