Remember when I said I went shopping for Chinese clothes? Well, Friday night's dinner cruise down the Huangpu River, a 70 mile branch of the Yangtze River, was the reason for this absolutely necessary shopping excursion. Tim's orientation is over. To celebrate, the school treated the students to a dinner cruise. Spouses were allowed to attend for a minimal fee, so I tagged along for the adventure.
At 5:30pm, we were picked-up from our hotel and shuttled to The Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai. We boarded the boat for a few hours of site-seeing, socialization and of course dinner.
Our boat was huge! The top floor was the perfect place to take in Shanghai's magnificent skyline. The Huangpu River divides Shanghai in half. The part we live, Puxi, is a bit older and possesses a lot more of the traditional Chinese charm. The Pudong area of Shanghai is the more commercialized section and boasts HUGE skyscrapers. In fact, one skyscraper under construction is on target to be 2,075 feet tall!
We were encouraged to dress in traditional Chinese garb, so we went to a market and bartered for a dress and Tim's super comfy ‘exercise clothes’. That is what we were told, but I think they work better as pajamas.