The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Shanghai - Day 2 - Sightseeing - 10th Sep 2012

Shanghai - Day 2 - Sightseeing After a ‘surprise’ wakeup call at 7am in three different languages, the team went down to our hotel restaurant for a massive breakfast to start the day. Another crazy bus ride filled with near-misses and tips from our lovely guide Jackie, we arrived in The Forbidden City. HUGE is one word to describe it. With one million workers taking years to complete it, we spent the morning gazing in awe at the beautiful buildings, artwork and amazing workmanship. Off to restaurant for lunch, the team was well fed with some new toilet experiences for some of the girls! Next was a stop by The Egg, a $3.6billion opera house made out of glass. Onto Tian’an men Square; the largest public square in the world. As the team posed for photos, we were surrounded by tons of locals taking photos of us too! Without even performing we became a tourist attraction. A walk underground and we found ourselves at the newly refurbished Beijing Museum. The team learnt a lot about Ancient and New China with history-expert Jackie providing a great insight for us. The long awaited Duck Banquet was incredible! We are now professional chopstick users so hopefully we are blending in! With full bellies some of the tem took a quick look at the nearby shops with live music, street performers and market stalls creating an awesome atmosphere. Zaijen!

Harriet Lintern and Chantelle Shatford

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