Today we were supposed to go to the Bund. The Bund is a famous waterfront that is located on the Huangpu River and spans a little less than a mile. This area has a wide mix of architectural types that represent different styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism, and Renaissance. There is also a flood control wall that has been nicknamed the "lovers wall" and is a popular location to take pictures.
Unfortunately, it was raining all day today. We went to lunch early in hopes that the rain would let up and we could walk around after lunch, but the weather did not cooperate. We were able to see the skyline from the bus though. It was cool to see so many different shapes and types of buildings. I wish we had a chance to see it closer. Here is a picture of what we would have seen if the weather was cooperating.
Since there really isn’t much to say about the bund since we did not go there, I would like to talk a little about lunch. The meal was pretty typical to what we have been served. We had lots of vegetables, some meat dishes, and watermelon for dessert. We were surprised to see them bring out French fries though. Not served with ketchup though, rather some sort of plum sauce. After we were through eating we were waiting to leave when all of a sudden our tour guides started singing happy birthday. We all joined in and quickly notice that the guides were bringing out two huge cakes to help celebrate Dr. Hancock’s birthday tomorrow. They were decorated with all kinds of fruit and chocolate pieces. We all got a piece. It was a cool way to help celebrate Doc’s birthday, even if it was a day early!
After lunch, we headed to the airport and said goodbye to our guides. Although we were all sad to see them go, I think it is safe to say that we are all very excited for the next part of our trip, Japan!