By Cody Ng, Foster Undergraduate who participated in an exchange with Peking University in Beijing, China
In December, I had the opportunity to travel to Shanghai Disney—Disney’s newest park. As a huge Disney fan, this was an incredible, life-changing experience for me, and I cannot describe how much fun I had.
To get to Shanghai, I first booked my airplane tickets and Disney tickets on Ctrip, a website I highly recommend for travelling in China as ticket prices are typically cheaper on this platform. This was a spontaneous trip for me as I booked the tickets merely three days before flying out.
At Shanghai Disney, everything is very modern—the rides, the signs/translations, the food, etc. Some of the newer rides included Tron, Roaring Rapids, Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, and more. I won’t waste your time detailing each ride or fanboying over Shanghai Disney, but I will say that many of the rides, such as Tron, are not available anywhere else in the world.
Aside from Disney, Shanghai—which I was fortunate enough to visit twice—is a city that I’m in love with. An urban metropolis that never sleeps, the city has anything you can want or do. For me, I was able to eat at some of the most popular/famous restaurants in the city while enjoying the views at the Bund/Pudong, a beautiful harbor where you can view Shanghai’s skyline. To travel around in Shanghai, I utilized taxis and the subway. Taxis in Shanghai (and China in general) are much cheaper than taxis here in the U.S. and is a main form of travel for many people in China. The subway system is also very extensive and allows you to travel around the city very cheaply.
Overall, if you study abroad in China, I highly recommend visiting the country’s urban hubs. I visited both Shanghai and Hong Kong, and both were breathtaking, especially for someone who loves big cities, like me. In these metropolises, it is easy to travel around, even without knowing Chinese, and it’s fairly incredible to see all the big companies present in both. All in all, Shanghai (and Hong Kong) really demonstrated to me how fast China has grown and provided me an opportunity to explore life in China’s hustling, bustling city centers.