After over 8 months of preparation, including attending Chinese language and culture classes, and getting to know their fellow travelers, the group of 27 ambassadors finally embarked on their trip to China. The students said goodbye to their families, checked in their baggage, and by 1:00 am, were off the ground. After a 13 hour flight, the group had finally touched down in China! Upon arrival at the Beijing airport, SOS connected for their flight to Shanghai.
When they arrived in Shanghai, SOS met their tour manager, Polly, who took them to lunch at a local restaurant. At the restaurant students were able to have their first taste of the local Chinese cuisine. They ate a variety of foods served in the traditional “family style” arrangement on a lazy Susan. After the great meal, the student ambassadors were taken to the city to learn about the history of Shanghai and experience the contrast of Old and New China. The ambassadors got to see the Shanghai Tower, which is the second tallest building in the world,the Oriental pearl tower, and many other famous landmarks. They also saw the old colonial historic district. After exploring Shanghai, the students ate dinner, checked into their hotel, and got ready for their trip to Wuxi!