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  • So day one here in Shanghai, it's a little

  • chilly, about 40 degrees or so.

  • This is the view from my hostel.

  • You can kind of see more of the older part of the city here, and you can see way in the

  • back is where I'm going today: The Pearl Tower.

  • I got to say the best thing about my hostel is it's about a two minute walk from the subway.

  • So I walk out of my building, take a right, take another right, and the subway is right there.

  • To ride the subways in Shanghai, you'll have to purchase either a daily or unlimited card

  • and load it up with value.

  • After that, you'll swipe in and swipe out each time you take a ride.

  • Not only is everything written in both Chinese and English, but the announcements are made

  • in both languages as well.

  • So I'm here outside of the Pearl Tower which goes up 351m.

  • I got my ticket right here, should be about 3 hours to get up, so lets take a ride.

  • From the top of the Pearl Oriental Tower, you'll get an amazing view of Shanghai.

  • From this bird's eye view, you can see just how quickly Shanghai has grown in just 30 years

  • In 1990 the population was 9 million residents, and in less than three decades the city's

  • population has exploded, it's tripled to nearly 27 million people, making it the fastest growing

  • city in the world.

  • You'll get an up close and personal view of Shanghai's three tallest buildings: The Shanghai

  • World Financial Center, The Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai Tower.

  • All three are the size of the Empire State Building or World Trade Center, they're huge.

  • One of the best features of the Oriental Pearl Tower is the level with transparent floors.

  • It's a little nerve racking, but you got to try it.

  • They also have this 3D video dedicated to the future of Shanghai with floating buildings

  • and crazy highways straight out of a science fiction movie.

  • So I just checked out the Pearl Oriental Tower.

  • I got to say it's my favorite thing here in Shanghai so far.

  • Being here and seeing this city from up high you can just see how far the city has come

  • in just 30 years.

  • When you walk around The Bund you realize what an international city Shanghai has become.

  • The towering buildings go on and on and on.

  • At this point I'm just waiting for it to get dark so I can see the buildings light up,

  • but I got to say, this is... this is amazing.

  • Just checked out the Shanghai Museum.

  • There is over a million pieces in the museum.

  • A lot of old ceramics, furniture, clothing.

  • If you're going to take the subway here, I definitely recommend taking the subway to the People's Square.

  • From there it's about a 5 minute walk and not too far is Nanjing Road which is where I'm heading next.

  • So I'm here in one of the most bustling parts of Shanghai called Nanjing Road.

  • This is one of the main shopping districts here in Shanghai.

  • Some of the malls here are crazy, they rival the size of King of Prussia or anything of that size

  • I mean they even have their own M&M store so...

  • Right now I'm walking down East Nanjing Road, as you can see it's a lot different at night,

  • it's all lit up.

  • I'm heading down to The Bund.

  • From here it's about a 10 minute walk to the water, I think everyone is heading to the same direction.

  • Everyone wants to see The Bund lit up at night, and who can blame them?

  • It's a beautifu l sight.

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  • So one thing you have to watch out for when

  • you're crossing the street is people on scooters.

  • Just because it's a red light does not mean they are going to stop.

  • I almost learned that the hard way so...

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  • I'm here along The Bund, seeing it all lit

  • up is a totally different experience than seeing it during the day.

  • One thing that I was a little surprised about is how oddly familiar everything in this city is.

  • If the signs weren't in Chinese I might think I was in New York City some places.

  • I'm starting my day by checking out Yu Yuan, also known as Yu Garden.

  • This spot was strongly recommended by my friend who's lived in Shanghai for four years, and

  • afterwards we're going to grab some of the best Xiao Long Bao in the city.

  • I was in China during the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival which is the largest human migration in the world.

  • Every year 1.4 billion people travel home to see family for two weeks just like we do for Christmas or New Years.

  • So I'm here at Yu Yuan or Yu Garden, a 5 acre garden that was created under the Ming Dynasty.

  • This was created for the political elite to kick back and relax, cause you know being

  • the emperor is stressful.

  • Yu Yuan offers some really cool walk-ways, and they have these ponds filled with coy-fish.

  • So I just ordered some Xiao Long Bao.

  • Just outside of Yu Garden you'll find some amazing Xiao Long Bao or Soup Dumplings.

  • Be careful when taking a bite, otherwise you might get sprayed in the face with a little hot liquid.

  • You can either take a bite and suck out the liquid, or you can do what I like to do which

  • is just pop the whole thing in your mouth.

  • Mmmmm.

  • That is really good.

  • Haha.

  • That is really, really good.

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  • Shei Shei (thank you)

  • So I just had some Guan Tang Bao, the way you eat them is either a straw.

  • The liquid inside is very hot and at the bottom there is usually pork or some meat.

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  • So I just saw the China Art Museum and I got to say, it is not for anyone who has a fear of heights.

  • You go up these big steps and then the elevators keep going up and up and up.

  • Very cool, definitely check it out.

  • China Art Museum.

  • After the museum, I met up with some friends that were living in Shanghai.

  • Nick is actually living with his wife Zahra here in Shanghai.

  • They've been here for about 6 month?

  • Nick: Six months now, we came here actually in August.

  • Just jumped on a plane from New York.

  • Knew little.

  • Didn't know where we were going to live, didn't know anything about our apartment, and came over and relocated.

  • Today we are in beautiful Tianzifang.

  • Tianzifang is about a block away from our home, it's right in downtown city center Shanghai.

  • It's kind of like a little touristy spot with a bunch of boutique shops.

  • Zahra: It looks like real food, I think it's adorable.

  • Nick: You can literally get anything that you want manufactured here.

  • Companies will make contact with China.

  • Bring it over here, find a factory.

  • They can bust out a quick prototype incredibly fast.

  • Robbie: What is that?

  • Zahra: I think it's a fake Chinese passport.

  • Oh, this is amazing!

  • These are dumplings of every animal you can think of.

  • They're so cute.

  • Pigs and penguins and ducks and...

  • I think this is like Spongebob?

  • Bears.

  • Robbie: Later in the night, Nick and Zahra took me to an awesome hookah bar where we

  • discussed living in Shanghai and working as teachers in the city.

  • Zahra: And I thought I was going to feel like a freak when I came here.

  • I often, won't see another person of color... and what I mean is African heritage for weeks at a time.

  • It'll be like two weeks before I see somebody that looks like me.

  • And I thought that would make me feel really uncomfortable and feel like a freak, and I

  • really don't.

  • Concepts of beauty vary from country to country, in America I get made fun of because I'm so pale

  • Someone asked my friend if they would... like she had to hold their baby and they took a picture of her and their baby.

  • Robbie: A lot of parents will do that, they want a picture of their kid with a foreigner.

  • Zahra: You are more of like a celebrity here.

  • Nick: Check your privilege Rob! haha.

  • Zahra: And no one has done that to me, and no one does it to Nick because they think Nick is Chinese.

  • So...

  • Robbie: They have a lot of these international teaching programs

  • Nick: It's very different these two languages, Chinese and English, they're so different. It's difficult to get some of the tones so they'll hire a native speaker so they can

  • learn a native cadence and pronunciation. They learn grammar better than us.

  • Zahra: I get so many offers for private tutoring, like people want me to tutor their kids privately,

  • that I can't even take all of them.

  • They want their kids to be competitive in the global economy.

  • They often set you up with housing.

  • That was honestly one of the selling points, like okay, you're going to move to a foreign

  • country, and I don't need to pay rent and I have a job, and I don't need to worry about

  • finding a house in this massive city.

  • That's really scary.

  • Robbie: For my last day in Shanghai, I hopped on a public bus and worked my way to the water

  • town of Zhujuiajiao.

  • Oh man, what a great way to end my trip here in Shanghai.

  • Made a new friend today, his name is Kenny.

  • Kenny has probably had one of the most interesting lives that I've ever heard.

  • He's lived in London.

  • Kenny: Yes, in Hong Kong, in England, in France, in US, in ugh...

  • Australia, New Zealand.

  • Robbie: So do you have a favorite place, out of all the places you've been?

  • Kenny: Actually...

  • New Zealand.

  • Queenstown.That's the most beautiful town I ever imagine.

  • Okay?

  • Every now and again I still think about it, when I am tired, when I'm exhausted, when

  • I am down, I think about it.

  • I want to always go back.

  • Robbie: Do you watch The Lord of the Rings?

  • Showed me around the town a little bit.

  • Totally took me back to riding the gondolas in Venice.

  • This part of town is really cool, you really get a sense of what Shanghai used to look like

  • and a lot of that history a has been a little bit swept away with the building

  • of all the new sky scrappers and things.

  • Kenny: Life is like history, it's like a movie, okay... when I look for it now.

  • I'm 62 years old, and I think the most important is, to do things you feel most comfortable

  • and to be with people you most... ugh... you feel most

  • Robbie: At home with?

  • Kenny: Yes!

  • And then ugh... that's it.

  • Nothing, nothing is more important... then the people you love, the people you care, that's it.

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