Before the student ambassadors continued their journey to their sister city Wuxi, they had a chance to further explore Shanghai. A half day tour included learning about Chinese culture and traditional art, visiting the Yu Garden, and a silk weaving workshop. Built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, the Yu Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple. There, SOSers experienced the tranquility and beauty of an original Shanghai landmark. SOS then bussed over to the silk weaving workshop.
Student Ambassadors were able to touch and feel the silk for themselves and witness the process of how it’s made. After the tour, the students had a great chance to practice their Chinese by ordering lunch. They used their Chinese language cards, as well as what they had learned in Ms.Whitney's class to order various types of dumplings, sticky buns, and pork dishes. After the delicious lunch, the SOS student ambassadors boarded a high speed train to Wuxi. When the students arrived, they were welcomed by government officials from the city of Wuxi, and invited to a traditional Wuxi dinner.
As the long day of exploration and travel finally came to an end, it was time for the students to rest before they would get to see more of their sister city.