In Shanghai, you can see a Buddhist Monk speaking fluent English and French, or a Christian 7-year old talking to his friends in Chinese about the newest sky-scrapper built in the city. Traditional Chinese buildings sit elegantly on the edges of the towering modern-day skyscrapers in Nanjing Road. Just two blocks down, an art deco style building is squeezed in between two palace-like structures with their columns and fancy marbles. Walking down the streets, the smell of freshly made baozi (traditional Chinese dumpling), Chicken curry, and hot dogs tingle your nose.
Here, tradition is valued, yet people are open to change, where new technology blend in with the existing culture. Elders of the region can be found dancing and practicing Tai qi near the Science Museum of technology. Even in traditional dining areas, a convenient QR code can be found in the corner of every table for easy paying. The city continues to grow, with more and more people from around the world coming to this fascinating place to learn and grow.
[Photo of a menu with QR Code, https://mashable.com/2012/03/08/qr-codes-restaurants/?europe=true#Vl4.3MG4G8q9 ]
Attracted by the influx of people, the open mindset, and the vibrant local community, I wandered into Shanghai. Rather, to be honest, it was my mother who was fascinated about Shanghai and decided that I should attend a school that emphasizes both English and Chinese. She believed that an international city like Shanghai would elevate my high school experience, where I would truly become a global citizen who could speak more than three languages. But Shanghai proved to be so much more than a place to learn academically.
My experiences here in Shanghai have barely begun, where it's my 3rd year living in the city. I wish to continue my stay in the city, staying as an active participant of the Eastern pearl, Shanghai.
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