The “WeExplore CHINA” study tour is a specially designed program for the MUN participant. It’s aiming at providing a platform for young people to discover China in their own way. It would be different from a traditional trip where you follow the agenda and see China from an expected angle. Instead, we bring in a brand new concept that allows YOU to a partnership with local youth to explore Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and other authentic parts of China.
Understanding Chinese Culture- Shanghai
In recent years, Shanghai has been dominating and is the inspiration for cyberpunk culture. Visionary buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and the neon-illuminated Yan’an Elevated Road are examples that have uplifted the reputation of cyberpunk in Shanghai. The city is internationally well known for having a lively and energetic atmosphere. The features of Shanghai-style Culture include the pursuit of innovation and excellence along with diversification.
As Shanghai became more cosmopolitan, its interest in the arts and culture grew exponentially. Shanghai is developing its own style of customs, by bringing various and diverse new elements into the culture. Shanghai is not only preserving and innovating the traditional cultures in celebrations, folk arts and crafts, customs, antique collections, and martial arts sports, but also absorbing and developing cultures from foreign countries in entertainments, etiquettes, sports, foods, and costumes. Therefore Shanghai, in all its glory, is a fusion of its traditional and contemporary elements, which adds to the exoticness and cosmopolitan nature of the culturally diverse city.
The Bund, also called Waitan, is a famous waterfront on the west bank of Huangpu River and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. Here, the charm of Shanghai as a bustling metropolis combining the century-old history and flourishing future is fully presented, making the Bund Shanghai a must-see attraction.
SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER
Located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China is Shanghai World Financial Center, a 492 meters tall skyscraper with 101 floors. It is the second tallest skyscraper in mainland China after Shanghai Tower. The most distinctive feature of its design is the trapezoid aperture at its peak. The foundation stone of the tower was laid on 27 August 1997 and after a long effort was declared complete on 17 July 2008. The skyscraper is a mixed bag of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. Plan to come here on clear days as the view from the top is worth watching.
The Longhua Temple is a Buddhist Temple dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha in Shanghai, China. Built-in 242 AD, it is the oldest temple in Shanghai with a long history of over 1700 years. It occupies an area of over 20,000 square meters (five acres) and the architectural proportion is about 5,000 square meters. The tallest structure is the Longhua Pagoda which stands 40.4 meters high. Several wars have destructed most of the buildings of the temple, which were later reconstructed during the region of Emperor Tongzhi and Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. Large numbers of visitors and pilgrims come to Longhua Temple during fairs. Thus making it a place of great hustle and bustle.
Riverside Promenade in Shanghai lies along the Huangpu River in Pudong New Area stretching over a length of 2500 meters. Replete with shopping, dining, and distinctive architecture, it is the most popular attraction among locals and tourists. It is the best place to enjoy the beautiful view of the Bund, the ships and the river. There are a large number of restaurants, coffee houses, and ice-cream shops located on the sides of the road. At times there are a lot of fun activities and tournaments organized on the Riverside Promenade which attracts numerous people. At night, Riverside Promenade combines with the flood-control dam, music fountains, and the yacht marina which enjoy a reputation of “The New Bund in Pudong”
ORIENTAL PEARL TOWER
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district. It is surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, thus creating a picture of ‘twin dragons playing with pearls’. It is 468 meters (1,536 feet) high tower making it the world’s sixth and China’s second tallest TV and radio tower. More than its height, its unique architectural design makes it one of the most attractive places anywhere. The tower is brightly lit in different LED sequences at night.