- NRRT 320 International Issues in Recreation and Tourism
- HIST 466 U.S.-China Relations Since 1800
Until the mid-nineteenth century, Shanghai was a small fishing town on the Huangpu River. Since becoming a treaty port under the Treaty of Nanking, its unparalleled locational advantages have sustained its position as one of China’s leading cities.
This orientation begins with a visit to Yu Garden, a fully restored classical Chinese garden with ingeniously mingling pavilions and corridors, small hills and carefully selected and placed rocks, lotus ponds, bridges, winding paths, trees and shrubs. Proceed to the Old Town Bazaar followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the historic Shanghai Bund, a seven-mile-long grand boulevard on the bend of the Huangpu River, followed by a visit to Xintiandi and the charming art district of Tianzifang. Xintiandi is a fashionable pedestrian street composed of traditional Shikumen (‘stone gate’) style houses that now serve as boutique shops and restaurants. Tianzifang used to be an unassuming laneway in a factory area but has now transformed into the art district of Shanghai. Here you will find many art galleries, as well as private studios, craft shops and some of the most charming bars and cafes in Shanghai. Finally, visit the Shanghai Museum for a self-guided tour (headsets provided) before heading back to the ship.
“I love how much we fit in in one day. I would not have been able to do so many things in one day if I had travelled independently.” – Katherine V. Spring 2016 Student Voyager